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Karin Buck

Karin Suzanne Buck (Eriksson)

Monday, April 24th, 1944 - Tuesday, August 4th, 2020
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Karin Suzanne Eriksson Buck, 76, of Provo, died August 4, 2020 after a fall in her home.

Karin was born April 24, 1944 in Oakland, California, the second of six daughters born to Karl Oskar Edvard Eriksson and Norma Frances Kest Eriksson. She grew up in Oakland, Turlock and Concord, graduating from Clayton Valley High School in 1962. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, where she majored in history and geography. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1966, she taught Utah history, geography and general music classes at Evergreen Junior High School in Mill Creek.

Karin married Danny Lee Buck in the Salt Lake Temple on August 22, 1968, and they moved to Concord, California, where they had a family of six children. After Dan Buck died in a car accident in December 1981, Karin moved her family to Provo to re-enter the work force. She became certified to teach special education, primarily working at Cherry Hill Elementary in Orem, where she also served as an assistant principal. She retired from teaching in 2006.

After retirement, Karin spent more time with her family and visiting with friends at church. She loved people and enjoyed learning about their lives. She also loved to read, and joined a book group to discover and discuss new books. She was an excellent cook and baker and loved to nurture people through sharing good food. Perhaps most importantly, she had the talent of being a good listener.

Karin was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her faith was a crucial part of her identity, and although she was as imperfect as any of us, she tried very hard to follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ and to be a little better every day.

She was predeceased by her parents, Karl and Norma; her sisters, Kathleen and Bonnie; her husband, Dan; and his parents, Price and Lorene. She is survived by three sisters: Linda (Ian) Hart of Arnold, California; Maureen (Douglas) Muhlestein of Concord, California; Marcia (John) Hetzler of Martinez, California; and a brother-in-law, Bruce (Sue) Buck of Anderson, Indiana. She is also survived by her six children: Suzanne (Curtis) Houghton of Redmond, Washington; Daniel (Bobbi Jo) Buck of Perry, Utah; Timothy (Tara) Buck of Provo, Utah; Julie Buck of New Orleans, Louisiana; Jennifer Buck of Holladay, Utah; and Michele Buck of Salt Lake City, Utah; plus seven grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

A viewing will be held Monday, August 10 from 6 to 8 PM for friends and neighbors. There will also be a viewing for family on Tuesday, August 11 from 10 to 10:45 AM at the Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 North University Avenue, Provo. The funeral will follow at 11 AM at the mortuary. It will also be available on this website for all those unable to physically attend. Burial in the Provo City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Perpetual Education Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, August 10th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Service

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 11:00am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 12:30pm
    Provo City Cemetery
    610 S State Street
    Provo, Utah 84606
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The Hetzler and Loar families

Posted at 04:05pm
Sending our love and remembering our wonderful sister and auntie, Karin. Truly wish we could be with you at this time. We love you.

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David Kest

Posted at 06:51pm
Cousin Karin was always the best and truest of friends: From our days as toddlers all living together under one roof at Grandpa and Grandma Kest, to merry music making at the Eriksson's, to whirling around the dance floor at BYU, and to the numerous phone calls over the years. And always with a smile and kindness in her voice. She was a treasure and I shall miss her. A line from A.E. Housman gives me comfort: "Good-night, ensured release. Imperishable peace. Have these for yours." My wish for you dear Karin.
Abiding affection, David

Marjorie Clark

Posted at 11:52am
We cherished being with Karin! She had such a loving heart and a steadiness of spirit that made association with her a sweet experience. Her expressions of kindness and thoughtfulness have blessed our family with warm memories. Her home, in her younger years, seemed to always be a refuge for someone who needed a place to stay and her encouragement and love. Our prayers are now for the comfort of her family and sisters, our Eriksson Cousins, who we love and miss.
Brian & Marjorie Card Clark, Samuel, Caroline & Mary

Elizabeth (Beth) Card Hansen

Posted at 10:58am
Karin was a wonderful friend and mentor to me, her younger cousin. I remember many happy interactions with her and her family in the early 80s after she moved to Utah. We shared Christmas traditions with her and her sister Kathy, and our children enjoyed time together as well. Karin was my friend, she had a great sense of humor and she listened and supported our family as we went through some very trying times. The thin I remember about Karin was her positive attitude in difficult situations. My last visit with here in March, just before Covaid-19 closed everything down is a cherished memory. I could see in her countenance she was not well at all. But her disposition was cheery and positive, grateful for the kindness of her sons getting her to her dialysis and sweet neighbors who willingly picked her up. Gratitude and faith in her Savior were the foundation to Karin's way of living. I love her, I am so grateful she is no longer suffering, but she will be missed. Heaven is a happier place, because Karin is home. Sending all my love to her sisters and children at this time. May you feel comfort and peace during this difficult time of parting with your dear sister and mother. Love Beth Card Hansen

Love, Sara Swindle Winsor

Posted at 10:12pm
I love the Buck Family, and I especially loved your mom! I have so many fun memories with your mom, Michele, and the whole family!
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