Butch was born at home on Missouri Street in Fairfield to Vernon and Grace Barrett. He graduated from Armijo High School and Solano College, where he was an outstanding athlete. He joined the Fairfield volunteer fire department and became a full-time firefighter in 1965. He rose through the ranks and retired as a battalion chief after 30 years of service.
Butch’s passion and dedication served as an inspiration to many others and he was a strong influence in shaping the department into what it has grown into today. Butch loved his job!
He was also still active with Suisun District, serving as a commissioner for 25 years.
Butch married his high school sweetheart, Carlanne Norris on Feb. 22, 1964. They had two sons, Aaron and Bryan. He was a loving husband and father.
While working as a firefighter, he obtained his general contractor’s license and loved building his own home and working on many other construction projects with the help of his fellow firefighters.
He loved to ride motorcycles, fly fish and travel across the United States, Canada and Alaska in his RV. He planned many trips with family and friends.
Butch was a generous man. He was always willing to give a helping hand. He made us all laugh! He fought a hard battle with congestive heart failure. He was a believer in Jesus Christ and obeyed God’s commands to love, forgive, and help others. He will be greatly missed, but he is at home and at peace with God.
Butch is survived by his wife, Carlanne; sons Aaron (Shelly) and Bryan (Toni); grandson, Alec; granddaughter, Zoe; sisters Ellouise Linnartz (Jim) and Bonnie Sholberg; and many nieces and nephews.
The viewing will be 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield, with the funeral at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 1108 Washington St., Fairfield. A reception will follow at Station 37, Pennsylvania Avenue and Kentucky Street, Fairfield.