Buck Schaffer, 63, of La Grande, passed away at his home with his wife by his side April 1, 2019. A memorial to celebrate his life will be held on April 19, 2019, at 3:00 pm at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in La Grande, OR. Pastor Mike Armayor will be officiating the service, and a reception will follow. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2702 Adams Ave, La Grande, OR 97850.
Buck was born May 28, 1955, in Prosser, Washington, to Lloyd D. and Naoma (Judy) Makovsky Schaffer. A sister, Darla, joined the family three years later. He attended Moses Lake Christian Academy through the 9th grade. He continued his education at the Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, Washington, where he graduated in 1974.
Buck grew up working and learning about the agriculture business in the Columbia Basin with his father. He would often say, “You could take the farm boy out of the dirt, but you could not take the dirt out of the farm boy.” Buck always enjoyed the fresh smell of spring mornings on the farm, right down to the dirt.
Buck married his soul mate Suzette Layng on December 28, 1986. Together they raised their combined family of four children, Kim and Jason Schaffer and Matthew and Marc Martin.
He learned how to do auto upholstery and opened several upholstery shops in his lifetime. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and belonged to the United Motorcycle Club international. Buck had a passion for the outdoors, woodworking, making writing pens, and gold panning and camping with his family and friends.
He also loved the Lord and had committed his life to Jesus Christ from a young age. He was a lifelong member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and held many positions at the La Grande Seventh Day Adventist School.
Buck’s father passed away in October 2018. He is survived by his mother Judy Schaffer, West Richland, WA; wife, Suzette Schaffer, La Grande; daughter, Kim Schaffer (Dewayne), Spokane; sons, Jason Schaffer, Spokane, Matthew Martin (Niki), Imbler, and Marc Martin (Angie), La Grande; sister, Darla Schaffer, Pasco; uncle and aunt, Charles and Martha Shaffer, Kent, WA; and six grandchildren.