Robert "Butch" Parker III
Butch is a direct descendent of Robert L. Parker, aka Butch Cassidy, however this Butch chose to uphold the law rather then break it. Prior to the lights going out, Butch was the Sheriff of Beaver Ut, where the biggest issues he had to deal with was drag racing and the town drunk. Now he has found himself as the Voice and the unofficial Mayor of Camp Zion. He has the look of your kind Uncle, however under that soft smile and white beard is a man who knows what evil lurks just beyond the Camp Zion walls. His years in law enforcement has taught him how to recognize when something isn’t right, and more importantly how to handle it when it confronts him. He does have his soft side, and is willing to help those in need. It is upon this soft side, that Butch has been able to build and maintain such an eclectic group of survivors. So if you can find it, and arrive safely to Camp Zion, Butch will offer a helping hand. But make no mistake, if you bite that hand, he will use it to end you.
I was 16 years old, when my family and I were traveling back home to AZ from Salt Lake City, UT. On our way home we spent the night at Beaver UT and it was then that I learned that Butch Cassidy had lived around there. I had already seen the movie about 20 times, with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and I instantly wanted to learn more. So when I was writing book twoForbearance, and started to research around Zion National Park, I knew I needed someone from Beaver Ut with some type of ties to Butch Cassidy, and thus “Butch” was born. This character is based off of one of my Uncles, who had spent majority of his life as a Sheriff Deputy and later would become Chief of Police in Charleston South Carolina. My Uncle was always kind and had a big smile, but he was not one to cross.
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