Idaho Falls Citizen Journalism

SALMON — There are figures in every small community that represent many of its virtues and all of its citizenship.

Charles “Buzz” Wing, of Salmon, was such a man and his unexpected death this month, at age 55, has left a gap larger than the Idaho mountain town where he was born and which he called home.

Buzz was a son, brother, husband and father and he was more than that. A 29-year veteran of the Salmon Volunteer Fire Department, Buzz married his second wife, Luann “Boo” Robie, in Montpelier in 2000 while the pair was attending fire school.

On Nov. 1, the day Buzz died, he would have marked his 29th anniversary working at the Lemhi County Road Department, where he recently had been promoted to assistant supervisor.

The fire department and its dozens of members was a kind of family affair for Buzz. He served as assistant chief under his brother-in-law, Fire Chief Mike Warner, and one of Buzz’s four children with his former wife – Sherri Lyon – also serves on the firefighting force.

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