Sherman "Butch" Leroy Draper

April 1, 1968January 25, 2021

Sherman "Butch" Leroy Draper, age 52, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021. Sherman was born on Monday, April 1, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois.

Butch is survived by his loving mother, Beverly Draper (Nee Donnan), his sisters, Maureen Draper and Sally Smith (Nee Lynn). Sherman had four step-daughters that he loved very much. They are Jessica Mares (Nee Ballard), Bridgette Ballard, Sydney Ballard and Candice Ballard. Grandchildren, Ayden Mares, Tyler Mares, Alexus Dabich and Madison Sanborne. Loving uncle to John Smith and Laura Sanford (Nee Smith), Great Uncle to Thomas Sanford, Isabella Sanford, Tristan Smith. Butch left behind Uncles, Aunts, cousins and many friends.

He loved Chicago and was a loyal fan of the Cubs and Blackhawks. Butch enjoyed outdoor activities, music, movies, fishing and walking. He loved spending time with family and friends, especially his mother who was his best friend. His life touched so many and his absence will be deeply felt.

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Sherman "Butch" Leroy Draper

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Anna De Alejandro

February 17, 2021

Butch you were always smiling and laughing. I remember when we went camping in the mountains he went with us. He went fishing with Arnold and the the boys. He was so proud when they came back with a line of fish. They went night fishing and he wasn’t so thrilled, lol. The boys kept telling him of the snakes and bears that come out at night. They kept scaring him by yelling that they hear a bear every time there was a rustling in the leaves. It’s funny because my boys were 6&8 and he was about 21. They had so much fun throwing sticks at him saying it was a bug and making him jump. I’m glad my kids got to know Butch. Thanks for the memories!

Sally Smith

February 4, 2021

My brother was a beautiful soul. I’ll miss him so much