Timothy James Butler (27), Hydesville, passed away June 18, 2019.

“Don’t be afraid to try something new!” was one of Tim’s favorite quotes. He was always very active, participating in everything from 4-H, raising sheep, to Boy Scouts, to outdoors and piano.

Timothy started life as a very strong-willed child, later softened and became very teachable. At an early age he decided to follow Jesus, and we read through the Bible together in the mornings as father and son. Timothy led two of his younger brothers to the Lord.

Tim loved adventure, and as a Boy Scout was a Life Scout in Fortuna with Troop 7 and later lead Troop 353, when we moved to Ukiah. In Troop 353 he was the first of 10 Eagle Scouts of the Troop. Eagle Scout and best friend, Philip Gilbert introduced Tim and our family to Civil War Reenacting, where he learned to contra dance. He loved to dance. I’m so thankful to all the Godly men of the troop and area who helped mentor Timothy. It is helpful when other Godly Men are saying the same thing to your son as you are.

Timothy was schooled at home until he graduated from high school. Then he attended Mendocino Junior College, where he excelled, taking every class he could possibly take before going to a university. He enrolled at UC Davis and graduated in only two years with a B.S. degree in Computer Science. After coming home he landed a job in his field, with the City of Eureka and their I.T. department. I will always be proud of him for paying off his student debt in only six months. Later he was selected to head the Eureka Police Department’s I.T. needs. Just in the last few months he was promoted to Senior I.T. Analyst. Timothy was loved and is grieved by his co-workers for his compassion. How he connected with the people around him was an example to me.

From going through his personal notes and seeing his life, Tim was one motivated individual — he had goals, to-do lists for everything, and a zest for Life. He was a doer and not a hearer only. He helped me any and every time I asked him, and most of you can say the same thing. Timothy made time for people. He volunteered to plant trees, took his co-workers on hikes to explore Humboldt. Tim loved to bike and backpack, fly drones, work with wood turning and build things.

Timothy is survived by his mother and father, Linda Butler and Will Butler’ his brothers, Josiah Butler, Ethan Butler, Nathanael Butler, Daniel Butler, Elijah Butler; and his only sister, Bethany Butler McCluskey

Services will be held at the Nazarene Church at 1355 Ross Hill Rd, Fortuna, at 2 p.m.

Timothy, I will miss you now and I will see you soon. I love you so much. You will always be in my heart and mind.


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