(MAY 26) WBAN gives our
condolences to the family and friends of photographer Patricia
Kay Butaud. Butaud did a lot of past coverage for WBAN
ringside at many of the events in Texas and some coverage in
Louisiana. She was an avid follower of the sport.
We just found out yesterday, that
Butaud died on March 25, 2011. She was born in Houston to
Bert and Kathryn Whitehead Butaud. She lived her life in Pt.
Arthur and was a counselor with the Texas Youth Commission.
Patricia served in the U.S. Army and held a Master's Degree from
the University of Texas.
In the local news they reported: "The Port Arthur Police
Department has released the name of a woman who died after
jumping from the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge last week. The
deceased has been identified as Patricia Butaud, 56, of Port
Arthur, PAPD Maj. Raymond Clark said. Witnesses told officers
they saw a woman park her vehicle at the top of the bridge at
about 5:50 p.m. March 25. She exited her vehicle, looked over
the side of the bridge and jumped, according to a press release
from the Port Arthur Police Department. The woman’s body was
recovered in the Neches River shortly after the incident."
Butaud was buried on Sunday,
March 27, 2011, in the Fairmount Cemetery near Hemphill under
the direction of Starr Funeral Home.