Carl was born on Sept. 25, 1941, to Everett and Wilhemean (Lawson) Butler of Tremont. From a young age, Carl grew up around and spent most of his time on the wharves of Bernard. After attending Pemetic School in Southwest Harbor, Carl made the decision to serve his country by joining the Army and doing a tour in Korea. He married, had his first son and returned home to Maine in 1964 to make his living lobster fishing. He shared his passion for fishing with his father and older brother, Foster, who also introduced him to their off-water love of stock car racing. Carl was hooked on car racing and had a “need for speed.” He spent weekends racing at Graham Lake in an old Chevy that he spent hours tinkering with and shining for the occasion.
Carl was a hard worker and built, with much of his own labor, a home on the Kelleytown Road in Tremont for his then wife, Hazel (Merchant), and the two sons they had together, Carl Jr. and Chris. Naturally both boys were introduced to lobster fishing from an early age and the family spent many summer weekends exploring the outer islands or winter weekends traveling north to ski with friends. They fondly remember Carl as being a dedicated father who taught them the value of hard work and teamwork. Carl attended every sporting and school event whether they were local or hours away.
Carl and Brenda (Ouellette) spent 23 years together and married in 1996. They made their home in Mount Desert, but the Butlers always enjoyed being on the go. It was a common sight to see them patronizing the popular local restaurants where they could catch up with friends and extended family. They enjoyed day trips to the islands with their dogs, and Sunday drives to wherever the road would lead. In the most recent years they took to traveling to Florida for a little warmer weather and had planned to become snowbirds so that they could enjoy the best of both worlds.
Carl was predeceased by his parents, his brother Foster Butler, and his older sister Emily (Butler) Colby. He is survived by his wife Brenda; his sons, Carl Butler Jr. of Southwest Harbor; Chris Butler and wife Christina, of Palm Harbor, Fla.; two granddaughters, Natalie and Brianna Butler of Palm Harbor, Fla.; his former wives Hazel Young of Milbridge, and Donna Snowe of Washington; his oldest son, Randy, of Tacoma, Wash., and extended family and friends too numerous to mention.
A service in Carl’s remembrance will be held in the spring of 2016 where his family can share in his love of the ocean by returning him to the sea and joining together to tell a few sea stories and a lot of laughs.