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Roland Frank 'Bud' Lee passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Roland Frank "Bud" LeeRoland Frank "Bud" Lee, 90 years old, a longtime resident of Prineville, Oregon, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on June 30, 2019.

There will be a service on Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. at the Prineville Presbyterian Church.

Bud was born in Pendleton, Oregon, on Dec. 23, 1928, son of the late Guy and Bessie (Morrison) Lee. He graduated in 1946 from Sheridan High School in Sheridan, Oregon, where his dad was the associate principal and his science teacher. Upon graduation, Bud joined the U.S. Army and served in Japan during the post-war occupation in the military police and trained as a paratrooper.

Following his service, he enrolled at Oregon State University on the G.I. Bill and he studied forestry and met and married Patricia Sheets, his wife of 67 years. Immediately after graduation, Bud began his career as a forester with the Bureau of Land Management in Salem, Oregon. He regularly served as a firefighter during fire season.

While in Salem, Bud and Pat had three daughters and enjoyed many outdoor activities with their friends and co-workers in the BLM, forming a group called Uniteers. This group of families gathered together every summer after many were transferred around the country with the Bureau.

The family was transferred to Prineville, Oregon, for a short time in the early 1960s and Bud and Pat quickly became enamored with Prineville's friendly and welcoming culture, not to mention the beautiful countryside.

Transferred to Billings, Montana, Bud spent another 20 years with the BLM, overseeing the sale and leasing of federal lands and minerals as Chief of the Branch of Lands and Minerals.

Bud and Pat retired in 1985, returned to Prineville and built their dream home on a hill off Gerke Road, which had amazing views of the Cascades. Bud and Pat enjoyed traveling the U.S. in their fifth-wheel trailer, circling the country several times. They joined a group of their Prineville friends and traveled through Europe and Asia.

Bud enjoyed fishing, woodworking, reading, golfing and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of Prineville Presbyterian Church, Kiwanis, and Prineville Athletic Club.

Bud is survived by his wife, Pat; sister, Donna MacDonald (Bill); daughter, Catherine Achenbach (Lary); daughters, Lora Whearty (Bruce) and Janice Hinze (Lee); eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Bessie Lee, and his brother, Allen Lee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the following organizations: Prineville Presbyterian Church, Kiwanis Club of Prineville and Crook County Historical Society.

Special thanks to Partners in Care Hospice.

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