David Butz

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David R. Butz, 72, died at home in Swansea, IL, on Friday, November 4, 2022. He was the only son of Verlo R. and Mary K. (Reinberg) Butz, born on June 23, 1950, in LaFayette, AL.

At an early age, David moved with his family to Illinois where his athletic career took off. He was a three-time All-American in football at Maine South High School in Park Ridge. He also excelled at basketball, scoring over 1,500 points for the school, and held the state high school discus record for 13 years.

David earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Physical Education/Health and Safety, and a minor in Speech, from Purdue University in 1973. David’s athletic talent continued on the Boilermakers’ football team where he was voted to the College All-America Team in 1972. In 2004, David was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Selected in the 1st round of the NFL draft by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973, he was subsequently acquired by the Washington Redskins in 1975.He was a resilient and feared defensive lineman for the Redskins. While with the team, David played in three Super Bowls, serving as captain for two of them. He retired from professional football in 1989 as one of the most revered players in the history of the franchise. In 2002, he was selected as one of the 70 Greatest Redskins of all time and voted to the 40 Greatest Redskins of all time. David finished with a total of 203 games as a Redskin and the second-highest sack total in team history (62.5). He was later honored at Fed Ex Field with his name listed in the Washington Redskins Ring of Stars.

David was an avid shooter/hunter, who was an outspoken advocate for Second Amendment rights. He was an NRA Benefactor member that made numerous commercials and appearances for the NRA. During his lifetime, he served on several nonprofit boards and participated in a variety of shooting competitions to raise money for numerous charities. David won top shooting awards in the Charlton Heston Celebrity Shoot, Schwarzkopf Cup, and Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot. He was a life member of National Sporting Clays Association, the only recipient of four George Allen Leadership and Achievement Awards, and in 2012 was inducted into the Grand National Quail Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter Elizabeth A. Butz. He is survived by his loving wife, Debra, (Duncan) Butz, her daughter Allyson (Thomas) Hundley and her grandson Harvey Hundley; his former wife, Candyce (Engel) Butz; three children, David (Christine) R. Butz II, Kiffin (Ryan) J. Miller, and Jason C. Butz; two grandchildren, Margret and Meredith Butz; and four sisters Marianne (William) Billings, Marcia (Dave) Pardue, Margo (Alfredo) Mojica, and Marjorie (Jim) Morrissey.

In his memory, donations can be made to https://events.lustgarten.org/DaveButz65 which will support pancreatic cancer research. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

In lieu of a traditional memorial service, the family will host a celebration of life at a later date with close family and friends.


7 Comments on David Butz

Falsino Uribe said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2022 at 9:21 AM

David was a gentle giant, a very humble, kind and thoughtful gentleman. He lived his life for the Lord and he is now at rest in his Heavenly Father's benevolent arms and grace. God bless you David, I will never forget you.

  • Carrier Mills
  • IL
Laura Bachenberg said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2022 at 8:58 AM

Dave was an extraordinary man. Many people were aware of his athletic and shooting talent. He was humble about his other gifts such as his business acumen; ability to detect physical problems and heal them; and his uncanny situational awareness and so much more. He had a huge, huge heart and will be missed very much.

  • Allentown
  • PA
David Wittkop said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2022 at 12:26 PM

Sorry to see Dave's passing. I met him at the NRA Heritage Society functions. I was in a group of people with Dave at the sports clay shoot twice. Such a nice calm and helpful instructor on how to shoot those pesky clays. The last time I talked to him was at the 2019 NRA Whittington Center Founders club weekend along with the Heritage Society event. I asked him about his football career with Purdue and the Redskins and playing against the Wolverines. Boy, the injuries he had to go through and still be a tough defensive player. Dave will be greatly missed at the events. God bless you and his family.

  • Houghton Lake
  • Michigan
Debbie Lippert said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2022 at 5:29 AM

We’re so sorry for your loss! Jamie Lippert Irwin & Debbie Lippert

  • OFallon
  • I L
Bill Delawter said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2022 at 5:51 PM

Dave was always a big part of our family while playing in Washington. He would come to our family restaurant (The Avalon) on several occasions, and was always very welcoming to all that approached him. A kind, gentle, caring man who should be the example for all professional athletes. Our family would like to give our condolences to the entire family, and prayers to you all. I’m sure my dad (Bill), and Uncle Bobby (Tichnell), were two of many waiting to greet him in heaven. Much love.. The Delawter Family

  • Frederick
  • MD
Connie Barre said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2022 at 5:10 PM

Many years ago, I was in charge of a youth group at St. Luke’s Church. We had a gathering after Mass and I invited Dave Butz to be the guest speaker. He Accepted! Cheer them on Dave-give them a positive message that life can be a challenge but.... He was amazing!! And he passed around his beloved Super Bowl ring! These kids are in their 40’s but they will never forget Dave Butz! May you Rest In Peace! Connie Barre

  • Belleville
  • Il
Woodland Family said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2022 at 7:05 AM

Lots of love ❤️ thoughts and prayers🙏

  • Streator
  • Il

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