West, Donald "Butch" R.

October 17, 1949 - July 19, 2020

Donald (Butch) Ray West, age 70, died after a long fight with cancer on July 19, 2020.

Butch is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Fairleigh, his children, Chelle Rae Wheeler, Charlotte Railsback and husband Brent, and Corey West. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Trevor Ray West, Elizabeth Gutierrez, Dylan Wheeler, and Emma Raye Railsback; great grandchildren, Dakodah West and Warenlee Gutierrez, as well as his sister, Mary Ann Pryor and husband CJ; and his brother Harry M. West and wife Susie.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Ellen West, and his brothers, Rickey Lee West, and Jimmy Gene West.

Butch was born on October 17, 1949, to Mary Ellen West in Centerville, TX. He was a proud Marine that served as a dog handler in the Vietnam War. After returning from the war, he worked as an electrician until he and his brother Rickey opened West Boats Inc. of Mesquite, Texas.

Butch was a true family man and a loving father. He was known by family and friends to be a quick-witted tough guy with a good heart. He loved hunting, working on his farm, and his many bulldogs through the years.

A burial is scheduled for 11am on August 18, 2020 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery – 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211 where he will be honored by the Military.

17 replies on “West, Donald "Butch" R.”

Brent Railsback says:

Always remembered and never forgotten. RIP Butch West.

Kurt & Roxanne Blissett says:

Our deepest sympathy.

Barbara West Timlinson says:

As a sister in law to Butch, I have known him since he was in grade school and he will be missed very much. Butch was a very caring person with a kind heart and he will always have a soft spot in my heart.

Ray Compton says:

May he rest in peace

Steve Bones says:

RIP Butch !

Joseph Claiborne says:

I am really sorry for your loss. Butch was really respectful to me from the day I met him in 1996 at West Boats. I bugged him a lot when I met him because I purchased a super old 1950 evinrude boat motor (Not from him…LOL) and no matter how many questions I asked, he answered them. I finally purchased my boat from him in 2004. He taught me A LOT about boats, as well as how to manage my own small business. His voice and laugh will forever be etched in my memories. May he Rest In Paradise!!

Bobby and Marsha Johns says:

Loved, loved your dad. We have so many fun memories from our young adult times. So sorry for your loss.

Tim Burgess says:

To know Butch was to know a true heck of a man. He loved those girls of his and he loved his brothers and sister like you would not believe. From a
Longtime friend I know the world lost one of its few hero’s.


RIP Donald. A life well lived!

Braden says:

You will be missed by so many. Rest In Peace

Steven Mark Bolden says:

Rest easy Brother , I will catch up to you on the other side , Semper Fi

Steven Mark Bolden says:

Rest Easy Brother , will catch up to you on the other side , Semper Fi.

Steve Bolden says:

Rest easy Brother , will catch up to you on the other side, Semper FI

Liz says:

Always and forever my hero

Karol and Tim Brown says:

RIP Butch. A wonderful neighbor. Also willing to offer a helping hand to us. A very hard working and kind man. I will miss looking across the street and seeing him wave at me from his tractor.

Charlotte says:

Everyday I think I wish I could hug him!

Charlotte says:

Happy birthday Dad. I fought back my tears all day trying to appear okay. Part of me died with you. Miss you!

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