Passing of Gary “Buzz” Buzzini

Chief Gary “Buzz” Buzzini passed away November 15, 2017. Gary was born on July 4th 1942 in Gilroy, California.

Gary began his career with CDF in the summer of 1960. Gary would leave CDF for a short time to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington State where he would earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Washington. In 1966 Gary returned permanently to CDF. Highlights of this 30+ year career would include assignments in Lake Napa Unit as an FAE, FC & BC, Mendocino Unit as a BC, Butte Unit as a DC, Shasta Unit as the Unit Chief, Northern Region II as the Region Chief before returning to the Sonoma Lake Napa to retire in 1997 as the Unit Chief.

Gary loved the outdoors, depending on the season you would be hard pressed to find him at home as he was either; hunting, fishing, skiing, bike riding or simply enjoying an extended hike.

Gary’s true love was spending time with his wife Linda, traveling both here and abroad.

The Ol’ Ranger (as was his favorite self-reference), is survived by his wife Linda, son, daughter, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be planned for Spring of 2018, more details to follow.


The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Yosemite Conservancy.

Donating can be done online at  Conservancy staff is also available to answer your questions.  Call 415-434-1782 or email at

Donations to Yosemite Conservancy are tax-deductible.  Yosemite Conservancy’s Tax ID is 94-3058041.

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