John Francis Bukovi, Jr.
John Francis Bukovi, Jr. was born to Helen J. and John F. Bukovi, Sr. in Portland on June 27, 1934, and died March 1, 2021, in Vancouver, Washington.
John attended St. Patricks' Catholic School in NW Portland. His parents moved to Scappoose in 1942 where he was raised, graduated from St. Frederic's Catholic Grade School in St. Helens and Scappoose High School in 1952. He graduated from University of Portland in 1958 with a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics.
Early in his career he had a one-year position with the District Court of Oregon, followed by a 37.5-year banking career, working in the states of Oregon, Utah, Montana and lastly in the Vancouver area. He became Assistant VP of First Independent Bank and retired from the City of Vancouver Employees Federal Credit Union.
In 2000 he married Donna Carlsen and had a blended family of five adult children and seven grandchildren. John and Donna enjoyed many years of traveling to Nascar events and car shows across the Pacific NW with their many car club friends.
John never forgot his roots, staying in contact with many of his classmates from Scappoose and the U of P as well as relatives in Texas. He loved classic cars, sports and the outdoors; having enjoyed years of clamming near his beach home in Ocean Park Washington; as well as fishing and hunting.
He was a Lifetime member of the Elks (54 years); Charter member of the Ocean Park Moose #2362; Member of Ocean Park Eagles; Past President of Clark County Credit Assoc.; Past Treasurer of the Hazel Dell Business Assoc.; First Wa. State Man of Motion Award presented for educating high school students on the wise use of credit; member of Ducks Unlimited, three years as Washington State Treasurer.
He and Donna were both named Honorary Hall of Fame inductees to the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and served on their Board; a 26-year member of Rose City Classics Car Club. And… he was always proud to say that he had never missed a Beach Barons Rod Run in 37 years!
Predeceased by his parents; brothers, Robert F., Dennis F. and David C.; daughters, Alexandria Helene Uskoski and Anne Marie DuPont; and stepson, James Carlsen.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Donna; son, John IV; sister, Kathy Hauck (Bill); son-in-law, Michael Uskoski; stepdaughter, Sharon Jean Louis (Lionel); seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
We will always cherish our memories of him as he was a great storyteller. He was a man who never forgot a persons' name nor stories from his youth.
Per Johns' wishes, there will be a celebration of his life when we are all able to gather safely together post-pandemic and say 'Well hey, He did it his way'….