Michael Leroy Buck passed away suddenly January 7, 2012 in Crescent City, CA. He was born March 16, 1952 in Manteca, CA.
Mike was born and raised in Manteca on the Buck family almond ranch. He attended Golden West Elementary School and graduated from East Union High School in 1971.
After graduating from high school Mike enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Ranger of which he was a life time member. After his duty in the service Mike was employed by a couple of local trucking companies and then worked for Corn Products, Inc. for 17 years in Stockton prior to his moving to Crescent City six years ago. While in Crescent City he enjoyed fishing and working in the family garden. He also became very involved with the Veterans. He enjoyed attending various classes for the blind at the VA in Palo Alto. Mike also was a team member of the Golden Ages Olympic team sponsored by the Veterans. He was very proud of the numerous medals in the past 3 years that he had won. When not attending a VA function or tending to the garden, Mike enjoyed watching football, Nascar and baseball.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Buck. He leaves behind his mother, Betty Buck and brother Marty Buck of Crescent City, sister Jeanne Swift and her husband David of Manteca and brother Jim Buck and his wife Deborah of Atoka, Oklahoma. He also leaves behind 2 daughters, Sherry Nelsen of Manteca and Beverly Buck stationed in Fort Drum, New York. Michael also leaves behind a granddaughter, Brianna Nelsen of Manteca, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He will also be sadly missed by all his teammates and friends at the Palo Alto VA Blind Center.
Arrangements for Michael were made through Weirs Mortuary in Crescent City and final resting place will be out to sea per Michael’s wishes.
A remembrance celebration will be announced and held at a later date in Manteca.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Friday, January 27, 2012