California Sacramento Mission

President and Sister Buckner (1975-78)

President Buckner was born in Provo, Utah. However, he and his family moved to several places while his father was employed with J.C. Penny Co. He attended high school in Ogden, Utah where he met his sweet wife, Melba. Sister Buckner was born in Riverside, Idaho, but was reared in Ogden. In October of 1945 they were wed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. They have been blessed with five children; Lynda, Brent, Terry, Kathy, and David.

President Buckner attended two years of college at Weber State, where he received his Associate B.S. Degree, and later received a B.S. Degree from Brigham Young University with Honors. He won the Heber J. Grant Oratorical Contest at BYU. Sister Buckner graduated from Ogden High School and obtained her Associate Degree at Weber State College. She also took classes at BYU after being married, in cooking and sewing.

Both have a long list of Church positions held. Sister Buckner has been Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher, counselor in the Primary Presidency, and Relief Society President. President Buckner has served as a leader in scouting, an YMMIA General Board member, a Bishop, a counselor in a Stake Presidency and a Stake President. Having a broad background of community activity, President Buckner has been National President of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1954-1955, a former member of the board of Governors for the American National Red Cross, and a State Senator in Utah.

Sister Buckner's hobbies include sewing and golf "When she gets the time". President Buckner enjoys golf, fishing, hunting, skiing, and genealogy. Of course everyone who has eaten in the Buckner home knows Sister Buckner is a fabulous cook.

Thanks to Bruce L. Willden for providing information.

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