In Memory

Jeffrey Butler - Class Of 1961

Jeffrey Edward Butler, Sr., age 71, of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on February 2, 2013 due to cancer. Jeff was born on December 6, 1941 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Yes, on the day before the Pearl Harbor attack! While in Japan, Jeff and family lived on Kamiseya. The family had also spent 3 years in London, 2 years on Adak, 2 years in Winter Harbor, Maine and always back the DC area for 3 years between posts.

Jeffrey was involved with numerous companies that spanned decades. He started with IBL in 1962, and ended with Cloud9 Learning LLC. His greatest accomplishment was with American Education Corporation where he was Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. He sold AEC in 2010, and went on to start Cloud 9. He was a leader in educational software development.

He is survived by second wife Janis of AZ, two sons, Jeffrey E. Butler Jr. of OK, James A. Butler of CO, four grandchildren, Kyle, Kassidy, Sean, and Avalon, two sisters, Linda (Butler) Reese of FL (Class of '63), Carol Kline of PA, two brothers, Michael P. of VA, and Thomas C. Butler (Class of '65) of FL. He will be greatly missed, and we will never forget that great smile of his along with his outgoing personality.

And from his sister, Linda: One of my favorite and a special stories about Jeff. After graduating from Zama, Jeff went Stateside and from there he sent to me what has to be my best gift ever -- for my birthday he mailed to me the 33 rpm album of Joey Dee & the Starliters, Doin' the Twist at the Peppermint Lounge (1961). I couldn't get that album over to Sagamihara Teen Club fast enough! We danced and twisted the summer away -- wonderful memories. Thank you Jeff and you will be missed by all. 

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05/04/14 10:00 AM #1    

Barbara Lloyd (Menlen) (1961)

I was at Zama only 6 months before I grsduated, but Jeff is one of the people I remember fondly.  Also, I stayed in Japan for my first year of college and learned to twist at the teen club when I was home from Tokyo on weekends.  Thank you to you and Jeff for the memory!

05/04/14 07:03 PM #2    

Margelia "Marge" St. Pierre (Hadbavny) (1961)

Jeffrey was a true gentleman, We were voted by the ZAHS Seniors as the "Most Friendly" in our Senior Yearbook.  "Zama's "friendly people are Marge St. Pierre and Jeff Butler.  Marge's happy smile and Jeff''s carefree nature make them welcome in any crowd."

 We had a great time at Zama and I will cherish him.  My Sympathy to his beautiful family.  Sending loving prayers to Jeff.  

  Marge St.Pierre Hadbavny

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