Published in San Diego
Union-Tribune on February 7, 2010
David William Buttles,
48, of La Quinta, CA, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2010, after a
short, but courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on April 27, 1961 in San Diego, CA. David graduated from Kearny
High School in 1979 where he was a varsity letterman in football, basketball
and baseball. The New York Mets drafted David out of high school where
he played in their minor league organization for three years until an
injury ended his pitching career. He worked as a pitching instructor at
the San Diego School of Baseball while pursuing his education.
David earned his Bachelor's degree and teaching credential from San Diego
State University and his Master's degree in counseling from UC Riverside.
He coached the baseball teams at Clairemont High School in San Diego and
then Laguna Beach High School before becoming the head baseball coach
at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA. He was also the Athletic
Academic Advisor for the college. He was a very positive influence in
the lives of many of his players and students. David's greatest passion
was baseball but he enjoyed all sports.
He was an avid fly fisherman and an accomplished bowler. He loved camping
and fishing in the Sierras with his family every summer.
David is survived by his wife and best friend Jill, children Sam and Haley,
and Mr. Wilson, his yellow lab; parents Ray and Evelyn and sister Linda
. A celebration of David's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday,
February 12th, on the baseball field at the College of the Desert in Palm