Thomas D. Butler
Thomas D. Butler
  • August 20, 1928 - May 12, 2017
  • Denver, Colorado

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Thomas Dewitt Butler was born on August 20, 1928, in Graham, Texas, and passed away peacefully 0n May 12, 2017 in his home in Denver, Colorado. Tom had one brother, Joseph who preceded him in death by only one week. During his early childhood, his family ran the Butler Creamery. The motto of the Creamery was "You can drink our milk but you can't beat our cream!". Tom attended Texas A&M, leaving after one year to move to Wilsonville, Oregon to manage a nut farm for his step-father. Three years later, Tom and his new wife moved to Denver. Tom became a Denver Police Officer, retiring as a Denver Police Detective.

Tom had an extraordinary life. Not only was he a highly-respected Police Officer, winning several awards for his superb marksmanship abilities on the Police Pistol Team. He was a self-taught gunsmith, building a business out of his home for over 50 years. He was sought out for his gunsmith expertise, even appearing on "Court TV" for his ballistics knowledge in a high-profile case. Tom was a master carpenter and he did love making many pieces of high-quality furniture. In between his gunsmithing, pistol shooting and creating beautiful oak furniture, he was an avid traveler, visiting every state in the U.S. and exploring numerous other countries. He loved the beauty of the world God created. And, boy, did he love God. He was in attendance at church on a regular basis every week for over 70 years. He once said, "the best Christians are the ones who never talk about it - meaning by your actions, you are known." Tom was kind, generous of heart, and a real leader. He looked for the good in people, and was a superb listener, as well as a great storyteller. People loved him and they were inspired by him. Words cannot express how profoundly his loss will affect so many people. He will be greatly missed, but we know he is "living it up in Heaven"!

Tom is survived by his wife, Camille, four children, Tom, Jr., Stephen, Susan & Victoria, step-son Marty, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Tom and Camille were married at Northglenn Christian Church on January 22, 2006. Since that day, Tom and Camille have enjoyed each other's company on many travels: by car, motor home and cruising.

Viewing will be Wednesday, May 17, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery. Funeral services are set for May 18, 10:00 AM at Northglenn Christian Church, 1800 E. 105th Pl., Northglenn, CO, with interment at Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery, 10201 Grant St., Thornton, CO. Welcome donations would be attendance at your church on Sunday.

Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery, Thornton, CO.