April 19, 1914 – Fernie, BC
May 15, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Mr. Daniel John Butala of Calgary passed away peacefully on May 15, 2014 at the age of 100 years at the Mount Royal Care Center. Dan was predeceased by his wife Greta Butala and survived by his children; Barry Butala of Calgary, Brenda Balzer and Danny of Dobson North Carolina, Janice Palsen and Jim of Calgary and John Butala of Calgary. Dan is also survived by his four grandchildren; Jesse Wilson, Lucas Way, Kimberly Lentz and Bruce Balzer and four great-grandchildren; Harlow Wilson, Quinn Leigh Wilson, Alexander and Breanna Lentz.
Dan was born in Fernie BC in 1914. Shortly thereafter Dan moved to his father’s homestead near Divide, Saskatchewan where he spent his early years. Dan returned to Fernie to attend school where he spent most of his childhood and was first introduced to music which became a big part of his life. Dan played violin and trumpet in several small dance bands in the Fernie area and in Southwestern Saskatchewan during the depression years. After war broke out in Europe, Dan enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1940 and was stationed in Calgary with the Canadian Light Infantry Band at Currie Barracks. In 1941 Dan married the love of his life Greta. While in Calgary, Dan learned how to play the clarinet and saxophone. Dan served overseas in England, Holland, Belgium and Germany from 1944 – 1945 entertaining the troops in Military Bands and an All Star Dance Band. After the War, Dan and Greta settled in Lethbridge where they began to raise their family. Dan worked for Revelstoke Companies and was transferred to Calgary in 1956 where he has lived most of his life. During his time in Lethbridge and Calgary, Dan played with numerous dance bands and promoted music amongst youth through the Calgary Boys and Girls Band. In the late 1960’s Dan founded the Foothills Concert Band for adult musicians with an interest to practice and play for their community. In the early 1970’s Dan was approached by a small group of medical doctors to help them form a dance band called The Hippocratic Oath that re-created the Big Band sound of the 1940’s. In his later years Dan handed over his leadership position in both bands but continued to play with both groups until he was 85 years of age.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S “Park Memorial Chapel” (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.), Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4 Street S.W.), on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with the Very Rev. Jack Pereira, Celebrant. Graveside Service to follow in “Good Shepherd Cemetery” at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank the all of the staff and nurses at the Colonel Belcher Retirement Residence and the Mount Royal Care Center for the loving care our father received.
In living memory of Daniel Butala, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences