Jumi Butler left this life for his next in the early morning hours of Dec. 27, 2012, one day before his 64th birthday. His passions included photography, auto racing, particularly Formula 1 and wine — especially the great ones from Paso Robles — the study of it, the procurement of it and last but not least, the enjoyment of it! And he loved Paso Robles, to where he and his wife Shirley moved in January of 1999.
Although his earlier career had been in international transportation, the last 15 years had been in the computer industry and a job he loved in San Jose, to which he commuted weekly. He loved his job, the company and the people with whom he worked but commented frequently that "too many things happened in Paso Robles Monday thru Friday that he missed."
Jumi was a proud, good man with a gigantic heart, fiercely loyal to family and friends. In the end it took a three-year illness to finally stop that heart.
He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 37 years; his mother Rebecca of Fullerton, Calif.; his uncle John Costarella of Paso Robles; and cousin Johnny Costarella and wife, Wendy, of Atascadero. The remainder of the Butler family, including his uncle Richard Butler, reside in Southern California and are too numerous to mention.
He is predeceased by his father, Bert Byron (Jack) Butler.
A memorial gathering is being planned for Saturday, Jan. 19.
In lieu of flowers, contributions could be made to Hospice Partners of the Central Coast.
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