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West, Donald "Butch" R.

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October 17, 1949 - July 19, 2020

West, Donald "Butch" R.

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.

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Karol and Tim Brown

September 30, 2020 4:56PM

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.


September 05, 2020 7:40PM

Always and forever my hero

Steve Bolden

August 20, 2020 12:57PM

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

Steven Mark Bolden

August 19, 2020 5:46AM

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

Steven Mark Bolden

August 18, 2020 1:20PM

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


August 17, 2020 8:38AM

You will be missed by so many. Rest In Peace


August 12, 2020 10:38PM

RIP Donald. A life well lived!

Tim Burgess

August 12, 2020 9:13PM

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.

Bobby and Marsha Johns

August 12, 2020 5:44PM

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

Joseph Claiborne

August 12, 2020 11:36AM

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!!

Steve Bones

August 11, 2020 5:32PM

RIP Butch !

Ray Compton

August 11, 2020 4:00PM

May he rest in peace

Barbara West Timlinson

August 10, 2020 7:34PM

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.

Kurt & Roxanne Blissett

August 10, 2020 6:43PM

Our deepest sympathy.

Brent Railsback

August 10, 2020 5:56PM

Always remembered and never forgotten. RIP Butch West.