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Lawrence R. "Buck" Bemis


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Lawrence R. "Buck" Bemis Obituary
MONTEREY – Buck was born in Santa Ana, CA and lived there until February 1942 when he entered Navy Flight Training. Buck was assigned carrier duty, spending the next 24 years as a Naval Aviator. He retired as a Commander in 1966. His final assignment was at the Naval Post Graduate School where he decided to make the Monterey Peninsula his home. Buck went into Real Estate and became managing broker and VP at Del Monte Realty Company of Pebble Beach. Buck served three terms as President for the Carmel Board of Realtors. In 1986, he continued as an Associate with Ben Heinrich Real Estate Carmel until he retired.
Buck's true passion was Jazz and in 1966 he was inducted into the Monterey Jazz Festival Board of Directors, serving as President from 1979-1981. He was recognized as an authority on Jazz from the early 1920s to the present day.
Buck served on the Board of Lyceum of the Monterey Peninsula. He enjoyed membership at the Beach and Tennis Club where he played lively tennis until age 85.
Another passion of Buck's was travel. He and his long-time companion, Jan Gardner, travelled to over 30 countries by car, ship, plane, train and foot. He loved sharing his travel experiences by writing trip reports from all their destinations.
Buck is survived by his daughter, Dr. Gabrielle Bemis Batzer (Ron Wong) of Honolulu, HI; his granddaughter, Darien Batzer and grandson, Eliot Batzer.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caring staff of Sunrise Senior Living and Heartland Hospice Services and to the wonderful care extended by Dr. Andrew Johnston.
Private services will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in his name to Education Program, Monterey Jazz Festival and may be made online through the website or mailed to P.O. Box JAZZ, Monterey, CA 93942.
Published in The Monterey Herald from July 11 to July 13, 2014
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