Earl “Butch” Butler, co-founder, president and CEO of Butler Amusements, passed away Dec. 21 at Kaiser Santa Clara (Calif.) Medical Center of health complications. Butler was 69. 

His parents, George and Evelyn Butler, operated a game concession at festivals on the weekend, and Butler began helping them at 13 years old. He played varsity basketball at Austin (Minn.) High School, and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lou. Butler moved from Minnesota to San Jose, C...

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