Jean Lancaster Butler, 67, returned home to her Heavenly Father with her husband by her side, in Mesa on the evening of Dec. 27, 2017.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, at Owens Livingston Mortuary, located at 320 N. 9th St., in Show Low. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, with a viewing one hour prior, at the Show Low Downtown Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 300 N. 11th St., in Show Low. The concluding services and interment will be at the Show Low Cemetery.
Jean was born in Snowflake on Sunday, March 19, 1950, to Ralph and Venola Lancaster. She was the youngest in her family, with her brother being the oldest, and her being five minutes younger than her twin sister Joan. Jean was raised and attended all her schooling in Snowflake, where she loved growing up. While attending high school, she met and fell in love with Dave Butler. They were both nominated as the “best personality” their senior year. After graduation, Jean attended the LDS Business College in Salt Lake. Her education abruptly ended in November of her first year because her and Dave decided to get married in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
Jean worked at Motorola while Dave pursued his teaching degree. Their marriage was blessed with five children. They lived in Show Low most of their married life until Jean’s health declined and they had to move to Mesa. She was an active and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she held many callings with her favorite being the primary pianist. She has always loved playing the piano as her home was always filled with music. She enjoyed being a mother and a homemaker. She has many friends and loved her home in Show Low, and missed it when she had to leave.
Jean is survived by her husband, David; five children, Jared (Rachelle), Willie (Nicole), Ben (Keilah), Kirstyn (Blake) and Lyndsie (Jeffrey); and 13 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Venola; her twin sister Joan; and her grandson Austin.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low handled the arrangements.