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Allan Laughlin Wiley Obituary

Allan Laughlin
Allan Laughlin "Buck" Wiley

October 31, 1932 - January 31, 2018
Born in Salinas, California
Resided in Salinas, California
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Allan L. “Buck” Wiley of Salinas passed away at the age of 85 on January 31st of natural causes. Buck was born in Salinas, California and grew up on the family farm on the Arroyo Seco Rancho, attending grammar schools in Soledad and Arroyo Seco. He graduated from Gonzales Union High School in 1950, where he served as Student Body President and participated in football, basketball, and track for the Spartans, earning all Central Coast Athletic League honors in football in 1949.

Buck attended his parent’s alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, from 1950-1956, during which he was called to serve for two years as a Corporal in the US Army Infantry. While at Cal, he was a member of the Golden Bear Rugby team and Psi Upsilon fraternity, where he made many lifelong friends. It was also at Cal that he met Nancy L. Roberts, a journalism student from Sacramento and they were married in 1955. In 1956, Buck and Nancy moved to the family ranch, where Buck farmed and raised cattle and sheep for over 25 years. He served as President of the California Wool Growers Association before starting a new career in auto sales at various local Chevrolet dealerships until retiring in 2014 at the age of 82.

Buck was involved in numerous community activities during his life, serving as a director of the Salinas Valley Fair Board, Trinity Episcopal Bishop’s Committee, Trustee of the Board of Gonzales Union High School and member of the Monterey County Grand Jury. He was also a member of Cal’s Big C Society (Varsity Rugby) and the California Alumni Association, enthusiastically attending Cal sports his entire life. Buck expressed his love of sports through organizing, coaching, and funding many local youth sports programs.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents, LW “Jack” & Jean Wiley and his second wife Ann. He is survived by the mother of his children, Nancy L. Wiley of Pleasant Hill, his four sons Steve (Odette), David (Catriona), Kent (Cheri), Keith (Amy), his step-daughter Kim McGinty (Jason), seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and his companion and bridge partner, Sharon Schurman. He is also survived by his sister Moira Atwell and brother Craig Wiley.

Church services will be held on Friday, February 16th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1071 Pajaro Street, Salinas at 10:30 AM. A reception celebrating Buck’s life will follow at the Exhibition Mall at the California Rodeo Grounds, 1034 N. Main St from 1-5.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Awareness Group of Monterey County www.bcagmc.org or the St Paul’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry.

Allan’s arrangements were entrusted to Struve and Laporte Funeral Home of Salinas.




Funeral Service
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1071 Pajaro St.
Salinas, CA US 93901
Friday, February 16, 2018
10:30 AM
Celebration of Life
Salinas Sports Complex Exhibition Mall at the California Rodeo Grounds
1034 N. Main Street
Salinas, CA 93906
Friday, February 16, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM