James Andrew Butterfield

October 15, 1979 ~ October 2, 2021

James Andrew Butterfield was born on October 15, 1979 in Monticello, UT to David and Emma Butterfield. James was the youngest of David and Emma’s four children.

James spent his childhood growing up with many lifelong friends and working in David and Emma’s restaurant, La Casita. It was there that James learned a strong work ethic and knack for customer service. In 1997 the family relocated to Moab.

On June 15, 2002, James married Emily Swasey. During their 14-year marriage, they had four beautiful children, Lexi, Andrew, Ali, and Macie.

The kids were the absolute light of James’ life; he was so proud of them and their many accomplishments.

After a short time in Colorado, James and Emily returned to Moab where James spent many years working at the Moab Diner where he made many friends, both co-workers and customers.

Never one to shy away from getting the job done, James served as the general manager for several years. He worked hard to build a life and provide for his family. 

Most recently, James has been a part of the team at The Portal, where he enjoyed a variety of outdoor and hands-on work. James, however, most enjoyed the opportunity to work with his son, Andrew. 

James was truly a great man. He was kind, funny, and free spirited. James loved the outdoors, going to the mountains, fishing, trapping, hunting, riding four-wheelers and shooting his bow.

James also enjoyed working out, lifting weights, and boxing, which he taught to each one of his kids at young ages.

James was a friend and always there if you needed him. He loved his kids and family immensely. 

James is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Ervin and Maria Butterfield, and maternal grandparents, Juan Andres Valdez and Emma Valdez.

He is survived by his children, Lexi, Andrew, Ali, and Macie; his parents, David and Emma Butterfield; his siblings, David Butterfield, Matthew Butterfield (Shellie), and Melissa Owens; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, family, and friends. 

We will all miss him dearly.

Family and friends are invited to a graveside service Friday, October 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Monticello City Cemetery, 632 East 300 South, Monticello, UT 84535.

A lunch will immediately follow at Monticello Lions Club, 849 East Highway 491, Monticello.

You may send condolences to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com

San Juan Record

49 South Main St
PO Box 879
Monticello, UT 84535

Phone: 435.587.2277
Fax: 435.587.3377
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

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