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Wife of West Nile virus victim talks about her beloved cowboy

Reported by: Jim Snyder
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Updated: 5/01 8:52 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- News 3 has exclusive new information tonight about the first person to die from West Nile virus in Clark County this year.

His name is Keith Buck and he is father-in-law of former North Las Vegas mayor Shari Buck.

Keith Buck was 77-year-old and suffered from Parkinson’s which left him weakened and not able to fight off the effects of West Nile.

He was a leader and loved people and loved to help people and did, president of our class, everyone really liked him.

Sharon buck was married to Keith for 23 years and it's an amazing love story.

They met in junior high school in Idaho and lost touch for 30 plus years and then found each other again by coincidence here in Las Vegas.

Sharon's daughter in law, former North Las Vegas mayor Shari Buck calls it love at second sight.

Keith was a tough guy, a carpet layer by trade and a cowboy back home at his ranch until Parkinson’s began to slowly take his strength.

Sharon saw the news accounts of the spread of West Nile virus in the valley and how county vector control crews were working to keep the mosquito population down.

But they didn't live in the zip code where infected mosquitoes had been reported.
They live just north and west of that area near Flamingo and Eastern.

“I'd heard how deadly it was, but I didn't think there was much cause in this area because there weren't that many who had gotten it,” Buck said.

Because of his condition, Keith didn't spend much time outside. The family can only remember a couple of brief excursions lately.

But about a week ago, he took a turn for the worse. He coughed through the night, and his temperature shot up to 105 degrees.

“It took all day in emergency on a cold sheet, ice sheet and cold pockets to get it down,” she said.

Keith passed on Tuesday morning and Sharon got the call from the health district.
“ I was in shock, we had no idea and she said yes, that's true,” she said. “We've tested and he shows West Nile virus.”

In the middle of planning his funeral, she took time to talk with News 3’s Jim Snyder in the hope of helping others protect their family.

“I felt that if there's anything I can do to help people be more aware of what is happening in our area, to do something about helping themselves not get it, sprays and things you can use to prevent it.

And she says, there's no doubt this is the way her caring cowboy would have wanted it.

“He would want to do anything he could to help them in any way he could to avoid this, he would not want them to be ignorant of the fact that they can do things to prevent this from happening to them,” Buck said.


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