Death of Ron Butler

By John Mitchell

Anyone interested in Mexico has probably run across a travel article by Ron Butler at one time or another. He wrote extensively and passionately about his wanderings south of the U.S. border, and his articles were published in numerous newspapers and magazines. Ron is perhaps best known to Mexicophiles for his book Dancing Alone in Mexico: From the Border to Baja and Beyond, which chronicles his solo journeys in Mexico after his wife left him with their two children. Ron also won the prestigious Pluma de Plata award for his outstanding travel writing.

Ron Butler died, reportedly of a heart attack, earlier this week at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 77 years old.