Singer-songwriter Buck Moore died in a tree-cutting accident in Idaho earlier this month (Sept. 10) at the age of 79. Moore is perhaps best known for Tracy Lawrence‘s 2005 hit “Paint Me A Birmingham.” He also penned songs for Randy Travis (“The Box,” co-written with Travis), Mo Bandy and Jo Stampley (“Holding The Bag”) Tammy Wynette (“The Note”) and others.
Born on January 3, 1934 to George Moore and Margaret (Warren) Moore in Arnold, Nebraska, he moved with his family to Emmett, Idaho at the young age of 6 months. In 1936 the family moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID, where he attended the Rimrock country school and later graduated from Rathdrum High School in 1952. He married Darlene Hogue with whom he had three sons, Rodney, Jeff, and Marty who all preceded him in death. He later married Virginia Harms and they had one son, Todd.
He loved to race snowmobiles and claimed the title as North American Champion three different years. He also raced motorcycles and loved anything that went fast. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman, making yearly trips to Alaska to fish for salmon.
Buck loved music from a very young age, played the guitar and could sing and yodel. In the ’70s he moved to Nashville and began his career as a songwriter.
Buck leaves behind one son, Todd Moore, his loving companion and best friend, Michelle Bryner, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, brother William (Bill) Moore and sister, Arlene (Moore) Galovic. Another sister, Mary (Moore) Dalby, preceded him in death as well as his parents, George and Margaret Moore.
The family invites his friends and loved ones to join in remembering Buck on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Sun Aire Estates from 1:00-4:00 pm.
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