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Maj. Gen. Butz, former assistant surgeon general for Air Force dental services, dies

August 18, 2016

By Jennifer Garvin

Maj. Gen. Donald J. Butz
Williamsburg, Va. — Retired Maj. Gen. Donald J. Butz, former assistant surgeon general for dental services for the U.S.Air Force, died Aug. 4.

Maj. Gen. Butz was born in Nevada City, Calif., in 1933, and earned his dental degree from the St. Louis University School of Dentistry in 1959, according to his Air Force biography. He entered the Air Force with a direct commission as a first lieutenant immediately after graduating from dental school. From there, posts followed at Misawa Air Base, Japan; Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.; Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; and Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

After serving as the command dental surgeon, he was promoted to assistant surgeon general for dental services for the Air Force in March 1987. He was promoted to major general in 1990 before retiring from the military in 1993.

Maj. Gen. Butz's military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award and the National Defense Service Medal.

Maj. Gen. Butz is survived by his wife, Rose Marie; four children: John (Debbie), Bill (Lynne), Jennifer and Jim (Vicki); and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Bede Building Fund or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Online condolences may be shared with the family here.