Clinton DeVerl Buttars

1/27/1941 ~ 7/25/2020

Clinton DeVerl Buttars, 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Moroni, Utah, surrounded by family on July 25, 2020, due to complications of pancreatic cancer.

Clint was born January 27, 1941, in Cache Valley, Utah to Clair and Melba Buttars. He grew up in Granger, Utah where he attended Granger High School. This is where he met his beautiful wife, Marsha.  He served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Toronto Canada Mission where our beloved prophet, Thomas S. Monson, was his mission president. He married the love of his life, Marsha, in the Logan Temple on August 30, 1963. They would have celebrated 57 years of marriage in August. Clint and Marsha spent 51 years in Moroni, Utah where they raised their family.

Clint spent his life in a profession he loved, teaching the gospel to high school students at Piute High School and North Sanpete High School. He finished off his career teaching institute at Snow College. His quick humor, love, and depth of the gospel shaped the lives of countless young people who were fortunate enough to be in his classes. He had the ability to bring the gospel to life and make it personal for all his students. One of the best things about Clint was that his teaching extended beyond the classroom, and his example influenced many people of all ages. Some of his last words were that he couldn’t wait to get to heaven to start teaching again.

An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all his life, Clint served in various callings, including Bishop, Stake Mission President, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and his favorite calling as Scoutmaster, which he did for many years. He also enjoyed serving as a temple worker in the Manti Temple. Clint and Marsha served two full-time missions for the Church: the first at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah, and the second in Granby, Colorado, where they touched many lives and remained close friends with many people from their mission.   

Clint was a devoted father, husband, and friend. He was also especially devoted to his Savior Jesus Christ as evidenced by the way he lived his life.  His several hobbies including painting, cheering for the Utah Jazz, remote control airplanes, traveling with his 5th wheel, and above all—fishing.  With all these hobbies, the thing that brought the most happiness to Clint was time spent with his wife and family. His focus and concern were always on them, and he was particularly mindful of his eternal companion, Marsha. He once wrote to her in a letter: “I love you more than fishing, airplanes, chocolate, fishing, more than anything.”  Clint was also an amazing storyteller.  Many of his stories included how proud he was of his grandchildren’s accomplishments. He was supportive of all their activities, and his greatest joy was watching his children and grandchildren utilize their talents in many ways.

Clint is preceded in death by his younger brother, Aaron.  He is survived by his wife, Marsha, and their five children: Chad (Karen) Buttars of Pleasant Grove, Utah; Cheri Magee of Provo, Utah; Bryant (Mindy) Buttars of Saratoga Springs, Utah; Russell (Shelly) Buttars of Woodland Hills, Utah;  and Ryan (Emily) Buttars of Eagle Mountain, Utah; 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by eight brothers and sisters and their families.

The family would like to express our gratitude to all those friends and family that provided meals and service for Clint and Marsha during this trying time. We would also like to thank Brian Spencer with the palliative care program for his constant care and concern for Clint’s medical care.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 1, at 10 am at the Moroni Cemetery. For those attending the funeral, please bring a chair and umbrella for shade as services will be held outside. A viewing will be also be held Friday, July 31, from 6-8 pm at Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 North 100 W in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

16 Responses to “Clinton DeVerl Buttars”

  1. Mike and Roxy Kogianes says:

    So sorry to hear about Clint. He was such a nice man and an influence for good to all those he came in contact with. My thoughts and prayers are with and your family at this time.

  2. Dave and Eddi Bailey says:

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of this good man. I had the wonderful opportunity to serve as one of his counselors for 6 years and will always remember and be grateful for the many wonderful gospel experiences we had as he faithfully presided over our ward. He was (is) a master teacher and we will all miss hearing those Bishop Buttars sermons. He was steadfast and unwavering in his faith and testimony of the Savior. I’ll be forever grateful for his example!! Please know of our love for him, for you Marsha and your wonderful family. Dave and Eddi Bailey

  3. Brooke Lish Upshaw says:

    I’ll love you forever and a day, Uncle Clint. God be with you, Until we meet again.

  4. Tracy scott says:

    I’m saddened to hear the passing of a man I admired during my high school years, a man that always brought joy and a strong sense of meaning with resured confidence both in and out of the classroom, He had the ability to simply lite up a room, while lifting you up with his presents, in that he not only brought the gospel to life, but lived life as an example for others to follow, of which years later would be reflected on within my own life, I’m not sure Mr. Butters truly realizes the resounding effects that he had on the lives of young people that he taught or was simply around him but he truly made a difference in this world.

  5. Joe and Lela Scholes says:

    We were so saddened to learn of Clint’s passing. He will be greatly missed. He was a good friend who taught me the joys of fishing. He was always so generous about taking others out in his boat. He was the ultimate fishing host and fishing teacher as well as gospel teacher. Our prayers will be with you, Marsha.

