CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Lincoln County millionaire and arts patron who started his own state newspaper chain died earlier this month in Mexico.
West Hamlin native Dan Butcher died Aug. 11 in Acapulco, according to obituary information provided by family members to The Lincoln Journal newspaper. He was 54.
Butcher went to Guyan Valley High School and Marshall University before going to work for The Washington Post company, where he eventually became a publisher in the company's community newspaper division. Butcher also ran a lucrative landscaping business, and was a major benefactor for a new Lincoln County High School.
In 2006, Butcher founded the Lincoln Standard newspaper as a rival for The Lincoln Journal. He also started newspapers in Boone, Cabell and Putnam counties. Butcher formed the group Lincoln County Friends of the Arts, which sponsored the Lincoln County Heritage Festival and a series of concerts by performers such as Kathy Mattea and Loretta Lynn. In 2007, Butcher told an interviewer he wanted to "clean up the county where I was born."
The Lincoln Standard and Butcher's other newspapers ceased operations in 2008.
Butcher had been living in Florida. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Eversole; one daughter, Sophia Butcher and siblings Patricia Tyler, Carla Belleli, Theresa Walsh, Jackie Estep, Lisa Burke, Timothy Butcher and Zack Butcher.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin. Burial will follow at Ray Cemetery in West Hamlin.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.