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Leesfield & Partners to launch a college scholarship in honor of a beloved Key West High School teacher

Dexter Butler, 38, was a pillar of his community in Key West, positively impacting the lives of his high school students, the young men on his basketball team and all who knew him. 

With a planned athletic scholarship to be awarded in his name, Butler will be afforded the opportunity to continue doing just that for his students.

“Coach Dex” and Butler’s Legacy

Butler died in March 2024 while on his way to meet his students, according to reporting from local news outlets at the time of his death. He was a husband to Maria L. Castillo and father to a 2-year-old girl, Viviana Jade Butler. His parents are Anita and William “Bill” Butler and one brother named Devin Miles Butler. 

Dexter Butler

A college scholarship opportunity will be open on behalf of Leesfield & Partners for athletes at Key West High School to honor teacher Dexter Butler who tragically passed away in March 2024.

In life, he was known for his compassion, kindness and mentorship, a legacy that this scholarship aims to keep alive. His passion for student sports stems from his own experience as an athlete, both during his high school years and in college at the University of South Florida and Nova Southeastern University. Butler returned to his hometown of Key West after college where he taught and began coaching, following in the footsteps of his father who coached tennis and basketball. His time teaching and coaching earned him the affectionate nickname, “Coach Dex.”

The news of Butler’s death left his community reeling with devastated mourners gathered by the hundreds for a candlelight vigil in his honor, according to local reporting. Butler is described as being “full of life” and who seemed to love those around him with a kindness that left an “indelible impact.” Through this scholarship, Butler’s work to support and guide his students will continue. 

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The scholarship will be awarded on behalf of Leesfield & Partners to honor Butler’s passion for sports as well as the dedication that he had for his students. 

More details including how to apply and an award ceremony will be released at a later date.  

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