January 9, 1949 - December 19, 2012
John Arthur Buckley (Buck), Jr., 63, Tumalo, OR, died on December 19, 2012, from cardiac arrest.
Buck was born on January 9, 1949, in Ridgecrest, California. He was raised in Doyle/Herlong, California, and attended California State University, Chico. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany. Buck loved his Harley, boating, skiing and riding ATVs. Known as “Doctor Freedom,” he served as an elected delegate supporting Ron Paul's Revolution.
Buck found his greatest joy in life in his children and grandchildren - Jason Wilbanks of Costa Mesa, CA, and Jeremiah Lyndon Thornton and son Finn Jackson Thornton, Amber Dawn Thornton and daughter Haley Jane Osborn, Ashley Noel Thornton, Skylar Buckley Thornton, all of Bend, OR. Buck dedicated 30 plus years of his life to teaching his children to ski and snowboard and to supporting their professional snow-sport athletics. Buck loved music and shared this love with his children.
A celebration of Buck's life will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 6:30 pm, in the Mountain Room at the Seventh Mountain Resort, Bend, OR. Buck had two favorite quotes: “First, don't sweat the little things; second, everything in life is a little thing,” and “Get livin'.”