Buck Ware Obituary, 2012

Buck Ware, 74

Buck Ware, 74, gently passed away on Oct. 25, 2012, in his Bigfork cabin, surrounded by his children Todd, Lynn, Kelly and Laurie (and his beloved dog). After a life centered around bringing recreation to large numbers of people, “the Buck moves on.” Following high school in Santa Monica, Calif., Buck built a large recreation park near Acton called Soledad Sands Park. The park was nestled in an oasis of shady cottonwood trees, where families enjoyed a day of picnicking, swimming, and most importantly, playing together. The park grew throughout the ’60s and ’70s to become an active venue for Southern California’s largest company picnics. Hosting up to 7,000 people on a weekend, with train rides, full catering and entertainment … Buck would still make time for his passion of leading large field games (usually with humorous and slightly-twisted rules). His games often drew over 200 participants into a spectacular egg-toss or gunny sack race, with many hundreds laughing and cheering from the side lines. Buck’s most deeply rewarding picnic each summer was when Disneyland would bring its staff out to the park for a day of leisure activity. When asked what his profession was, he would reply “I’m a professional picnicker” … He was also a pilot, a sailor, a logistics leadman for Ronald Reagan’s race for governor, a captain of his 65-foot Norwegian trawler and a voracious philosopher. He treasured the writings of Ayn Rand, the creativity of Walt Disney and the music of Neil Diamond. “I Am, I Said” and Sinatra’s”I Did It My Way” were certainly his theme songs. Buck also developed two beautiful, recreational subdivisions in Florida, Spruce Creek Farms and Quiet Place in the Country, offering more than 200 2-acre homesites. Buck lived out his days amongst the beautiful forest of Montana, caring and supportive of his family, quietly authoring a general unifying theory that would link mind and heart, politics, religion, education, quantum physics, man/woman energy and anything else such principles could apply to … “the Grand Principle.” He was loved by his four children, seven grandkids, in-laws, ex-laws and many happy picnickers gone by. Buck asked for no ceremony, preferring that we make a grand toast to his life with a joyful spirit. (And he might still ask us all to notice those little synchronicities in life, as indicators of many little prayers being answered.) As Buck would say, “The creative use of leisure time is the most vital force in molding the future of the world.” “Cheers to life!”

Source:  Daily Inter Lake (Kalispell, MT) – Friday, November 9, 2012


Buck Ware Obituary, 2012 — 1 Comment

  1. Cheers Buck,
    I worked for you back in 1@80. Somehow I neve felt as if though I was working.
    Have a grand picnic!

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