iCare Community Magazine
An Exclusive Interview with Matthew P. Buxton, Owner of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
Matthew P. Buxton, the owner of Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, has been a resident of Okeechobee for over forty years now. He is involved in many organizations and projects throughout the community around the lake including the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge #237, Hospice of Okeechobee Board of Directors, Okeechobee Planning and Zoning Board, the minimal regatta, and the
Independence Day Celebration, to name a few. Aside from work and community involvement, Matt enjoys being active outdoors paddle boarding, trips on his motorcycle and working the property that he and his girlfriend Antoinette have together.
Paul and Marilyn Buxton came to Okeechobee in August of 1980 and opened the Buxton Funeral Home. Together they raised four children and grew a successful business. In 1996 Matt joined his dad as a licensed funeral director and worked side by side serving the lake area in many ways. During their time together, Matt and Paul expanded the business to offer more personalization for funerals, monuments and digging graves with setups in order to keep more services in house. Through many ups and downs over the years, in 2013, the merging of the Buxton Funeral Home and the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home came to fruition bringing the best of both worlds together for the common good. Since bringing the businesses together, Matt has grown a close relationship with the AP Laser company owned by Tong Li and his family which has turned into the funeral home being able to engrave various urns, portraits, monuments, and a sundry of things for community involvement.
The funeral home now employs about a dozen local people who come together and serve this community in many ways. Matt said that he is thankful every day for the amazing group of dedicated people he has the privilege of working with. As Matt grew up working with his dad Paul, Matt now has the joy of seeing his oldest daughter Morgan go through mortuary school, working on acquiring her license to be a funeral director ultimately giving the opportunity for Matt to now work with his child. “It’s nice to know the legacy of my dad continues through Morgan and myself,” said Matt.
This year brings on a new set of change and adaptation for Matt and his staff. This month brings the fifth anniversary of the death of Matt’s dad Paul and his mom Marilyn has begun her deserved retirement, so with some new staff to fill those big shoes we continue to strive to keep the level of service moving forward with the legacy they leave.
Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory is a family owned and operated funeral home that caters to all faiths, creeds, and nationalities. The funeral home hosts two spacious chapels that can hold the largest of gatherings to the smallest intimate group. Some of the services offered are: traditional services for both burial or cremation, memorial/celebration of life services, Veteran services, video tributes, custom laser engraving, monuments, full cemetery care, and a full line of planning and pre-arrangement options.
400 North Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972