GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The City of Grand Junction is mourning the loss of councilman Harry Butler. City Council canceled its meetings today after learning of Butler’s passing Sunday night. Bulter, 69, died from natural causes while working in the yard of a rental property he owned.
Butler served on City Council from 2001-2005 and was re-elected this April. Grand Junction Mayor Sam Susuras said he will miss Butler’s calm demeanor and his happy attitude. Susuras said Butler never spent money campaigning for positions.
“He said ‘if it’s God’s will for me to win, then I’ll win,’ and sure enough, he won,” Susuras said.
Those who knew Butler said he was a man who loved Grand Junction, the Lord and helping others. Josephine Dickey knew Butler since he was a baby and worked closely with him at Handy Chapel, where Butler was a pastor.
“He did so many things from the heart for everybody,” Dickey said, remembering Butler visiting patients in the hospital. “You can think about him and you think about good.”
Along with his passion for the community and Christ, Butler also had compassion for children. He served on District 51 Board of Education for eight years.
“We’ve all lost a very cherished asset,” said Board of Education President Greg Mikolai. “I always felt if I was doing something close to what he was doing, I must be doing something right.”
Mikolai said Butler was an advocate for minority students and student athletes. Grand Junction City Council will hold a proclamation honoring Butler’s service at the beginning of Wednesday night’s council meeting. District 51 has canceled its June 4th school board work session out of respect for Butler and his family.