Terry Lee Butler

August 4, 1955September 8, 2020

On September 8, 2020 Terry Lee Butler, who recently celebrated his 65th birthday, passed away peacefully and on his own terms at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, surrounded by the love of his family.

Born and raised in Lawton, Oklahoma, Terry was one of seven children. He loved his family fiercely and was a provider and protector at an early age. He developed a love of football, playing in high school and semi-pro with the Marine Corp vs NFL teams, back in the day. After his move to Canada, he tried out for the BC Lions at the age of 35 and they took a serious look at him but a knee injury ended his dream of playing professionally. He continued his love of the sport, coaching youngsters and instilling in them the same passion he had for the game. Terry enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served four years’ active duty, including two tours in Vietnam, earning a number of medals and commendations. He served an additional two years in the reserves and was honourably discharged in 1979. Terry is survived by his daughter Desiree Salenga, adopted daughter Yvonne Walton, his loving companion Marjorie MacNeill and her family, his mother Ethel Graham, siblings David Butler, Leonard Butler, Mary Young, and Wanda Jernigan, 7 nieces and nephews and two grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


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Taylor Novak

September 17, 2020

Terry was an incredible coach, mentor, leader and an impressionable man. He instilled values into those he coached and made a mark on their developments into men. I was one of them. He taught me patience, dedication, the power of community and of course hard work. After I got into a fight at school one day I showed up at football practice with scratches on my face. Coach T pulled me aside and gave me some advice. He said stand tall and next time you see that guy punch him square between the eyes. He made many of us laugh, and now many of us cry. But let us have tears of joy knowing he made all of our lives better having him in our lives. I know he is looking down on my accomplishments now saying "THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!". I can still hear him saying that whenever someone would lay a big hit in football. I loved him, we all did. He's watching over us today.

Carl Novak

September 17, 2020

Sad to see you go Terry; you were a very good man and an inspiration to many of the players you coached. It was a pleasure to know you, coach with you , and call you a friend. Condolences to your family. Go deep and go long Terry: “That’s what I’m talkin bout!!”


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