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JAMES BUCHANAN II James "Bucky" Buchanan II, 74, of Las Vegas, passed away the evening of Nov. 7, 2009. He was born May 28, 1935, in Pittsburgh, and resided and practiced law in Las Vegas for over 40 years. Bucky passed the Nevada Bar in 1965, worked as a prosecutor for five years and opened his own law firm in 1970. He represented many people in all facets of law. He was the star in his own reality TV series "Las Vegas Law," and was always ready to "lock and load." Bucky was also an avid big game hunter and a huge part of the Safari Club. Bucky was production manager and legal counsel for the TV series "Buckaroo 500" which starred Buck Weaver and Bucky's twin daughters, Christy and Misty, from 1965 to 1972. Bucky served on the UNLV Board of Regents for two terms and was honored with the dedication of the Buchanan Natatorium made June 12, 1981. Bucky was also a huge fan and longtime supporter of UNLV athletics, contributing annually to their athletic and scholarship programs. Bucky graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958, with an engineering degree and was sent to the Nevada Test Site to analyze the destruction factor on the atomic bomb. Knowing this would never be enough to raise a family and having friends who were attorneys, he decided to go to law school, graduating from SMU in 1965. Bucky was the "preacher" in Smokey and the Bandit II and still receives royalties for its running. Bucky never missed a day at the courthouse and, although he was always late, he was running on Bucky time. Bucky is survived by his wife, Gianna Orlandi; sister, Ann Glunt of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Griff Reid of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Joseph Wykes of Marblehead, Mass.; sons, JJ Buchanan at The Coachman's Inn, and Jack Buchanan, Esq.; granddaughters, Ashley and Genevieve; grandsons, Johnny B. and Jack; and his dog, Court. There aren't enough words to put on paper to thoroughly describe what a great man Bucky was. As they say in the Navy, we all wish Bucky, "fair winds and following seas." Bucky will be sadly missed at the office, courthouse, restaurant and all around town. The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and kindness. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St., downtown. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts, in memory of Bucky Buchanan, may be given to the UNLV Foundation for the Academic Scholarship Fund. Checks may be issued to the UNLV Foundation and sent to: UNLV Foundation, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451006, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1006. Donors should note that the gift is "in memory of Bucky Buchanan," either in the memo line or in a note accompanying the donation. Gifts can also be made online at http://foundation.unlv.edu/give.html . Select the link for "Scholarships." Under "Designation," select "Academic Scholarship Fund for all Students" from the drop down menu. Bucky's name should be entered at the bottom of the screen under "Tribute Information."
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