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Patrick Hampton Butler

July 24, 1933 July 6, 2018
Patrick Hampton Butler
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Obituary for Patrick Hampton Butler

Patrick Hampton Butler (“Pat”), 84, died Friday, July 6, 2018, after suffering a heart attack. Born into a hard-working farm family in Gonzales, Texas on July 24, 1933, he was the first child of Willie Butler and the former Easter Hampton.

Pat, who started picking cotton at the age of 8, once said if “picking cotton is not the best form of torture surely it is second to very few.” He explained that he hated picking cotton and was not good at it, but his family was poor, so there were times that he eagerly looked for the opportunity to pick cotton because his family needed the money. Around fifth grade, Pat observed that teachers, perhaps the only educated people he knew, did not pick cotton. Accordingly, Pat decided to get an education and became a diligent student.

Pat’s early education took place in a segregated one-room schoolhouse, except for a year at a Catholic school in Corpus Christi, Texas. Starting in eighth grade, he attended segregated Edwards High School in Gonzales. In high school, Pat participated in debate and drama, placing first in two state public speaking contests. He left Texas for the first time to attend a national public speaking contest in Missouri.

In 1952, Colorado College awarded Pat a partial scholarship. Upon his arrival at college, the Dean told him that the school admitted him under the mistaken impression that he was white. Pat’s fellow students, whether from the North or the South, were friendly and elected him vice president of the Class of 1956. Pat supported himself in college by working as a dishwasher, busboy or waiter.

After college graduation, Pat entered the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, stationed first at Ft. Bliss, Texas, and then at Ft. Meade, Maryland. It was the Cold War. Pat monitored early-warning detection systems for a Soviet attack that, thankfully, never came.

Pat left the Army to attend the University of Colorado Law School, from which he graduated in 1961. He moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked first for the Federal Trade Commission, and then the Department of Justice. He met Barbara Reason, who became his wife in 1963. In 1966, the couple and their young daughter Daphne moved to Indianapolis where Pat joined the faculty of Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. After two years of teaching law, Pat accepted a position in Eli Lilly and Company’s law department. That same year, the family welcomed a second daughter, Ann Marie. Pat remained with Eli Lilly for twenty-five years, retiring in 1993. In 1998, Pat returned to Colorado, living in Denver until his death.

Pat leaves his mother, Easter; sisters Faye Ieans, Carolyn Wynn, Lee McNeil, Lois Hardy (Dana), and Connie Washington; brother Curtis; daughters Daphne (Daniel Storch) and Ann Marie; grandchildren Jacob Storch, Maria Storch, and Maryn Yunker; brother-in-law Paul Reason (Dianne), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by his wife, father, and sisters Olga and Willie Ann.

Pat was very concerned about the financial difficulties facing students from low-income families as they try to pay for college. Pat was also concerned about the plight of immigrant children separated from their parents at the border. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to make a donation in his name to the financial aid fund of the college of your choice or to an organization that helps immigrant children, such as the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project or the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).

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11:00 AM 7/16/2018 11:00:00 AM
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Denver, CO 80247

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