Glenn was born East of Egnar, Colorado on December 21st 1935. He was the 9th of 10 children born to Frank and Elsie (Knuckles) Buffington. He loved his parents beyond words. He was especially close to his oldest brother George who taught him to play the fiddle and guitar as a young boy. Glenn quickly became proficient and as a teenager he taught his best friend Leamon May how to play guitar. They formed a small band and played music for Saturday night dances in the southwest Colorado area for several years.
After graduating from high school in Dove Creek, Colorado in 1954 he followed in his father's footsteps and tried his hand at farming. In 1957 Glenn married his childhood sweetheart Judy (May) Buffington. Shortly after that Glenn moved his family to Slick Rock, Colorado, where he was the 2nd man hired by Union Carbide at the new uranium mill in Slick Rock. He worked there for 8 years. Around that time Glenn's brother-in-law Pete Neely taught him the skill of welding and in 1965 he went to work in Moab, Utah at the potash facility as a welder for 2 years. In 1967 Glenn and Pete moved their families to Seattle Washington where they worked on building the first drilling rig that was headed to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Glenn and Pete both moved their families to Alaska later that year to follow the construction and worked in the cook inlet for several years on many different onshore projects and platforms. Over the next 35 years he worked in many different areas in the Alaskan oilfields, from welder to foreman to supervisor Glenn was well liked, respected and developed many lifelong friendships with the people who worked with and for him.
Glenn loved his family deeply, he was very proud when his love of playing music was passed on to all of his sons and his many grandchildren. Every family get together for many years always involved great music. He loved camping and fishing with his family. He always had a book going with the help of all his many friends who furnished him with hundreds of books over the years. He spent many hours enjoying his crossword puzzles and playing scrabble with his family.
Glenn was a kind, loving, honest and hardworking man, he loved all the babies and little kids very much. He was very private and was a man of few words.
Glenn was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Elsie Buffington, brother George Buffington, sisters Gladys McFarland, Dorothy Johnson, Zelma Vinger, Belle Ivie, Hazel Allen, Aleene Neely and Shirley Diedrich.
Glenn is survived by his wife of 64 years Judy Buffington. Daughters, Glenda (Dick) Kapp of Kenai, Brenda (Gary) Martinez of Bayfield, CO; Lana (Tom) Hancock of Dove Creek, CO. Sons Walter (Amber) Buffington of Kasilof, Garland (Leonor) Buffington of Kenai and Frank Buffington of Anchorage. Seven Grandchildren, Jessica Tovar of Colorado Springs, CO; Clark Buffington of Grand Junction, CO; Edward (Jessie) Buffington of Kenai, Hayden Sterling of Anchorage, Ian Buffington of Anchorage, Dylan Sterling of Soldotna and Georgia Buffington of Soldotna. Seven Great Grandchildren, Layla Buffington, Dionicio, Aurelio and Maggie Tovar. Lily , Lennon, Levon and Michael Buffington. Brother, Ray (Pat) Buffington, brother in law Allen (Wendy) May. Sisters in law, Janet Buffington, Mary Carr, Wilma May, Cheylene May and Donna (Bob) Brunet. Nieces and nephews, who all loved Glenn dearly, are too numerous to mention.
At Glenn's request there will be a private family graveside ceremony.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to assist in the maintenance of the Kasilof Cemetery. Make checks out to KCA Cemetery, PO Box 340 Kasilof, Alaska. 99610
Published by Peninsula Clarion on Sep. 1, 2021.