Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Buckner Papers

Collection Summary

Creator D.U. “Buck” Buckner
Title Buckner Papers
Dates: 1937 - 2015
Abstract: D.U. "Buck" Buckner donated his memoirs and personal papers to South Texas Archives to document his family history. He spent his childhood years in Pharr, Texas. Buckner was an alumnus of Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville.) He worked as a Real Estate Appraiser and Consultant. His papers and writings tell the story of his family in the Rio Grande Valley in the middle and late years of the twentieth century.
Identification A2015-019
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Buckner%20EAD
Quantity: 1 linear feet
Location: G-4-5 Boxes 1&2
Language: English

Historical Note

D.U. Buckner was born July 1, 1937 in McAllen, Texas. His parents were Joyce Olive Buckner and Dellos Urban Buckner. The family lived in Pharr, Texas and D.U. or "Buck" attended grade school at Carnahan School. He attended the Pharr, San Juan, Alamo High School and was remembered by his laugh. Buck played basketball and tennis, graduating in 1955. Attending four different universities, Buckner attended Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M University-Kingsville) in Kingsville, enrolled in the army for a while, returned later to Texas A&I and graduated with a B.A. in History and Geography in 1961. Buckner moved to Pomona, California to live with his Aunt Lucille and Uncle Herman. He found employment with Home Savings and Loan Association, Lakewood, California working as a teller. He later moved to the loan department which would later lead him into the real estate appraisal profession. He took up bowling with a financial bowling league where he encountered his wife-to-be. Buckner married Janet Mason Buckner in 1965. In 1967 their first child, Mark Kenric was born and the family moved to McAllen, Texas. Buckner started working for Jefferson Savings and Loan Association. Realizing there was a need for a professional independent appraiser in the Rio Grande Valley Buckner opened his first office in his home. In 1969 their second child, Joyce Delyn was born. The Buckner Company would grow to the largest real estate appraisal firm south of San Antonio, with offices in McAllen, Brownsville, Harlingen South Padre island, and Laredo, Texas. Buckner obtained the highest professional designation in the real estate appraisal profession; the MAI Designation, standing for "Member, Appraisal Institute" on November 13, 1972. The family moved to Brownsville in 1973, Buckner built a large home, eventually sold the Buckner Business and began to invest in real estate ventures. The third child born was Brian Mason in 1974. Janet and Buck divorced in 1991. Buck purchased a 208 acre ranch twenty miles north of Edinburg, Texas in 1994, selling it two years later. Buckner embraced the Christian faith and describes himself as a Christian, golfer, sportsman, and businessman.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of four volumes of "Buck" Buckner's writings including his memoirs, a book he wrote, "The Last Crime," a screenplay for the book, and a volume titled, "Bits and Pieces." Two other items are papers he authored on market studies of the Rio Grande Valley.


The materials are organized as six volumes.

Index Terms

Buckner, D.U. "Buck", 1937-
Buckner, Janet Mason
Buckner, Mark Kenric, 1967-
Buckner, Joyce Delyn, 1969-
Buckner, Brian Mason, 1973-
Buckner, Joyce Olive
Buckner, Dellos Urban,
Texas A&I University
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
University of Southern California
Graduate U.S. Army School of Finance
Home Savings and Loan Association, Beverly Hills, (Cal.)
Lytton Financial Corporation
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Buckner Company
The Appraisal Institute (MAI)
National Association of Realtors
Florida State Association of Realtors
National Rifle Association of America
Geographical Names
Rio Grande Valley (Tex.)
Hidalgo County (Tex.)
Cameron County (Tex.)
Real estate developers
Real estate appraisers