Floyd Ellis “Butch” Milleson was born Aug. 29, 1946, in Kemmerer, to Floyd E. and Lily Pearlean Milleson and concluded his journey in this life and entered his rest Feb. 8, at his home in Round Rock, Texas.
Butch is preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Beverley Bott (Demar).
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Milleson; children, Mathew Milleson, Misty Anaya (Roman) and Destiny Lyautey (Logan); as well as by Janet Gayle Mecca and their daughter, Monica Vickery (Gregg). He will be lovingly remembered by his brother, Jim Miller (Verone); his nine grandchildren: Joshua, Jennifyr, Irissa, Evan, Arianna, Alex, Skyla, Laryia and Dannie; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members.
Butch was no stranger to hard work or to getting his hands dirty. He was so familiar, in fact, that those who knew him well would tease him by saying that dirty was how he preferred them. Butch’s work ethic was cultivated as a boy when he went to work for his sister and brother-in-law mowing lawns on their ranch near the Tetons in Idaho near the Wyoming border at the tender age of six. By the time he was 10, Butch was operating a D9 Caterpillar tractor as a key member of the staff working to process the ranch’s 100,000 acres of potatoes, wheat, and barley.
Butch was greatly respected by his professional peers and colleagues within the oil and gas community and admired for his dedication and professional expertise demonstrated throughout his 47-year career. At the age of 17, Butch left the ranch and started his career in the oil and gas field as a warehouse clerk for El Paso Natural Gas. At the time, he was the youngest person ever to be hired by the company. Butch quickly worked his way out of the warehouse and into natural gas production where he served continually, becoming the materials supervisor despite his department operating under a changing corporate logo, first as El Paso, then Northwest Pipeline, and finally Williams Field Services. Desiring to broaden his professional acumen, Butch returned to the field and spent the last 15 years of his career serving as a pipeline inspector on some of the nation’s largest interstate and transnational natural gas pipelines before deciding to retire and pursue other pleasures near his home in northwest New Mexico.
When not working, Butch had a green thumb for gardening and learned to cultivate not only overflowing crops of fruits and vegetables, but also beautiful rose and ornamental flower gardens. You could often find him working on an innovative gadget or system to irrigate his plants.
For entertainment, Butch enjoyed watching westerns on television and listening to classic country hits by the likes of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. A cherished memory shared by many is how Butch would often fancy himself as an outlaw like the Man in Black, defying the powers that be with a six-shooter on his hip and cowboy hat on his head.
He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.
Following cremation, Butch’s remains will be interred in a family plot at Green Lawn Cemetery in Farmington, NM. A memorial service and celebration of Butch’s life will be held in the near future. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care provided by Texas Home Health and to acknowledge the multitude of dear ones who blessed us with their condolences or placed us in their thoughts and prayers during this time of bereavement.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 1217 Rainbow Parke Drive, Round Rock, TX 78665 and, if so desiring, in lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial contribution be made to Texas Home Health Hospice, 3520 Executive Center; Suite 320, Austin, TX 78731.