HOLDEN, Maine — The man who served as town manager until his retirement last fall died Monday.
John Butts, who was Holden’s town manager for seven years, was 66 when he died after a period of declining health.
“He’ll be greatly missed,” Holden Town Manager Ben Breadmore said Wednesday. “He was a great resource for me, stepping into this position that he previously had. If you ever had a question, he was only a phone call away.
“He was fantastic. He was always willing to sit down and take time to listen to an idea, happy to be a good sounding wall. He had a lot of life experience” in both municipal and military professions, and he was an avid sportsman, Breadmore said.
Butts had been Holden’s town manager since the fall of 2007, when he was tapped to replace former manager Larry Varisco, who retired at that time.
Butts came to Maine from Georgia, where he was employed as public works director in Brunswick, Georgia, after a 20-year career with the U.S. Air Force, according to his obituary. He served as Fort Fairfield’s public works director before being hired as Holden’s town manager.
Butts was recognized for his service to the community during last year’s Fall Frolic, the annual town event that Butts started as a way to help raise money for the restoration of Holden’s historic Town Hall.
Butts is survived by his wife, Cindy Butts of Eddington; his daughter, Sonya, and her husband, Douglas Hughes of Boston; son, Shaun, and his wife, Laura Butts of Orlando, Florida; stepson, Christopher, and his wife, Wendy Burtchell; and stepdaughter, Bobbi Jo, and her husband, Marcus Bernier of Mars Hill, according to his obituary.
He also is survived by five grandchildren, three brothers, a sister and six nieces and nephews.
Butts was an avid outdoorsman and a registered Maine Guide, his obituary noted. He also was an active member of the River City Wesleyan Church, serving in several leadership roles.
Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday at River City Wesleyan Church at 146 Center St. in Bangor. Spring interment with military honors will be held at the Maine Veteran’s Cemetery in Caribou.