Gov. Little comments on passing of Dean Buffington

Tuesday December 22, 2020

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little expressed sadness today over the death of Dean Buffington, who passed away Monday night due to complications related to COVID-19.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend, Dean Buffington. He was a wonderful person, great philanthropist, and a genuine family man. Dean’s extensive involvement in community organizations made him an admired figure across Idaho. Dean and I served on the Endowment Fund Investment Board together, and he graciously served as board chairman for 17 years. Under his guidance, the Endowment Fund grew immensely, something that will benefit Idaho’s schoolchildren for years to come. Dean’s legacy is marked by his generosity and strong character, and his contributions to our state made huge impacts that will last a long time. He will be greatly missed by so many Idahoans. Teresa and I send our love and prayers to Dean’s family,” Governor Little said.

Buffington, from Nampa, had been a member of the Endowment Fund Investment Board since 2001 and chairman since 2003. He spent 22 years as a founding partner of Boise-based investment advisory firm Buffington Mohr McNeal. He also served as Executive Vice President of First Security Bank of Idaho and held positions with the American Bankers Association, Idaho Bankers Association, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Associated Taxpayers of Idaho, and others. Buffington held bachelor’s degrees from the College of Idaho and law degree from Willamette University. He also attended the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.

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