2013-05-02 / Obituaries

Michael Albert Buchan

April 1, 1920 – April 23, 2013

Michael Albert Buchan, 93, passed away on April 23, 2013. He was born on April 1, 1920 to Frederick Emil Buchan and Emelia Reinke Buchan in Galveston. In 1929, Michael began selling newspapers to 80 or more subscribers.

As a teenager, he taught first aid and water safety for the American Red Cross. He graduated from high school in 1938 and became a patternmaker at the Todd Shipyards in Galveston. In 1942, after three military deferments, he joined the Seabees as a 2nd Class Carpenters Mate. He was assigned to the USS Atlas, a landing craft repair ship, and participated in the D-Day landing on Utah Beach in Normandy France. He left the Navy in 1945.

In 1950, Michael earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Ceramic Engineering from the Univeristy of Texas in Austin, and worked for 26 years for the A.P. Green Fire Brick Company as a Research Engineer.

In 1950, he married Theresa Elizabeth Krenek of Dime Box, whom he met while a student at UT. In 1976, they moved to Dime Box, built a home and raised cattle and dairy goats.

Michael was a loyal and decorated Mason, having joined the organization in 1942. He was an active member of the Lexington Masonic Lodge, and was a Past Master and Endowed Member of the Lexington Lodge. He was also a Life Member of the St. Albans Lodge in College Station, and Honorary Member of New Century Lodge in London, England. He was also a member of the Texas Lodge of Research. It has been noted that he was a 70-year member of the Masonic Lodge!

Michael loved to work with wood. He made a number of wooden decorative pieces, including 192 gavels that he gave away, mostly to Masonic Lodges throughout Texas.

Michael’s earthly remains have been willed to the Medical Branch of the University of Texas and his remains will be scattered on the Tidal Sands of the Gulf of Mexico. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 9, at the Lexington Masonic Lodge, at 2 p.m.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa; a daughter, Inez Elizabeth Buchan, and a granddaughter, Allison Buchan Jaress of Brisbane, Australia; and a son, Patton Shafer Buchan and daughter-in-law, Sue Marie Grosz of Seattle, Washington.

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