He married Christiane Eva Elsa Shuitt in 1969 in Salt Lake City, Utah and divorced two years after the birth of their daughter, Renee Cherie (Lenois) Butler on May 22, 1972. Bruce married his second wife, Sandra Kay Powers on June 4, 1977 in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized on April 6, 1998 in the St. George Utah LDS Temple, as they were sealed for time and all eternity.
His parents and his sister Judith Agnes Butler preceded Bruce in death. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and neighbor whom many will miss. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two grandchildren (Taylor Erin Lenois and Alexis Evelyn Renee Butler), one brother (Kenneth Arthur Lenois, Jr.), three sisters (Sharon Evelyn Boyce, Kathy Lynn Malin, and Lori Lou Tabbal, and countless nieces and nephews.
Bruce served his country honorably with the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1972. He will be remembered and respected for his honesty and generous, oftentimes witty, counsel. He spent his misspent teenage years first in Rockville, Utah and then in Orem, Utah. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at Weber State University and then became a journeyman machinist working for Dynapac, Gallagher and as an engineer at Hercules. He later worked in management for Powder River prior to leaving the work environment due to health concerns.
Bruce and his wife then moved from the city life to their property in Toquerville, Utah where Bruce was able to enjoy his favorite hobbies, which included anything outdoors from fishing, hunting, riding horses and four-wheelers into the mountains or out on the desert.
A special thanks to Reese and Carol Straw, Dr. Gregory Last, and Applegate HomeCare & Hospice, specifically his nurse Bob Murry, his physical therapist Ray Brazier and his CNA Moira Breck, along with the recent addition to Bruce’s personal friends and caregivers Jackie MacLellan and Clint Iverson.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm at the Toquerville LDS Chapel,63 North Toquerville Blvd. Toquerville, Utah. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Hurricane Valley Mortuary, (435) 635-9922.