Elk NetworkBill Buckner Loved Baseball, Elk Hunting and RMEF

General | May 31, 2019

Bill Buckner passed away at the age of 69. He’s best known for his 22 seasons as a Major League Baseball player. Over his career, he racked up 2,715 hits while playing for five different teams and made two World Series appearances.

What you may not know about Buckner is he also loved hunting and the outdoors. He was a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for 33 years. He joined the then-fledgling organization in 1986, just two years after RMEF was founded.

Buckner made a speaking appearance at RMEF’s 2018 Elk Camp in suburban Phoenix. With his brother at his side, he spoke of faith in God, love of family and his enjoyment and experiences he cherished while elk hunting.

“After battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia, Bill Buckner passed away early the morning of May 27th surrounded by his family,” according to a family statement given to ESPN. “Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life. Our hearts are broken but we are at peace knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

(Photo source: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation)