Joe Layton, known as Bud or Buddy to his family and friends, was born to Charlie and Ruby Layton, on January 23, 1933, in a house on what is now Hammell Road, in Eagle Point, Ore. He passed away July 1, 2011, and was laid to rest in the Eagle Point National Cemetery.
Bud started school at Elk Creek, then moved on to schools in Shady Cove, Reese Creek, Eagle Point, and finally, Prospect, Ore. His father was killed when he was 10 years old, and times were tough. He quit school in the seventh grade, and looked for work. He began logging for Charlie Skeeters in 1948, when he was 15.
Bud joined the Navy on April 10, 1950, at age 17. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Duncan, as a gunners mate during the Korean War. He received his GED while in the Navy, and went on to earn a degree from Oregon Technical Institute in 1958.
Bud married Barbara Jackson in 1955, and they had two children, Sid Layton and Lori Striplin. Barbara passed away in 2000.
Buddy loved to work, and he liked to remember the many great people he met through his jobs. He was in the refrigeration business, and was employed by Leonards Electric, Sears, and 3M. He also had an ice business and delivered ice. He soon realized he wanted to be his own boss. He then began logging, which turned out to be his occupational love. Bud's first logging job was hauling logs in a dump truck. There are many stories of this first try in the logging business, and he soon went on to bigger and better things in the industry. Bud was a contract logger for Medco from 1984 to 1996, and he often commented that he liked to work smart and hard, and then have a cold beer.
Fishing and hunting were activities he enjoyed. Bud especially enjoyed his fishing trips to Sitka, Alaska, with Sid. While on one of these trips, Bud caught a trophy ling cod that was put on display in the Sitka airport.
Bud met Judy Smith, his soul-mate, and they had several great years together. Judy was a loving friend and companion by his side until the end. He also enjoyed Judy's children, and his special pal, Jaden.
Bud was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Barbara; and brothers, Charles and Jim. He is survived by children, Sid and Lori; brothers, Bill, of Madras, and Gordon, of Central Point, Ore.; and several nieces and nephews who thought the world of "Uncle Buddy."
Bud touched the lives of many people in a very positive way, he always had time to visit, and he will be missed.