Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In memorium

IFBF Range Specialist Wally Butler passes away

Boise—Wally Butler, 68, died October 21 near Fairfield, Idaho. The long-time range expert was doing what he loved, inspecting allotments near Fairfield when he died of an apparent heart attack.

Butler served as the Idaho Farm Bureau range and livestock specialist for 15 years before retiring last year. He had continued range consultation and took part in the Salmon-Challis Range Tour earlier this month.

Butler graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor of science, animal science and a masters degree in range management.

During Butler’s long career he ranched for more than 15 years in the Kendrick area before working his way back into the range consultant business, sold insurance and landed his dream job with the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation. 

At the IFBF Butler also served as a salaried lobbyist and worked closely with Farm Bureau members who as a perk of membership, got his political, dog, horse and range expertise year round. 

Butler had maintained his office at Farm Bureau’s Boise headquarters, he leaves behind his wife of many years Bonnie, too many friends and horses to count, and many prized Australian shepherd dogs.

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