Marion “Bud” Hampton, 65, passed away Nov. 4, 2019, at Banner University Hospital in Tucson of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome/COPD
Bud served three years in the Air Force as a Sergeant in the Vietnam War under the speciality of Electrical Power Production Specialist from March 1973 to June,1976, when he was honorably discharged. Bud was always a patriot to his country and honored all others that had done the same.
He earned an Associate’s Degree. In the position of mechanic, he worked for Magma Copper/BHP Copper from 1976 through 1999, at the end of which he was medically retired.
Bud enjoyed painting, weight lifting, skiing, horseback riding; archery, hiking and many other activities before he became ill. He was a collector of coins, stamps, art, knives, guns, pocket watches, first edition books and baseball memorabilia. He had been a Sunday School teacher
and was involved with church activities. He was a movie buff, an avid reader of any type of book; and, very astute in Civil War, Shakespeare and other history topics, including the Bible. Bud was a Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys fan as well. He also liked the Arizona Wildcats and attended many live games.
He is survived by his stepchildren by a previous marriage, Sarah Sykes and Bruce Thompson; and friends, Carol Hampton, Michele Romero and Don McKimmey.
A Memorial service will be held at the Living Word Chapel, located at 3941 W. Hwy. 77 in Oracle on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m., in remembrance of Marion “Bud” Hampton.