OBITUARY

David Jeffrey Buck

December 16, 1961October 30, 2018
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David J. Buck, 56, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. A Remembrance will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2pm at Evergreen Funeral Home and Cemetery in Everett. He will be buried at Cyprus Lawn Memorial Park in Everett. Dave was born in Seattle to Ronald and Joyce Buck. Dave was a 1980 graduate of Nathan Hale H.S. and graduated with an A.A. in Forestry from Shoreline C.C. While attending Shoreline C.C. he worked summers fighting fires for the Department of Natural Resources and flew in Cessna 172 planes spotting forest fires. In 1988 he graduated as a Technical Drafter from the Lake Washington Vocational Technical College. He then began his rewarding 30 year career at Boeing as a drafter. He was often part of the team creating designs for new airplanes. Dave's favorite times were spent in the outdoors. He loved hiking, biking, camping, razor clam digging, snowshoeing, taking road trips, game nights, and spending time with family and friends. Some of his favorite places included Kalaloch, Napili Kai, Mt. Rainier, Mountain Loop Highway, The Grand Tetons, Acadia National Park, and Yosemite. Dave was happiest when going on new adventures while exploring the great outdoors. He was a loving husband & father and especially enjoyed his time as "Papa" to his 3 grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Kim of 30 years, son Ian (Julie), daughter Katie, grandchildren Emma, Rayne, and Casey, mother Joyce Buck, aunt Carol King, and great-aunt Barbara Courtwright. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Buck. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104.

Services

  • A Celebration of Life Saturday, November 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

David Jeffrey Buck

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Evan Caffee

November 11, 2018

Dave and I met while working on the Boeing 787 sometime in 2007-2008. I immediately realized that he worked hard and took pride in what he did. He was good at it. He inspired me to do better when I may have gotten discouraged. Throughout the years he continued to be there for me. While working together again on the Boeing 777X, I had a chance to get to know him even better. I noticed he would be sure to take a walk during lunch time to clear his head and make sure he kept moving; what a good idea (another thing I have learned from him). We'd share exciting and stressful times together, both in the spirit of doing what's right (not necessarily what's easiest). I'll continue that philosophy even though Dave isn't sitting in the same row as me any longer (he will still be around us though). We will need to become stronger in Dave's absence, but I know that he knows we can do it.

Farewell Dave. You'll always be part of the Boeing Lighting team.

Katie Buck

November 11, 2018

(Part 2)
I also want to thank you for being the best sideline umpire and my number 1 fan at all my softball games. I know you got tired of having to go to them every weekend but believe me, it didn’t go unnoticed. You were always there cheering me on and I loved seeing you in the bleachers.
Another great memory is going on so many hikes. Hiking was your passion and I'm so glad you passed that onto Ian and I. Your love of the outdoors will live on through us. I love how animated you would get when you talked to someone about your latest adventure.
I also love how frustrated and mad you got while playing games because you were so competitive. Like diving for a water balloon during a water balloon toss game and still managing to catch it. And failing miserably at the Headbands game and getting so frustrated, you just quit talking to everyone. Your competitive spirit lives on through Ian and I. I also love how fond you were of photography and I'm so glad you got me into it as well.
I want to thank you for all the memories! And thank you for being the best dad in the world. I just wish I had more time with you but I know you will always be with me every step of the way. I love you and miss you so much dad!

Katie Buck

November 11, 2018

Dad, you weren't just my father but my best friend. And I know we didn't say it to each other very much, because it was something that was just known, but I love you so much.
I love all our memories together and will never forget any of them. Like clam digging out at the ocean. I know that was one of your favorite activities to do and soon became a favorite of the whole family, especially the night digs where we would wander around in the dark, rain, and wind holding a lantern trying to find those little dimples in the sand. After we finished digging, Ian, mom, and I would be inside the yurt wrapped in blankets playing a game, and you would be outside cleaning all 60 clams at night in the pouring rain. We would check on you and see how you were doing and you always said great with a smile on your face….usually. Other times, we knew you hated doing it but did it anyway.
One of my fonder memories was when we went to Silverwood when Ian and I were young. Mom and Ian went on Thunder Canyon and you and I went on the newest roller coaster, Tremors. I was barely tall enough to ride it but we went anyway because you knew I could handle it. I became obsessed with roller coasters after that and you and I made sure to ride them whenever we had the opportunity.
Another great memory for me was all the vacations and road trips we went on. Like driving through Nevada and Utah and not seeing any sign of life for hundreds of miles. Like camping out at Kalaloch, our favorite beach. Playing in the lagoon with the tiny blue boat on a string, making rafts out of driftwood, having beach fires, and flying kites. Thank you for introducing me to that beautiful place.
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Casey Buck

November 10, 2018

Dear Papa,
I miss you Papa. And I miss hugging you. I liked running in the ocean with you and building the big snowman.

