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Buck Uptmor Obituary

Buck Uptmor (AP Photo/Uptmor Family)
Buck Uptmor (AP Photo/Uptmor Family)
Buck Uptmor of West Volunteer Fire Department died in the explosion at West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas.

WILLIAM "BUCK" UPTMOR: Fence-builder, musician, rodeo devotee

Uptmor, 45, owned a fence-building business and was supposed to start a job at a nearby ranch soon. Among other projec ts, Uptmor's company built the local cemetery's fence, said Bill McKown, a retired school superintendent from Abbott, Texas, a town six miles from West.

"He was always busy," building fences, McKown said. "Because he was very reliable."

Uptmor was the drummer for the band Billy Uptmor and the Makers. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching his children's sporting events, coaching Little League and supporting his daughter in barrel racing. He trained and jockeyed race horses and loved to rodeo, whether it was riding bulls or saddle and bareback broncos, according to an obituary released by a funeral home in West.

"I told him: 'You probably got every bone in your body broken.' And he said, 'That's probably true,'" McKown said.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Arcy Uptmor, his parents, two sons, a daughter, a grandmother, a brother, a sister and several nieces and nephews.

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