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Mylon Lee Buck, August 17, 1932-March 1, 2021

Mylon Lee Buck, M.D., died peacefully at home in Redmond on March 1. He was 88 years old.

The first child born to John and Othel McAdams Buck in Arbyrd, Missouri, on August 17, 1932, Dr. Buck graduated from high school in Leachville, Arkansas, where he excelled academically and physically, playing center on the basketball team and winning medals as a discus thrower and shot-putter on the track team. He attended undergraduate school at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he continued to excel in track and field. He then attended Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Missouri, obtaining his M.D. in 1958.

Dr. Buck came to Eugene for his internship at Sacred Heart Hospital, after which, in 1962, he built the Fairfield Medical Clinic in the Bethel District of Eugene, where he established a practice along with his brother Dr. David Buck and others. Later, when the specialty of family medicine was recognized in Oregon, Dr. Buck passed that examination. Dr. Buck also taught a medical economics class at Lane Community College in Eugene from 1968-1972.

Dr. Buck authored “How to Build a More Rewarding Medical Practice” (1969, Prentice Hall Publishing). Dr. Buck was president of Lane County Academy of General Practice from 1969-1970. He was also instrumental in the foundation of Lane County Planned Parenthood and was president of that organization from 1968-1970. Dr. Buck was also a volunteer at the White Bird Clinic. Dr. Buck was a team physician for Willamette High School for 30 years (1958-1987) and was a member of the Bethel School Board from 1961-1963.

During his early years in Oregon, Dr. Buck made numerous adventurous trips along the West Coast, from Alaska to Mexico. He was the ultimate outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and horse packing, as well as scuba diving, river boating, water skiing, and snow skiing. Dr. Buck was inordinately fond of his horses and dogs. Dr. Buck was director of the Oregon Quarter Horse Association (1976-1981) and director of the American Quarter Horse Association (1978-1981).

After retiring in 1987, Dr. Buck and his wife, Sharon, built a house on a 40-acre ranch in Sisters, where he enjoyed his hobby of raising and training racehorses.

In 2018, Dr. Buck and Sharon sold the ranch and moved to Redmond, where he had time to indulge in his love of televised sports events.

Dr. Buck is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Dana Buck; three sisters, Carol Mehaffy, Vickie Petersen Buck, and Debra Lula; adopted son, Bob Hurley; adopted daughter, Andrea Osborne; grandchildren, Carly Andrews, Dan Golden, Helena Buck, Michelle Hurley, Trevor Hurley, Isaac Osborne, and Mitchel Osborne; stepchildren, Scott Bassinger and Dana Heinrich; grandchildren Jenny Alexander, Mackenzie and Madison King, Nate, Luke and Jake Bassinger; and long-time helper, Don Banich. Dr. Buck is also survived by five great-grandchildren.

Dr. Buck was preceded in death by his son, Parry Lee Buck, brothers Dr. David Buck and Ronald Buck, and grandson Tyler King.


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