Fremont Jeffrey “Opy” Buchanan, 54, a lifelong resident of Skagit County passed away Thursday February 11, 2016 at Providence Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. To think of Jeff is to think of many things. The outdoors, family, trapshooting, fishing, golfing and hunting were just some of his favorite things.
Jeff “Opy” was born in Sedro-Woolley on February 16, 1961, a son to Fremont and Joan Buchanan. Jeff was raised and attended school in Sedro-Woolley, graduating from SWHS in the class of 1979 where he was active in golf and FFA. He went to work for the Department of Natural Resources right after graduating and worked there for the next 20 years.
On November 29, 1980, he was united in marriage to his first love Elaine Senn, having two sons Jason Eugene and Geoffrey Lee Buchanan.
Years later, he met his second and everlasting love, Julie Walker. They were united in marriage August 29, 1987 and just three months later, they welcomed their daughter Renee Lyn into the world. The trio has been inseparable ever since. The family enjoyed road trips to Disneyland, hunting, golfing and going to Canada for trapshoots. He loved taking his kids to Baker Lake to fish, even though they always outfished him. The family also enjoyed camping, shooting hoops and badminton.
In addition to all his outdoor skills, love of golf and being a great shot with a gun, Jeff was a great friend, father and husband.
After retiring from the DNR, he worked a few shutdowns and has been self employed for the past 12 years working out of the family home. He enjoyed spending his days visiting with friends, playing cribbage and taking care of all the wildlife in the backyard.
Jeff was a caring man with a big heart. His dry sense of humor and say it like it is attitude were enjoyed by those around him. He loved old westerns, AC/DC, bluegrass music and board games. A gentle soul, a loving father and husband, caring friend and lifelong resident to the community, Opy is one face we will all deeply miss.
Jeff was a registered organ donor and his wish was to be able to help and save others. His wish was honored as he was able to donate parts of his body for others and research.
Jeff is survived by his loving and caring wife of 28 years, Julie at the family home in Sedro-Woolley; his daughter Renee and future son-in-law John Garman; sons, Jason and Geoffrey Buchanan of Ferndale; sister and brother-in-law Julie & Tony Sosa and special friends Tommy Hooper, Jim Gorum and Denny Athearn.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fremont and Joan Buchanan, his brother Jon, mother-in-law Coral Walker and his loving little buddy Snip.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Lemley Chapel on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2:00pm followed by a potluck fellowship at the Sedro-Woolley Eagles. Please come share memories and have a toast to Jeff’s life with some good friends and good music by Birdsview Bluegrass. Services are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.