Love,
Casey Buck
(5 year old Grandson)

Rayne Buck

November 10, 2018

Dear Papa,
Papa I had so much fun with you. Like when we went to Washington and went on the boogie boards at the ocean. You showed me the bat at the bat cave. Papa I miss you so much. You will always be in my heart.

Love,
Rayne (Alice)
(9 year old Granddaughter)

Emma Buck

November 10, 2018

Dear Papa,
I had so much fun with Papa. We went to Silverwood and had a lot of fun on the rides like the log river and bumper cars. And the big train we rode on. I rode on it 100 times it was crazy and so much fun. I love you and miss you Papa.

Love,
Emma Buck
(10 year old Granddaughter)

Kimberlee Buck

November 10, 2018

Our heart is breaking today. Not for the memories we have of our life together but of all the ones we will never get to make.
Our grandchildren keep asking where “Papa” is and I tell them he is looking down at us and that he has made our hearts bigger because he is now in our hearts forever. It made them smile and that is what he would want. Smile and think of all the great times we had. Like watching everyone open open gifts on Christmas, exploring the tide pools at Kalaloch, going to the Lewis and Clark Caverns, walking in the snow along the Yellowstone River, camping at the ocean and in Idaho, having fun at the Montana Fair, going to Silverwood and getting wet on the rides, going bowling, letting Emma and Rayne do his hair, playing cars with Casey, playing his favorite game of Chutes and Ladders (not!), and most of all was just being together. These are the kind of memories to cherish. “Papa” will be with you and love you always❤️

Connie Holiday

November 9, 2018

I cannot even pinpoint a favorite memory with Dave, because they are all my favorite. Kim and Dave were the most fun to be around and I am so thankful we made the most of everything we've done together. Loving our pig out times at Terra Cotta Red...playing games around our dining room tables...celebrating both 4th of July and New Years Eve together...Dave putting up with my selfie stick...our night time snow show walk with headlamps...listening to Dave narrate the movie Gerry...taking our annual ghost tours...and I loved hearing about Kim and Dave's travels when they came home. Dave had a way with words and was so fun to listen to! His love for his wife, his kids and his grand kids was abundant. My heart is broken for his loss but at the same time the memories I hold so dear will always outweigh my sadness...How lucky am I to have known someone who is so hard to say goodbye to....

Julie Buck

November 6, 2018

Dave came into my life when Ian and I met. He was quiet at first but very kind. His sudden death has caused us all to think of things that we will no longer expect when walking into the door. No friendly reminders that you shouldn’t climb up something without an exit strategy. How to properly find clams or distinguish what type of plane is flying overhead. Though we are heart broken we will remember the little things. His face when we played melbournes into the night, the smile he always had when hiking up a difficult path. His quirks and jokes, his seriousness and his slight obsession with his hair style. These are the things we will think of not the sad times that we bear with now that he’s gone. His love and passion for the outdoors will always be there as it has been shared with everyone he knows and loves. Though he is gone he will never be far from our hearts and thoughts. I look forward to seeing you on one of the trails in the future passing along the passion that he showed to me.

Kimberlee Buck

November 6, 2018

We have cried at the emptiness in our hearts. We have gotten angry wanting to know why he could be taken from us so early. We have smiled as we have shared memories of him. Most of all we are sad that he will no longer be with us to create new memories. Dave was loved by his family and friends.
Many of our favorite times were spent together as a family. Going to a tree farm to cut Christmas trees and taking two hours to pick the perfect tree. Camping as much as we could where we would hike somewhere during the day and sit around the campfire at night eating s’mores and playing Yahtzee, hoping we would actually get Yahtzee so we could yell it out, loud! The many summers we would camp at Kalaloch were always a favorite. We would explore the tide pools, build rafts to float in the lagoon , play in the surf, fly kites and sit around huge bonfires to roast hotdogs and tell stories. Road trips were always important to him. Most often it would be to explore the beauty found in National Parks and the surrounding areas. A favorite was Kodachrome Basin. He especially loved the Grand Tetons. Hiking the Cascade Canyon Trail to see the beauty of the area was by far his top best hike.
Most of all, Dave just wanted to be with family. To share his love of adventure. He was so proud that Ian and Katie have grown up having that same passion to explore the great outdoors as much as he did.
Dave loved his family with all his heart. Ian, Katie and I meant the world to him as did all our family. He cherished our time together. When Ian’s wife Julie came into our lives along with grandchildren Emma, Rayne and Casey his heart grew He was now a “Papa”.
Friends Dan and Connie were very important to him. He loved going on ghosts tours for fun, hikes, biking and game nights with them.
If Dave was able to say one last thing it would be to treasure family and friends and to live life to the fullest. The mountains are calling and I must go!