Bud Krietemeyer passed away peacefully at his home in Elgin on January 5, 2021. He came to Tucson with his parents and older brother from Evansville, Indiana in 1944. Bud served in the U.S. Navy with his brother from 1946 to 1948. He managed LeCave’s Bakery for over 20 years.
Bud is a past president of the Tucson Junior Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure they were responsible for the operation of Old Tucson and the July 4th fireworks display for Tucson at the U of Arizona for a number of years.
Bud was a member, and a past chairman, of the Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee for 55 years. He was also a member, and former board member, of the Tucson Rodeo Committee for over 35 years. Bud also served as a leader in the Boy Scouts and led a number of 50-mile canoeing trips down the Colorado River.
When he and his wife Lois moved to Elgin, he volunteered at the Elgin Club and the Santa Cruz County Fair and Rodeo Association, where he served for years on the Santa Cruz County Fair Committee. Bud was presented with the Santa Cruz County Fair and Rodeo Association President’s Award in 2016 as recognition for his many contributions to the organization. He absolutely loved the outdoors, camping, and fishing.
Bud is survived by his wife of 19 years, Lois, his three children with his previously deceased wife Diane, daughter Kathi Mele (Don); sons Mark and Russell (Brenda) who served on the rodeo and parade committees with him; step-daughters Carol Lopez (Robert) and Stacey Tate (Brent); 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, Bud requested that donations be made to the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum at P.O. Box 1788 Tucson, AZ 85702. A celebration of life at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds will be announced at a later date.