Bill Buchanan

Bill Burton Buchanan, age 89 passed away November 10, 2012 at the Canyonlands Care Center.

Buchanan was born May 24, 1923 in Sinbad, Colo. He was the youngest son of Bert and Ireta Buchanan. He was raised on the Pace family homestead in Castle Valley.

After completing high school at the Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Buchanan enlisted in the Air Force on Nov. 12, 1942. He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, New Mexico on June 1, 1943. He flew cargo planes in the South Pacific during WWII.

He married Doris McEatron Oct. 7, 1944. They hitchhiked to Las Vegas to get married. After the war they lived in Bakersfield, Calif. In the late 40s they moved back to the Pace ranch in Castle Valley. In 1952 the family moved to Moab and Bill went to work for Burt Vivian, drilling holes for uranium. In 1966, Bill went to work for Texas Gulf Sulphur in the maintenance department. He retired after almost 20 years of service.

Bill and Doris enjoyed traveling and spending time with their family. They also enjoyed many summers in Montana. His hobbies included woodworking, golf and ATV riding.

Bill is survived by his daughters Sandra (KC) of Montana; Linda (Fred) of Moab; and Susie (Tom) of Wyoming. He is survived by seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, He was preceded in death of his wife Doris; brothers David and Buck Buchanan; and sisters Zella Ray and Lola Hardy.

A Masonic service will be held on 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. Cremation has taken place. His ashes will be placed in the family cemetery in Castle Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.