Buster Allan Grider

June 18, 1957March 3, 2018

Buster “Buzz” Allan Grider

Buzz passed away March 3, 2018, at home unexpectedly in his sleep. He was born June 18, 1957 in Ventura, CA to J.T. and Elaine Grider. The Grider family moved to Bakersfield in 1961. Buzz was very active and athletic throughout his life. Playing football from a young age for the Jack Frost Little League to Highland High then onto Arizona State where his team went undefeated in the Fiesta Bowl. He finished his football career at San Diego State. He continued to play recreational sports like rugby and slow pitch softball. He was very involved in his children’s little league sports, whether it was coaching or sponsoring the teams. In 1979, Buzz became one of the owners and operators of the family business, Jennings Transfer and Storage. If anyone ever needed moved he was the one to call and get it done. He was an avid motorcycle rider. He enjoyed taking trips on his Harley with groups of buddies to places including Laughlin, Sturgis, and Mexico. Buzz was a true friend to all and will be greatly missed. His laugh, hugs, smile, and back rubs will forever be in our hearts. Buzz is survived by his father J.T. Grider and sons Brandon and Blake Grider. He is preceded in death by his mother Elaine Grider and stepmother Jaque Grider. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, March 16th, 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park in the Chapel.


  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Friday, March 16, 2018

Buster Allan Grider

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Lisa Ledbetter-Barnett

May 4, 2018

Buzz was the best friend a girl could ever have! He taught me many things! One was to give blood! I was working for he and JT, I was afraid! He made it easy and I still give blood! He called me a wimp once because I hadn't given blood since 2007. He forgot I had a melanoma scare so he got over it. His heart was as big or bigger than his body! Not one person mentioned that when he spoke to you his eyes never left your eyes and if you had been explaining something to him he would say "I know, ha, I know!". He was a wonderful friend to me and I still pick up the phone to call him.........and then I remember! He is the heavens! Tell Nicki hello for me Buzz! Love you forever and you will never be forgotten! Just remember our tricycle races! Our team were all 6 feet tall, except me! Boy I should have refigured that one out! We still came in in 2nd place my friend! Fun times!!! Just remember...Butterflies are Free! Fly my friend!

Stephanie Klugow

March 16, 2018

I'm sorry for the loss of Buzz. I know he was a big presence in my brother, Nick Gilmer's life. He was big and loud, and when my brother had his brain injury he came to visit him, and encouraged him to stand up! He showed his love and concern and I love him for that. He also, came in cussing about when were they going to fix his bone plate! Which we all wanted to happen but it took way too long. Anyway, I am sorry so that his boys had to lose their dad at such an early age. May you always keep your good memories and love from your dad in your heart.❤️

Samuel Barnes

March 16, 2018

Buzz was a big presence in every room he entered. The way he carried his self always build an undeniable special grace in the moment that provided a space for everyone to enjoy that moment. He would listen closely and then take action on his feelings. I respected and loved Buzz and I will miss him. Although I am still in Bali and unable to attend his memorial today, I will be there in Spirit. I extend my deepest and loving condolences to all his family and each of his close friends. Much Love & Light, Samuel Barnes

Patrick Ryan

March 13, 2018

As a fellow friend and Highland High School classmate of "Buzz", it's hard to imagine this world without him. I recently visited Buzz in February while dining at Mossman's at Westchester Bowl in Bakersfield. BUZZ stll carried his big enormous smile and his muscular dynamic strong XXXL size illuminated the place. Always with a laugh, that's the BUZZ GRIDER we all loved. BUZZ was strong. Stronger than JackLaLanne. BUZZ and I shared a mutual LOVE OF MOTORCYCLES and a personality some say is larger than LIFE. My heart and prayers pour out to the family and friends of the one and only "BUZZ"...Rest in Peace, ...........................I'll see you in Heaven with my old pal Jack LaLanne...... . Patrick Ryan....Morro Bay

Judy Babcock

March 13, 2018

It was a pleasure to have known Buzz.. He was always a welcome visitor and a great breakfast maker. Buzz will be missed by all who knew him. Yuma mama.....

Robert Chase

March 13, 2018

I remember Buzz by his enormous love of life. He made other's around him better and shared of himself.
He was most known for his football prownness, but he was a teammate of mine on the Highland wrestling team. He was a scrapper and always gave 110 percent.

It was my pleasure to have been a teammate of his on the Scotsman wrestling team.

May you rest in peace Buzz. Until we meet again in Heaven.

My thoughts and prayers to all the family and may God's comforting peace be with you to give you strength and hope.

Your friend,
Bob Chase

Jim Zontek

March 13, 2018

Prayers to the family and many friends. Buzz was a great guy and friend to everyone. We had a lot of fun nights after our boys got done playing football for East High feeding the team and great conversations. You will truly be missed. R.I.P. Buzz

Patrick Phipps

March 12, 2018

Lot's of great memories working for the Griders and after work fun as well but my best memory is camping at Pomona for NHRA drag racing. Made memories to last a lifetime.

Dan Hurtado

March 12, 2018

Buzz always helped me out when a friend needed moving furniture into their home. The last time we spoke, we talked about family. He spoke proudly of his son's. A very good man and father. He will be missed.

Carrol Holdsworth (Bierlein)

March 12, 2018

Buzz was my first boyfriend (at Washington Jr High) and I can say that I truly loved him. I thought about him often. I am so sorry.