Joshua Leo Butler, “Josh” for short, was born in San Francisco, California to Jocque Butler and Chanthea Butler. Josh passed away in Oakland, California, in his home that he shared with his devoted partner of seven years, Christina Alvernaz, who was with him when he passed away in the early morning of March 13, 2022. Josh was 31.
Josh was the second of three children born to Jocque and Chanthea Butler. Josh spent the early part of his childhood in Rodeo, California before moving with his family to Antioch, California at the age of 10 years old. Josh graduated from Deer Valley High School in Antioch in 2008. He attended college at the University of California Davis, where he joined the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. Josh later transferred to the University of California Berkeley, and later to Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. He graduated in May 2019 from both Cal Berkeley and Saint Mary’s with dual bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience (Cal) and Politics (Saint Mary’s).
Ever the ambitious and driven individual, Josh worked throughout his academic career, specializing in tech repair. He was a Geek Squad agent at Best Buy for eight years. In 2019 he began working at Apple Broadway Plaza as a technical specialist before being promoted to the Genius position. Josh cared deeply about his community and was a passionate advocate of social justice. His long term aspirations were to attend law school and become a civil rights lawyer. He was in the application process for Stanford Law School.
From an early age, Josh had a deep passion for music and music production. In his free time, Josh would find inspiration from listening to music of all genres from decades past, and sampling those songs when producing his own beats and instrumentals. His most frequented genres were soul, funk, hip-hop and R&B, especially local Bay Area artists. He particularly loved Hall and Oates.
Josh was a deeply caring and generous individual who freely shared his passions with others, whether music, comics, sports, video games, anime or photography. At home, Josh was a dedicated partner who loved spending time with Christina and their cat Rigby, exploring Oakland and taking trips to see new places.
Josh is survived by his mother Chanthea Butler, older brother Nigel Butler, younger brother Christopher Butler, and girlfriend Christina Alvernaz. Josh is preceded in death by his father Jocque Butler.
All who knew Josh would agree that the light that he brought into the lives of the people he touched cannot be overstated. Joshua’s brilliance, kindness, empathy, compassion, patience, selflessness and generosity was a rare gift that will be sorely missed.
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