August 17, 1932 to January 30, 2012
Jack Butefish passed away from Parkinson’s Disease at Silverado Residence in Newport Beach California on Monday morning.
Jack was raised by Clinton and Margaret Butefish who came to California from Kansas and were successful in the post WWII baby store business. Jack worked in their stores as a child and then, as his height soared to 6’7”, he excelled as an athlete at Inglewood High School. When he and his friends went down to the train station in LA to enlist in the Korean War, his height caused him to be sent home because “he couldn’t fit into the uniforms and beds”.
He was an excellent athlete and played many sports, but excelled as a pitcher and played with the Dodger Farm team. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara and received his graduate degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He joined CitiCorp in New York City who sent him to manage their bank in Santiago, Chile for 3 years. In Chile he perfected his Spanish and learned Rugby.