Funeral Honors State Lawmaker John Buckner

State officials and community members gathered in Denver Friday to commemorate the life of state Rep. John Buckner. The Aurora Democrat died May 28th after a long battle with a respiratory illness.

“He was able to relate to all different people at all different levels and that's what made his legacy great,” said Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora.

Buckner was the chairman of the House Education Committee and a longtime Cherry Creek School District principal.

Those who paid their respects included Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and retired basketball star Dikembe Mutombo, who called Buckner a father figure.

Buckner leaves behind a wife, four children and three grandchildren.