Donald and Renee Butler Endowed Scholarship
In November 1990 the Donald and Renee Butler Endowed Scholarship Fund were established. The scholarship is available to any Utah Valley University student who graduated from a high school in the Santaquin, Utah, area and covers full tuition, books, and fees.
Donald J. (Don) Butler was born in Salt Lake City. He was raised in Santaquin and graduated from Payson High School, where he was active in sports, lettering in basketball, football, and baseball. He earned an Eagle Scout Award at age fifteen.
Don served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New England States and Eastern Canada Mission from 1965-67. Following his mission he attended Brigham Young University, majoring in history. A high school friend who was also attending BYU asked Don if she could line up a date for him. She arranged to bring Renee Jones, a second-year student studying interior design, to the Cougar Eat so Don could get a look at his possible blind date. Renee passed the inspection, and a few days later a date was set. The couple’s first date was pizza and a basketball game. When Don told Renee he was from Santaquin, she pretended to know where it was. Having lived in Provo her entire life, Renee knew most of the towns to the north, so she assumed Santaquin was south somewhere. Over the next few weeks, Don would take Renee to get hamburgers for lunch and then do his best to persuade her to skip her next class. Only once did he succeed, when he tempted her with a pint of Baskin Robbin’s ice cream. After six weeks of dating, he proposed. Renee quickly learned where Santaquin was, as they kept the freeway hot between there and Provo that summer.
The couple married in September 1968 and made their home in Provo. They had five children. Don is employed as vice president, chief financial officer, and general partner of Jones Paint and Glass Inc., which is headquartered in Provo. He has been active in civic affairs, holding positions as chair of the Citizens Advisory Board for the Youth Detention Center in Provo, chair of the Provo City Municipal Council, executive board member of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce, and vice president of the Utah National Parks Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Don is also active in his church leadership, having served as a bishop, stake president, and area authority as well as president of the Hartford, Connecticut, Mission.
Renee — wife, mother, and supporter — also has been active in the LDS church, serving as a member of presidencies and teacher in all the auxiliaries of the church.
Don and Renee place great value in obtaining a college education and are eagerly engaged in helping others to achieve their own.