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Jerry Buss

  • Original Name Gerald Hatten
  • Birth 27 Jan 1933 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
  • Death 18 Feb 2013 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Court of Liberty section, Gardens of Heritage division, Map #H29, Distinguished Memorial – Private Garden 386 (aka the Little Garden of Radiant Memories)
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  • Memorial ID 105413156

Hall of Fame Sports Team Owner. From 1979 until his death, he was the proprietor of the Los Angeles Lakers. Born in the midst of the "Great Depression", he toiled at many jobs among them ditch digger and railroad worker. Influenced by his high school chemistry teacher, Buss would strive to earn a scholarship and attended the University of Wyoming. He later attained a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Southern California. He ventured into the real estate industry in 1959 and proceeded to amass his wealth over the course of the next two decades. In 1979, Buss purchased the Los Angeles Lakers franchise from sports magnate Jack Kent Cooke. During the course of his tenure the team totaled ten NBA Titles (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010). Among the star players during that period include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin ‘Magic' Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Bio by: C.S.





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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 18 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 105413156
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jerry Buss (27 Jan 1933–18 Feb 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 105413156, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .