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Walter "Bud" Perry

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Walter "Bud" Perry Obituary
WALTER "BUD" PERRY (alias Grumpy) The "other" long time Hemet Valley resident, age 86, died peacefully Wednesday, October 17 at home. Born May 2, 1926 in Hemet, he was the third child and only son of a local alfalfa farmer. He attended Fruitvale School on Eaton St., Hemet Elementary, Hemet Junior High and Hemet Union High School class of 1944. He attended Chaffey Jr. College and graduated from U.C. Davis in 1949 with a degree in Agronomy. Bud's turning point in life was in April 1949, where at a chance encounter during the annual Hemet Jeep Club Cavalcade through Coyote Canyon to Anza-Borrego Desert, he met his future wife, Barbie Pitcher. On July 8, 1950, Bud and Barbie were married at the Episcopal Church in Hemet. After college Bud returned to Hemet to farm with his father. After that he worked fabricating and modifying harvesters for the Shaw's, then on to EMWD from 1954 to 1982, a job which paid the bills but did not satisfy his inventive mind. In 1954 Bud formed Hemet Mfg. Co. (trenching business) followed by Genesis Construction in 1982 with his sons Bruce and Tom. Later came BBT Enterprises and Hemet Industrial Supply which were formed to support Genesis Construction. Throughout his working years, Bud always made time to play. He loved camping, hunting, fishing, water skiing, deep sea fishing, backpacking, playing poker with friends, dancing and traveling with Barbie, the kids, and grandkids but above all he was a jeeper. In 1951 he traded a pickup truck for a 1943 Willy's Jeep from his brother-in-law Irv Robinson. Starting Friday night and into the wee hours of Saturday morning prior to a cavalcade, Bud and a group of buddies drank beer and painted the original black and white squares on the jeep blue and orange and it was forever called "the Checkerboard." He jeeped with anyone who was willing, taking many trips throughout California, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Baja California. His favorite time of the year was spring when he drove through the Anza Borrego desert while "Pops" took pictures. On desert trips, he taught his children, grandchildren and many others how to drive the "Checkerboard," sometimes even before their feet were able to touch the pedals. Bud loved to "tinker, invent and construct" at his shop next to the old ranch house where he was born. He designed and built a special chair, a go-cart, a swing set and a small swimming pool for his oldest son, Mikey. His mathematical and inventive mind was always looking to create an easier, useful or better way to do things. He designed and built trenchers, TV antenna bases (remember those?), a s*** pontoon (poo-poo float), a pipe laying machine and tractors with crazy names like Myrtle, Wild Thing, Confucius, Lucy, and Monster that were all modified to do unique jobs. These contraptions were utilized throughout his lifetime for the construction of many projects in the community. Bud was a charter member of the Hemet 20-30 Club and the Hemet/San Jacinto Exchange Club. He was involved in the construction of many community projects including the original Hemet High Football Stadium (built during the '50's), the arena for "The Center," Gibbel Park, Searl Park, and the Hemet Youth Baseball Fields. His trenching machines dug hundreds of house and wall footings throughout the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley and miles of trenches for irrigation pipes for the citrus groves. His talents were also requested by other service clubs throughout the valley to help with other community projects. Bud and Barbie's golden retirement years included extensive travel of North America wearing out two camper trucks over a period of twenty years logging more than 150,000 miles. He especially enjoyed the scenic beauty and wildlife encounters while driving to Alaska three times on the Al-Can Hwy. He often shared his memories of visiting Nome, halibut fishing out of Homer, and a breath-taking plane flight on a clear day circling Mt. McKinley. He never forgot seeing a bull moose standing under the Alaskan pipeline shading itself from the summer sun. He enjoyed international travels, especially the Amazon, the Pantanal, Iguassu Falls in Brazil, Antarctica, a South African Safari, traveling through the Panama Canal, and visiting relatives in Aland, Finland. He is going to be greatly missed by daughter Jane (Jack) Perry-Teague; son Bruce (Candace) Perry; daughter Margi (Guy) Stinson; daughter-in-law Tina Perry; as well as his four grandchildren, Nichole and Trevor Perry, Michelle and Kenny Perry; a sister Bernice Robinson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Barbie, two sons Mikey and Tom, and sister Dottie. The family invites all to attend a celebration of life service to be held at Bible Fellowship Church on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 10:00 am located at 26835 Columbia St., Hemet, CA 92544. The family requests your experiences and memories of Bud be emailed to Jane at [email protected] for a memory book. We would also like to share some of these special moments by allowing those who feel comfortable to read them at the service or have them read by us. For any family and friends who are unable to attend, we ask for your throughts and prayers as we all say "Goodbye" to Bud on Saturday. For those able to attend the celebration of Bud's life, the family will be wearing t-shirts with a picture of the "Checkerboard," so casual attire is appropriate. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be sent to: Friends of Valley Wide at P.O. Box 907, San Jacinto, CA 92581 or the Church of the Good Shepherd Memorial Fund at 308 E. Acacia Ave., Hemet, CA 92543. Matthew McWane, Director

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Published in Press-Enterprise from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28, 2012
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