WEST POTSDAM -- Donald H. Butters, 10/27/33 - 10/17/21. Someone once said, "...if a man is loved and respected, no more need be said."
Friends and acquaintances have offered many anecdotes of love and respect for Donald H. Butters, who passed on October 17 after a brief illness. Don was ten days short of his 88th birthday.
Don graduated from Harvard Class of 55. During college years he proudly joined the Marine Corps and was active duty until 1957, released from reserve duty in 1963.
He played baseball through college and long into his adult life. There were few sports, including fishing, that he didn't do and love. In fact, he played tennis just a few days before he died.
Another love for him was bridge, he became a 'life master' and continued to play and enjoy the challenge and companionship.
Don so loved people and was blessed with many long friendships. A dear friend Don knew since they were eleven wrote, "Don was the greatest friend a man could ever have."
Don had a rewarding and awarded career as an advertising manager for IBM. He retired from IBM about 1988 and had a small marketing consultancy for a few more years that he ran remotely from West Potsdam, where he and his wife, Becky Harblin settled in 1990.
Don was the heavy lifter for the Herb Farm Becky started and it was there he started to build a series of stone walls.
He also happily volunteered for a number of organizations: Orchestra of Northern New York, Norwood Recycling, St. Lawrence County branch of the Marine Core League, Potsdam Food Coop Bakery, and for a few years the West Potsdam Fire Department
His stone walls around their home are numerous, built by hand, with a car hood used as a 'stone boat.'
Don didn’t want a memorial service. But, he has been saying that he wanted to finish one more section of wall before he died. So, June 2022, around the Solstice, all who knew him are invited to a gathering to finish-the-wall. Then his ashes will go there as he requested.
In lieu of flowers, bring rocks for the wall building.
Don is survived by his wife, Becky; and three children from his first marriage, Leslie Wallace of Oregon and her three children, Dana Butters of Rhode Island, and Andrew Butters of Connecticut.