Buck was born in 1923 and was raised in the Burns and Fields area of eastern Oregon. He played football for Burns High School as a tight end when they won the state championship in their division. At the start of WWII He joined the service and flew transport planes throughout Europe. He returned home safely in 1945
In 1946 he met Donna Muno and they were married later that year, after a short courtship, that lasted almost 60 years. Donna grew up in Oregon City and worked for her parents in their bakery. After they wed they moved to Woodburn, where they were both involved in the community through the J.C.’s. Buck was the State president of the JC’s during this time. He also was among a group of men who started the Woodburn Chuckwagon Breakfast in the park
The Buchanan family moved from Woodburn to Dallas 1958, where Buck and Donna managed the Ben Franklin Store, which they later bought, and expanded by opening a Fabric Hut in Dallas and then in the mid 1970’s they opened a Ben Franklin Store in Monmouth.
Buck and Donna both supported the Jerry Lewis MD Telethon by parking their motorhome in the Ben Franklin parking lot with additional phones and a donation drop site
They have four children that attended DHS:
Karyn Buchanan DHS Class of 1965
Claudia Drill DHS Class of 1967
Conni Anderson DHS Class of 1968
Rodney Buchanan DHS Class 1972
The four children were all members on the Dallas Swim Team before it was the Blue Dolphins. Donna was one of the original founders/Organizers of KIDS Inc and the whole family helped to stencil the first shirts for the kids in the program (a makeshift setup in our garage at Orchard View) She also chaired the State Band Festival for 2.years. Buck and Donna always sponsored KIDS Inc teams thru the Ben Franklin Store. They also supported their children in whatever activities they were involved in (sports, rally, Camp Fire Girls, school clubs).
Both Buck and Donna were always supportive of community events such as, the Booster Club (part of the group that built the stadium in 1966), a formal dinner and dance called The Gala, the Rotary exchange program by hosting exchange students and starting the Rotary Breakfast in the Park as well as many Chamber functions.
Buck served on the Dallas School Board for 16 years until his youngest child graduated and then Rod was a School Board member after that for 12 years; until his youngest child graduated from DHS
Buck was a natural entrepreneur and he and Donna employed many DHS students over the years. They both set an example for these kids with their own strong work ethic.
Buck was honored with several awards during his years in business. And he always said Donna was 51% of the reason he received these awards
- Dallas Chamber’s Jr First Citizen in 1959
- Dallas Chamber’s First Citizen in 1982
- Oregon’s’ Retailer of the Year in 1982
- Buchanan Family was honored as the Dallas Chambers’ Family of the Year in 2007
In 1978 mom and dad put Dallas on the map by being kidnapped at gun point in Burns Oregon, and taken to Boise Idaho. The kids found out on the local and national news! That’s a story for another time. They got home safely, thank the Lord
This is a quote from Buck’s self-written biography “We had always wanted to live in Dallas. Through the state J.C.’s (Junior Chamber of Commerce) we had made friends here and just thought that Dallas was the place for us. We got a shot at buying the Ben Franklin store, so we really went after it. Best move we ever made in our whole life. Thank you, Dallas, we still feel that way
Thank you and love you all, Buck”
Following the death of our beloved parents the four of us kids, as adults, have stepped up to try and continue their legacy. We all love Dallas and have made a commitment to remain active in the community; though it seems impossible to replicate all our parents good works and accomplishments. They did instill their work ethic and their example of community involvement and we know they would be so excited and proud to see the Turf project come to fruition