Obituary: John Buxman, Aug. 13, 1930 – Oct. 6, 2019
John Buxman was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in 1930. Surviving as the 11th out of 12 children born to immigrant parents during the Dust Bowl, he went on to build the type of life that seemed unlikely given his meager beginnings.
John moved his family from Denver to Minturn, Colorado, in 1966 when the opportunity to own his own grocery store merged with his family’s love of skiing. Over time John went on to open grocery stores in Vail, Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Edwards, Telluride, and Moab, Utah.
The Village Markets have become synonymous with locals serving locals, and John always took great pride in becoming part of the communities his businesses served. His retailing expertise earned him recognition throughout the industry for his strength of character, mental fortitude, and steadfast determination. We all thank him for his service in the Marine Corps. Semper Fi.
According to John, “I live my life the way I play golf, down the middle.” John will be greatly missed by his family: wife Patty Buxman, his children Mary Flast, Chris Fox, John Buxman Jr., as well as three grandchildren.
There will be a Rosary and Mass at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at St. Stephens Church in Glenwood Springs as well as a celebration of life at the Aspen Glen Golf Course Clubhouse in Carbondale on Saturday, October 12, from noon to 4 p.m.
Shopping at the Thrifty Shop is partly pure commerce, partly treasure hunt and partly philanthropic endeavor.