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Metro Council remembers the public service of Denver Butler

Wednesday December 30, 2009

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
              Stephen Haag 574-1204/645-1752


The Louisville Metro Council extends it sympathy to the family of Denver Butler who passed away on Tuesday, December 29th at his home.

Butler served as a member of the Board of Aldermen in the Old City of Louisville representing the Seventh Ward from 1982 to 1988. He also served nine terms as a state Representative from the 38th Legislative District between 1989 and 2006.

Several Council members have shared their thoughts on his service.

"Our Hearts and prayers go out to our colleague Councilwoman Marianne Butler and the rest of the Butler family. Denver's public service to Louisville and Kentucky are an example of how one person can affect the lives of others. His life shall continue to be an example for us all of what can be accomplished when one is working for the common good of his community."

David Tandy, Metro Council President District 4

"Denver Butler did politics with a very human touch. His good service for the people reminds us why a strong democracy doesn't need a political caste."

Tom Owen District 8 Councilman

“Denver encouragement helped me enter into politics. He even assisted in my first run for office. He was a good friend and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to know and work with him.”

Dan Johnson District 21 Councilman

“I have known Denver Butler most of my life. Our families shared the same values of community service and saving Kentucky’s horse industry. This South End political icon will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to the Butler family.”
Vicki Aubrey Welch District 13 Councilwoman

“He was a man who knew no stranger. Every time he greeted anyone, it was with a huge smile and such a friendly hello that you immediately felt comfortable talking with him about anything. It is easy to see why his District wanted him to represent them.”

Madonna Flood District 24 Councilwoman

“When you look back at Denver’s life, he had an amazing ability to overcome any challenge or hardship. He managed to raise a wonderful family and still be an example to his community. We will miss him.”

Bob Henderson District 14 Councilman

“Many times in the last few years, Denver Butler still came down to check on things at City Hall after Marianne became a Councilwoman. He was always a joy to talk to and I enjoyed his take on issues. It is easy to see why he was so loved by the community.

Kelly Downard District 16 Councilman

“The People of Metro Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have lost a true public servant. Denver’s family values and his approach to government will be missed by all.”

Barbara Shanklin District 2 Councilwoman