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On September 11, 1998 at 3:08a.m., the Martial Art World suffered a great loss.

Donald Irving Buck 10th Dan MDTCM, passed away in his sleep at the age of 73.

Donald Buck began studying the martial arts over 50 years ago in San Francisco. He was one of the few people who received a Blackbelt or teacher credentials in Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, and Jujitsu. He has gone to join his Sensei, Mas Oyama in the Great Martial Art world in the sky.

Donald Buck passed away in his sleep Friday, September 11, 1998 at his home in Benecia California. He was a well known and respected martial artist and teacher. A retired San Francisco Police Officer, Sensei Don Buck has touched many lives. From the students who studied at the local naval bases to the students who were with him in the end. He started teaching martial arts in the 40's and taught at many Northern California Naval Bases and privately as well. He was the Chairman for the Kyokushin Karate organization and he received his 7th Dan from Mas Oyama before his death in 1991. Donald Buck received his 10th Dan in the American Kyokushin Karate Organization and has a doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He will also be remembered for his great sense of humor and superior strength. Donald was a veteran of World War II and trained special forces in the Admirality Islands.

He is survived by his wife Mariette of Benicia California, his sons, Fred of Sacramento California, Donald of Santa Rosa California, his daughter Teri of Alabama, sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Julian Landman of Navato California, brother Edward (Boots) Buck of Sebastopol Californai, several neices and nephews, six grandchildren and close family friends Alice Euguchi, Robert Lavarro, Gary Wwhite and many loyal and devoted martia arts students all over the world.

Donations may be made to the:

Amateur Athletic Union
c/o Fred Buck
13825 N. 32nd St Suite 18
Phoenix AZ  USA 85032
Phone (623) 332-9938 or (602) 485-4003
FAX (623) 878-4011         


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