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John Buting


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John Buting Obituary
John Buting, 62, beloved brother, uncle and friend, died July 13, 2017 from heart failure in Colorado Springs before emergency heart bypass surgery could be scheduled.

John was born on May 2, 1955 in Indianapolis to Walter and Margaret Buting. John earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana University. After earning a law degree from the University of Oregon, he practiced law in Portland for 15 years. John then made a successful career change owning and operating several small businesses in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.

John's move to Durango, CO in 2012 in semi-retirement was a turning point in his life, where he was able to combine his love of skiing and star-gazing with volunteer work. He was particularly passionate working with children, and devoted significant time to the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers, the Powerhouse Science Museum, and other volunteer organizations serving the poor.

In the Southwest, John was able to pursue his great loves of star gazing and skiing. He was a tireless advocate for dark skies in every community in which he lived, writing letters to the editor and using his legal advocacy skills to successfully lobby local government to enact protective legislation. John loved to share his passion for the stars with friends, experienced astronomers, and newcomers.

John joins his parents, Walter and Margaret, and his brother, Joe, in the heavens. He is survived by his siblings Tom, Jerry, Marianne Murphy, Mike, and Rosemary Jorde, and six nieces and nephews.

A celebration of John's life will be held at the Animas Alano Club (Cowboy Church), located at 2601 Junction St., Durango on July 22, 2017 between 5-8 pm. Please join us to celebrate this special life. The following weekend John will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony in California. Memorial donations may be made in John's name to any of the worthy local or national groups John loved.
Published in The Durango Herald on July 19, 2017
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