Jimmy Ray Butler Jr.
August 1, 1973 – November 3, 2019
August 1st, 1973 – November 3rd, 2019
Jimmy Ray Butler, Jr., Wildland Firefighter, beloved husband, devoted father, loving son, brother and a great friend to many others, unexpectedly and tragically passed away on November 3rd, 2019. Jimmy is survived by his wife Tara Butler, three children; Austin, Madison, and Eddie, parents; Jim and Patricia Butler and sisters; Charmaine and Cindy, along with many other relatives.
Jimmy had a thrill for the ride that never left him. This thrill started at a young age and lasted up until his passing with the adrenaline of motorcycle racing, street bike riding, or running code 3 in a fire engine. Jimmy also loved the peacefulness of riding whether it was slow on a horse or pushing himself on a motorcycle. Even though he was in search of the adrenaline rush, he also enjoyed the serenity and peace that his horses, family and friends brought to him.
Jimmy started his fire fighting career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1998 and worked as a firefighter, fire engine operator, water tender operator, engine captain, and was currently a Captain of the Big Bear Hot Shots. Jimmy was very proud to work for the Forest Service and his love for fire started at a young age with learning to drive a water tender. Jimmy loved his firefighting brothers and sisters and they were family to him. He enjoyed teaching and sharing his vast knowledge and love of Wildland firefighting with the up and coming new employees.
When he wasn’t working, he devoted his time to his family. Jimmy enjoyed working on vehicles, riding horses, wearing his boots, and cowboy hat while listening to country music. He lived his life with kindness and laughter always doing for others before himself.
We honor Jimmy for his love of family and love that he gave to all. His heart lives in us and all who knew him. He is forever in our hearts and his spirit fills us with his strength until we see him again.
A Memorial Celebration of Life to honor Jimmy is scheduled, Saturday, November 16th, 2019 at 11:OO am at the Yucaipa Regional Park, 33900 Oak Glen Rd., Yucaipa, Ca 92399.
Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.