Donald Ira Butler, 87, of Pampa, Texas, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at Coronado Healthcare Center in Pampa following a long-extended battle with the killer Alzheimer’s.
Services were 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Pampa with Pastor Paul Nachtigall of Highland Baptist Church of Pampa officiating. Burial followed in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Pampa. Military honors were courtesy of Volleys for Veterans in Amarillo. Arrangements were under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa.  
Don was born and raised in Ardmore where he participated in track and field through high school until military duty called. He served four years active duty in Japan during the Korean Conflict and two years reserve duty while pursuing higher education at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. While in college, he met Marilyn. They were married in Arkansas City, Kan., on Dec. 6, 1958. Don received bachelor’s degrees in both geology and chemistry from OSU. This led to a lifelong career with Cabot Corporation starting as a lab chemist and climbing the ladder to manager of the North American Research & Development division.
A highlight of every summer during this time was two weeks spent with his Cabot family at the BAR NI Ranch in Colorado. For many years the Whiskey Creek upper campground had “reserved for Butler” on it. This also fit in perfectly with his passion for geology as he was an amateur rock hound, scrambling through the hills of Colorado and the American West.
A lifelong NRA member and active for years in the Pampa Gun Club, Don was an avid second amendment supporter. This was complemented by his membership in the John Birch Society and the Tax Reform Immediately movement throughout the 70’s and 80’s.  He believed “the government had enough money; they didn’t need his.” Filing taxes every year is way overrated.  
He leaves his wife of 61 years, Marilyn Jane Richard Folsom Butler; his son, Michael Butler and wife, Teresa; a daughter, Diana Herrington and husband, Bob; a son-in law, Robert Pankratz; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nephew, Randy Evers; cousins, Alfred Hughes and Anita Rutledge, second cousin, DeAnn Taylor; and other numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Kay Evers and daughter, Patricia Pankratz.
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