Jimmy Ray Butler Jr., 46, unexpectedly and tragically passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2019.
He was born Aug. 1, 1973.
Jimmy had a thrill for the ride that never left him. This thrill started at a young age and lasted up until his passing with the adrenaline of motorcycle racing, street bike riding, or running code 3 in a fire engine. Jimmy also loved the peacefulness of riding whether it was slow on a horse or pushing himself on a motorcycle. Even though he was in search of the adrenaline rush, he also enjoyed the serenity and peace that his horses, family and friends brought to him.
Jimmy started his fire-fighting career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1998 and worked as a firefighter, fire engine operator, water tender operator, engine captain, and was currently a Captain of the Big Bear Hot Shots. Jimmy was very proud to work for the Forest Service and his love for fire started at a young age with learning to drive a water tender. Jimmy loved his firefighting brothers and sisters and they were family to him. He enjoyed teaching and sharing his vast knowledge and love of Wildland firefighting with the up and coming new employees.
When he wasn’t working, he devoted his time to his family. Jimmy enjoyed working on vehicles, riding horses, wearing his boots, and cowboy hat while listening to country music. He lived his life with kindness and laughter always doing for others before himself.
Jimmy is survived by his wife Tara Butler, three children Austin, Madison, and Eddie, parents Jim and Patricia Butler and sisters Charmaine and Cindy, along with many other relatives.
Jimmy is honored for his love of family and love that he gave to all. His heart lives in all who knew him. He is forever in our hearts and his spirit fills us with his strength until we see him again.
A Memorial Celebration of Life to honor Jimmy is scheduled, Saturday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Yucaipa Regional Park, 33900 Oak Glen Rd., Yucaipa.