  6. Linda - Ross Atkinson says:

    Heaven has received back a great spirit. He used his time on earth well doing the things that were asked of him and many things where he saw a need and helped. He and Marsha raised a great family that loved and served their father to the end. They will continue to do the same for Marsha. Great memories. To many to mention. He loved the gospel and will continue to serve for eternity. Love and miss you. Can’t wait to see that great smile again.

  7. Gary Gilbert says:

    So Sorry to hear of Clint’s passing!!! What a fantastic man and Brother in the Gospel!! Some of my kids had him in Seminary at North Sanpete. Condolence’s to the entire family especially Bri and Mindy and family, our next door neighbors for many years!! We love you and Pray for you and the entire family!! Having said that, Good for Clint!!! Out of pain and now with beloved family and the Savior!! We will miss him but what a GREAT reunion is happening on the other side of the vail!!

  8. Sharon Vance Pennington says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Brother Buttars’ passing. He was my Seminary teacher at North Sanpete High School. It was a pleasure to attend his class and hear his great lessons. There was a special spirit in his class each day! My thoughts are with your family at this time.

  9. Curt and Maureen Lund says:

    So sad to hear of the passing of this great man. We had the opportunity of having him as our seminary teacher and what a great teacher he was. He was so full of the spirit,
    We then had the opportunity to have him as our Bishop in the 3 rd ward when we lived in Moroni. He was a special man of God. He help us through some troubles in our life. He was a man you loved no matter what. We love his family, and we pray for Marsha, she is so loved. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you all. We love you!

  10. Dennis and Shirley Slack says:

    It was a pleasure to work with Brother Buttars at the seminary in Mt. Pleasant. He truly was a great example, and we all knew he loved the scriptures and the church. It was a blessing to spend time with him a few days before his passing and relive the good memories we had. We extend our best wishes to his family and to Marsha. May the Lord bless you all!

    Dennis and Shirley.

  11. So sorry to hear of Clint’s passing. We always appreciated Clint in the classroom and on the lake. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    Courtney and Sheila Syme and family

  12. Roger and Marianne says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Bishop Butter’s passing. Our son Ben was just talking about the lesson he just taught his boy last week that Bishop Butters taught him way back when. He has always been fascinated with fire. He was told you can use anything as big or smaller than a match to start a fire. Also, Ben memorized the books in the B of M by the 10 little Indians song taught by Bishop Butters that he still remembers today. He shared how he loved fishing so much, but as much as he loved it, he told him he would never fish on Sunday. He was to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. We have truly been blessed by this SPIRITUAL GIANT. He has left a lasting impression on many people and touched so many. Heaven now has the privilege of this great teacher. May our Heavenly Father bless and comfort you and your family. Roger and Marianne Cook

  13. RANDY DOWLAND says:

    Dearest Buttars family,

    We know that your sweet husband, father, & grandfather has gone home. Our hearts ache for the void his absence will leave in your lives and pray you will find peace knowing that he had fought the good fight and finished his work bravely, & faithfully. We loved serving with him in the beautiful Manti temple. May the memories you have shared help your hearts be cheerful and thankful for his influence in your lives.

    Love Randy and Janet Dowland

  14. Joshua Mack Wilkey says:

    What an amazing Man and very influential mentor in my life. Since I was a wee lad, Bishop/Brother Buttars has been in my life and exemplifying Christ Like attributes. Bishop/Brother Buttars was one of the main pushers behind me earning my eagle scout award. Between Him and my Mother, I think they earned it just as much as me. I then had the opportunity to take seminary from him and it was obvious how much he loves Our Savior Jesus Christ. I always admired his passion for teaching (in all capacities, even fishing). Bishop/Brother Buttars has always been so kind to me and my family (both growing up and with my current family). It was a privilege to be in his ears for the majority of my life. I have enjoyed and appreciated his fishing stories, his magic finger trick, his homemade treats, his truck or treat candy, his kind compliments, his genuine love, his talent of making others feel valued, his obvious love for his family, his ability to recognize when someone needs a “pick up”, and all about him. I will really miss Bishop/Brother Buttars. Many thoughts and prayers to all of the family. What an amazing Man and legacy he leaves with us all!

  15. Susan says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you as he returns back home! He was a wonderful seminary teacher in high school and everyone knew he loved the Savior and our Father in Heaven. To your gentle giant we all honor.

  16. Gerardo and Lori Reyes says:

    We are deeply saddened at the passing of our dear friend and exemplar . Words can never express the amount of gratitude we have for Bishop Butters and the enormous impact he had on our lives. We owe so much to him and his dear wife Marsha. They along with their children hold a special place in our hearts. He loved to tease our children when they were younger and they loved seeing his “ removable thumb” trick. We will miss his stories and his genuine love and concern for us. I know he is doing great things In heaven and I feel comfort knowing we have One more ally on the other side .