Matthew Joseph Butlak

Matthew Joseph Butlak, 86, passed away quickly on Dec. 18, 2007.  
A Funeral Mass was held for Mr. Butlak at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Shady Cove on Monday, Dec. 24 at 9 a.m.
Matthew was born Sept. 12, 1921, to Joseph and Josephine Butlak in Lackawanna, New York. As a young man, he moved to Southern California where he met and married his beloved, Mary Kathleen Walsh, on Sept. 18, 1947. They raised three children.
He worked in underground construction most of those years as a member of the Plumbers Union and Teamsters. He used his free time well as an avid golfer. He enjoyed deep sea and surf fishing, playing cards, traveling and get-togethers with family and friends.
He and Mary moved to Eagle Point in 1979. Having suffered a severe stroke at the age of 56, his speech was quite affected, but he used his words superbly. He was independent and in control of his life until the end.
What he taught his kids and grandkids, through example  is, work with what you’ve got, don’t cry over spilled milk, find a solution, get on with it and listen. He had integrity, determination, dignity, endurance, courage, intelligence, a sense of humor, compassion and a healthy dose of stubbornness.  He lived more fully with his disability than many of us who have none so apparent as his. "Papa" was a fixture at North Medford High during his grandsons’ basketball and football seasons. He never missed a game, near or far. He is unforgettable to anyone who had the opportunity to know him and he relished all the relationships, no matter how brief or long they were.
His son, John, helped him remain independent in his last years, being his driver, appointment maker, sometime interpreter, companion, vent-to-guy.
Matt is survived by a sister, Alice Krtanjek, Glendale, AZ.; son, John Butlak, Eagle Point; a daughter, Kathleen Brooks-Van Sickle (husband, Hal), Medford; grandsons, Ian Brooks (partner Tisha Watson), Talent, Or and Dustin Brooks, Portland; great-granddaughters, Makiyah and Sienna Brooks, Talent. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Kathleen, and his son, Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul or to a favorite charity. 

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