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Allen Bruce “Bud” Cravens Passed on October 10, 2022

Allen Bruce “Bud” Cravens passed away in Bend on October 10, at the age of 84.

As a youngster he lived on Catalina Island and then spent his formative years in California’s San Fernando Valley. In 1960, with his wife, Judy, and their infant daughter, he moved to Camp Sherman, following his parents, John and Bettie, and younger brother Ross, who had purchased the Metolius River Lodge, now known as Metolius River Resort.

Bud worked a number of temporary and odd jobs until he was hired by the U.S. Forest Service, Sisters Ranger District, where he worked in timber, law enforcement, fire control (including an interagency crew), and recreation, where he was assigned to the campgrounds on the Metolius River, and at Suttle and Scout Lakes.

He built a home for his family in Camp Sherman, learning construction, in part, from the magazine Popular Mechanics. He was instrumental in establishing the Camp Sherman Volunteer Fire Department. He was active in the Sisters Jaycees, the Sisters Rodeo Association, and the Bend Elks Lodge.

When early retirement was offered by the USFS, Bud jumped at the chance. He was introduced to the Los Cabos area of Mexico and fell in love with the lifestyle. He spent a few winters there, coming back to the Sisters area in the summer, but nearly 30 years ago made the permanent move to La Playita, BCS Mexico. He truly was in his element there and could not imagine how anyone would want to spend winters in the snow if they had the choice. One of his favorite quips about living in Mexico was, “I’ve got nothing to do and all day to get it done.”

Bud was preceded in death by his parents and a sister. He is survived by his former wife, his three children, Debbie (husband, Kim; step-daughter, Rosie), Rob (wife, Teresa; son, Minam) and James (companion, Melinda). He is also survived by his brother, a nephew (Terry), and a niece (Shelley), and their families. Additionally he is survived by a close-knit community of ex-pats and villagers in his beloved village of La Playita.

No services will be held. His ashes will be spread at a later time in Camp Sherman and in La Playita.

Reposar en paz, Sr. Bud. No Bad Days!


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