Stewart Melvin Buttars, 93, passed away peacefully at his home on September 4, 2022, in Logan, Utah, after a long and full life. He was born December 3, 1928, in Logan, Utah, to Benjamin Charles Buttars and Laura Susannah Griffiths. He served in the Northern States mission where he met Lera Jenkins, his future wife of 64 years, who was also serving a mission there. Following their missions, they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple on March 28, 1952.
Stewart was a Franklin County Commissioner, member of the West Side School District Board, manager of the Western Grain Co-op, and a long-time farmer in the Weston/Linrose area where he raised his family. He served as a counselor in the bishopric in the Linrose Ward and always had a strong testimony of the gospel and its teachings. He raised his family to share that strong faith and live by those principles. He and his wife, Lera, served several missions in their later years, including St. George, Utah in the Member Locator Office and a Service Mission during the summers at Promontory Point.
Stewart loved life and knew how to not only work hard, but how to play hard with his family and friends. They would often take camping trips where there would be a caravan of 8 or so campers going down the road. He loved waterskiing and showing off on one ski as he sprayed the dock. He loved to golf, hunt and fish. He also loved spontaneous picnics and was the best willow whistle maker around.
Stewart was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lera Jenkins; and by his firstborn daughter, Lana (Steve) Archibald. He is survived by five of his six children: Valerie Donohoe, Jan (Tom) Hatch, Beverly (Kim) Yates, Nancy (Bryce) Hawkins, and Rhet (Sandy) Buttars; by two sisters, Elma Walker and LaReen Carley; by a brother, Clint Buttars; a brother-in-law R. Kirk Bitter as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
It is hard to imagine life without him- and though our hearts are heavy, we find comfort in knowing that he is with many loved ones that we will one day be reunited. We are so grateful for the cherished memories and life lessons we have because of his exemplary life. The siblings wish to publicly thank their sisters, Valerie Donohoe and Nancy Hawkins, who lovingly cared for our dad during the last few years of his life. Their tender care was truly appreciated.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022, at 10 a.m. in the Preston 10th Ward Chapel, 155 N. 2nd W., Preston, Idaho. Viewings will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South 800 East, Preston, Idaho and Monday, September 19, 2022 from 9-9:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Clarkston Utah Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at webbmortuary.com.
Services will be available to stream live at the following link: https://youtu.be/tMWOARJEgkA