CJ Busick was born July 15, 1918, to Elisha and Mabel Busick in Green City, Missouri. He attended school in Green city and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in business. He was married to Virginia Smith for 53 years with Virginia passing away in 1994. They had a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Ann.|
CJ joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. He was in the first wave to land on Iwo Jima and fought for 36 continuous days until the island was "secured". He was later stationed in Japan, Guantanamo Bay, El Toro, and New River, NC. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1964, having served several years as aid to General Lemuel C. Shepherd.
After retiring from the military, CJ worked at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco, commuting to his home in the Napa Valley where he raised cattle, corn, grapes, and two race horses, Huntly Sis and Depth Charge.
CJ and Virginia moved to Southern California and enjoyed life at the Inn in Rancho Santa Fe. He served as manager of the Wells Fargo Bank in Rancho Santa Fe, and then formed his own business, CJ Financing Services.
He was a familiar figure in Rancho Santa Fe, walking through town in his custom made boots, ever the gentleman, tipping his cowboy hat to the ladies and greeting his men friends with a particularly strong handshake. CJ also enjoyed riding horses with the Vaqueros and having dinner with the Cohiba group.
CJ married Kathleen Olson in 1996, having met her at Horizon Christian Fellowship in Rancho Santa Fe. He soon became important to her whole family, being loved and admired by her children and grandchildren. The couple resided in Lake San Marcos.
CJ is survived by his wife, Kathleen; children, Christopher and Ann; brother, Albert, grandchildren, Jessie, Cody, Inga, Katie and Emily; and several great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 4, 2013, at 2pm at the Meadowlark Community Church, 1918 Redwing Street, San Marcos.
Published in the Rancho Santa Fe Review on Aug. 1, 2013