Douglas Allen Buck

January 2, 1956 ~ May 11, 2020 (age 64)

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Douglas Allen Buck went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 11, 2020. He was born on Jan. 2, 1956, to John and Dorothy Buck.

The eldest of seven children, Doug was born and lived nearly his entire life in the Flathead Valley.Being born and raised in the Flathead instilled a great love of nature in Doug. As a child, he spent many hours fishing and camping with his family. He worked as a sawyer and heavy equipment operator, which allowed him to spend many long days in the woods covered in dirt and pitch. During his life, he also built log homes, was a mechanic, ran a salvage yard and was a miner. His picture was even featured in the Wall Street Journal with an article written about the gold mine Doug started with two of his lifelong friends, Michael and Jim Keys.

Doug developed rheumatoid arthritis in his early thirties and endured constant pain throughout the remainder of his life, however, he seldom let this get him down. A self-proclaimed “incurable optimist,” no task was too great with a little ingenuity and some help from the Lord. Even though he was in a wheelchair he never let it stop him from doing what he wanted to do, whether it be running his chainsaw/sawmill, weed eating or gardening. He was truly unstoppable.

Doug was fiercely outspoken, loyal and generous. He was a faithful believer in the Lord, loving father, proud grandfather and devoted son. He loved to learn and was an avid reader and a collector of all things. Due to these attributes, Doug’s knowledge covered many topics. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

He is preceded in death by his sister Ruthie; son JoJoe; and mother Dorothy. He is survived by his father John Buck; daughters Jennifer Grande and Morgan Sutton; sisters Vicki Swartzenburger and Josie Buck; brothers Kenneth Buck, Ronnie Buck and Robert Buck; and the true loves of his life, his grandchildren: Gracie, Colter, Lilly, Michael, Nolan, Garrett, Rory and Will (Little Doug). He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and wonderful lifelong friends. A graveside service will be held at Conrad Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. We encourage you to wear your favorite tie-dye in honor of Doug. Friends are encouraged to visit our website at to leave notes of condolences for the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory caring for the family.


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