George Raymond Buck Jr. was born on October 18, 1937 in Denver, CO the son of George Raymond Buck Sr. and Georgia Dudley Buck. He passed away due to natural causes on Monday, April 6, 2020 at his residence at the age of 82.
George grew up in Denver, Colorado and attended Colorado State University where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He then went on to earn his law degree at Denver University. During law school he met his wife of 55 years, Frances Louise Buck. They were married on August 8, 1965. Both George and Fran settled in Cortez before the birth of their oldest child, GIII.
George practiced law with a local firm for several years and then served as District Attorney for many terms. He then opened his own private practice which continued to operate until his passing. At 82, George was the longest practicing attorney in Southwestern Colorado. He was an active member of the Bar Association and a dear friend to many.
George was a man of many interests. During his lifetime he enjoyed travel, photography, candle making, river raft racing, bull and bronco riding, fly fishing, wood carving, hunting, competition rifle, volleyball, golf, skiing, pigeon racing, coin collecting, and his dogs. George was a committed husband and father who was actively involved in his children’s activities. He was a pivotal leader for the Cortez Leopard Sharks Swim Team from 1973 to 1987. He served as President and coach, as well as the starter and record keeper during that time. He also became involved in the 4-H community when his children started to raise rabbits and chickens. While in high school, George’s children never participated in a sporting event without him there. Even when they left for college he would make the trek to Northern Colorado often to cheer them on when competing in their collegiate sports. His children were a great source of pride for George.
Our loving father is survived by his sister, Mary Lou Kingery of Littleton CO; his three children, George Raymond Buck III of Spring TX, Kimberly Ann Martin of Livermore CA, and Kari Lorain Buck of Bayfield CO; his six adoring grandchildren, George Raymond Buck IV, James Edward Buck, Nicholas Andrew Buck, William Melville Murphy III, Allison Louise Murphy, and Jamison Aspen Martin.
After just three months of losing Fran, our dear father is now back with his bride of 55 years.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made in George’s name to the Cortez Water Dragons Swim Team formerly known as the Cortez Leopard Sharks which George supported selflessly for so many years. Please make checks payable to the Cortez Water Dragons and send to Mara Baxstrom, 21198 Rd. V.6, Lewis, CO 81327