David Jackson Butt, November 21, 1946~March 28, 2016
David Jackson Butt died in Fayetteville on March 28, 2016 at age 69. David was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas on November 21, 1946, the son of Dr. Jack and Frances Butt.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, John Edward Butt.
David grew up in Fayetteville, attending Fayetteville Public Schools and graduating from Fayetteville High School. His college career was interrupted by the Vietnam War. David volunteered for the U.S. Marines, served as a Marine Sniper in Vietnam and was honorably discharged after his combat tour of duty. David returned to Fayetteville and completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas. David was an avid, lifelong learner, reader and teacher. He taught English in the Springdale Schools for many years, followed by a lengthy tenure as the Science Department, grades 1-12, for the St. Paul School District. His final vocation before retirement was as a maintenance director for the Fayetteville Housing Authority. He was a crack shot with rifle and pistol, an ardent and outspoken advocate for the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and loved golf, known to many in Northwest Arkansas for his cheerful willingness to join anyone on the first tee who would accept his onesome for the upcoming round.
He is survived by many cousins throughout the United States and his most supportive companion, Marlene Joseph.
Memorials may be made to the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, P.O. Box 571, Fayetteville, AR 72701.
A memorial service will be held at Beard’s Funeral Chapel, 855 South Happy Hollow Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas at 10 A.M. Friday, April 1, 2016.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
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