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Butch Lockley is a contestant from Survivor: The Amazon.

Butch was a well-liked figure for the most part, despite infamously causing the Jacaré camp to burn to the ground due to his negligence. When the intended target Jenna Morasca won immunity at the final four, Matthew von Ertfelda convinced her to vote out Butch instead of Rob Cesternino, leading to his elimination.


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Born in St. Louis, Mo., Butch Lockley grew up in Dupo, Ill. As a youth, he participated in little league baseball, Boy Scouts, church activities and camping in Southern Illinois. He graduated in 1970 from Dupo High School and received an athletic award for having the most varsity letters through participation in cross country, basketball, and track. In 1974, Lockley received a Bachelor of Science degree from Greenville College in Illinois. With a career in education, he then served 19 years as a high school teacher, athletic director and coach. During that time, he also finished a marathon (which had been a personal goal of his). In 1994, he received a master's degree in education administration from Eastern Illinois University. He is currently a middle school principal and district transportation/building and grounds director. He recently held offices in the Illinois Principal's Association and the Illinois Basketball Association. He is an active member in the Olney Rotary Club.

Lockley enjoys hunting, water sports and walking. He describes himself as enthusiastic, ambitious and humorous. If he could hold any political office, he'd like to be a state congressman because he could influence laws and programs that would help his state grow and develop while maintaining contact with the local people. He is most proud of raising his three children. He is doing this because he loves competition, challenges and the outdoors and a chance to win some money. If he wins the $1 million, he's going to buy a 4-Wheel Drive Pick-Up truck.

Lockley currently resides in Olney, Ill., with his wife, Cindy, who is a counselor at his school. They have three children, Amanda, Joshua and Andrea, and a dog, Casper. His birth date is August 28, 1952.[1]


Butch was initially placed on the all-male Tambaqui tribe, where his survival skills impressed Rob Cesternino. Butch placed his luxury item, a banner that says "Believe in Yourself", at the shelter. At the first Immunity Challenge of the season, the men were leading until Daniel Lue and Ryan Aiken had trouble crossing the balance beam, allowing the Jaburu women to win immunity. Butch and Alex Bell sided with Roger Sexton to vote out Ryan because of his immaturity and dismal challenge performance, while Dave Johnson voted against Daniel. The swing vote, Rob, cast the critical vote against Ryan.

The tribe received Tree Mail on Day 13 asking for its youngest member, who was Dave, for a night of fun and wine. When Dave returned, he announced that Alex, Rob, and Matthew von Ertfelda would be going to Jaburu and replaced by Christy Smith, Heidi Strobel, and Jeanne Hebert. The men were amazed that Christy was deaf and Butch enjoyed the smile on Christy's face when she was accepted into the tribe. When Tambaqui lost the Immunity Challenge, the men settled on Jeanne, who was implied to be the next to go on Jaburu based on information that Dave extracted from Jenna Morasca. Dave managed to get Heidi to flip, sending Jeanne home.

On Day 19, the tribe was allowed to open the box that was there since the beginning of the game. It said that the tribes had merged. The newly-merged Jacaré tribe moved to a new camp site, where a feast awaited them. After the merge feast, Butch joined Roger in building a shelter. However, the women started getting annoyed with Roger's perceived chauvinism. After Deena Bennett won the first individual Immunity Challenge, Butch voted against Christy at Tribal Council, only to be blindsided when Roger was the one sent home in a 7-3 vote. Now on the outs with his lone ally Dave, Butch's game was dealt a further blow when Dave was voted out at the next Tribal Council.

In the coming days, Alex and Deena started targeting each other. Butch was approached by Matthew to be a part of a chain alliance, which was lead by Rob, who told the chain alliance to vote out Deena, blindsiding her in a 6-2 vote. The next day, Butch, Christy, and Matthew did all of the work around camp while the others lounged around. Knowing that they were in trouble, Matthew tried to get Rob on their side. Rob won immunity, and sided with Butch, Christy, and Matthew to vote out Alex. At the next Reward Challenge, Matthew won and elected to give up his right to see his mother so everyone else can see their loved ones. Butch was ecstatic to see his wife, Cindy. In the following Tribal Council, Butch was left out of the plot to oust swing vote Christy.

After the merge, Butch began gathering a lot firewood to the point of obsession, making Rob help him. As the tribe went to compete at the next Reward Challenge, the wood that Butch had stocked caught fire, burning the camp down. When Butch, Heidi, and Jenna returned to camp, they found their camp in ruins from the fire. Everyone was devastated as they lost their possessions (with the exception of Heidi, whose possessions were unharmed in the fire), leading Jenna to have a breakdown. Despite Jenna asking to leave the game, the men deemed Heidi the bigger threat and voted her out instead. At the final four, the men agreed that Jenna was the next to go. When Jenna won the next Immunity Challenge, however, Butch tried to get Jenna on his side. However, Matthew lobbied against Butch, saying that he did not play the strategic game and did not deserve to be there. After careful consideration, Jenna voted against Butch, who was voted out in a 3-1 vote.

At the Final Tribal Council, Butch first congratulated the finalists, then asked the finalists to name an example of when they lied. Jenna said that she lied to Deena because Jenna felt that Deena betrayed their alliance. Matthew said that he lied to Roger as part of the plan to vote him out and lied to Alex to save himself. Butch gave his jury vote to Matthew, making him the only person to do so, as Jenna became the Sole Survivor in a 6-1 vote.

Voting History

Butch's Voting History
Episode Butch's
Voted Against
1 Ryan -
2 Tambaqui Tribe Immune
3 Daniel -
4 Tambaqui Tribe Immune
5 Jeanne Christy, Jeanne
6 Tambaqui Tribe Immune
7 Christy -
8 Dave -
9 Deena -
11 Alex -
12 Jenna -
13 Heidi -
14 Rob Jenna,
Matthew, Rob
Voted Out, Day 37
Voted for
Sole Survivor


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  • Butch is the first contestant from Illinois.
  • Butch's luxury item was a "Believe in Yourself" banner.


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