Jesse David Butler

February 13, 1989 ~ July 14, 2019 (age 30)

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Jesse Butler, 30, of Baker City, listened to Nate Dogg for the last time on July 14, 2019, with one of his all-time favorite people, Travis Culbertson. Jesse found great pleasure in the little things, like a really good song, well-prepared food, a thought-provoking book, and moments with friends. Music and nature moved him. He enjoyed looking for morels, picking huckleberries, gathering wildflowers, and loved to sleep in the flowers for a couple of hours. 

Jesse was born on February 13, 1989, in Baker City to Kevin and Corinna Butler. He grew up with his older sisters, Nicole and RaeAnn, and graduated from Baker High School in 2007. Throughout that time he forged many friendships, as well as some other smooth street skills. 

After high school, he sampled a variety of career pathways, a true Jesse of all trades. From ministry to DJ mastery, he worked well with others. Once known as DJ-Minister Jesse, he could run every facet of a wedding, and then mix drinks for the after-party. He was a generous soul, a loving spirit, and a better friend than there ever was. Jesse loved to explore new places and made friends everywhere he went. No matter where he traveled, he would interact with just about everyone, whether they liked it or not.

Jesse loved music. He started drumming at the age of 15, and never gave it up. He enjoyed jam sessions with his closest friends and bandmates. Jesse’s taste of music was not singlized. He loved it all. He didn’t just enjoy sharing his music, he enjoyed sharing philosophies. He was an amazing story-teller, which we believe are mostly true stories.

Jesse is survived by his parents, Kevin and Corinna Butler; His sisters, Nicole Sullivan, RaeAnn Butler, and Mindy Watson; His nephews, Declan and Jack Sullivan, and nieces, Ryan Sullivan and Madison Crews; He is also survived by hundreds of beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends.

Because of Jesse’s dedicated love for music, his family and friends have asked that in lieu of flowers to donate money to the Jesse Butler Memorial Music Fund for Kids at Old West Credit Union in Baker City, Oregon. This fund will help young people purchase lessons or equipment to strengthen their skills in music through Marilyn’s Music, and Jesse’s close friend, Damon Rose. Jesse was all about keeping it local!

Besse Jutler sayings to remember him by:

“Here for a good time, not a long time.”

“Pura Vida”

“Smiles for miles”

A memorial service will be held for Jesse on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 1:00 PM at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel and a celebration of life will be held directly following the memorial service at Wade Williams Park in Baker City, Oregon. 

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Memorial Service
July 20, 2019

1:00 PM
Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel
1500 Dewey Avenue
Baker City, OR 97814

Celebration of Life
July 20, 2019

2:00 PM
Wade Williams Park
Kathryn Ln.
Baker City, OR 97814

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