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Sometimes A Glance Is All We Need

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Sometimes A Glance Is All We Need

Africam - a large family of people from many countries, languages, and beliefs. This often presents a challenge when a writer sits with a pen and a thought, debating how a story should be shared. I find myself in just that dilemma as I wander through the archives of Africam, scanning the names of the dedicated folks that took the time to record, edit, and submit many of the touching and amazing moments from the cams. Some of these folks have come and gone, others have become a part of Africam. They are people we expect to always be here when we settle in for a visit.

This past month, we lost a dear and treasured member of our Africam family, Mr. Morris Butts, known to us as Sassabuck. He was “A true southwestern gentleman”, said a friend when remembering his quiet and honorable ways. Its funny how we can know someone without ever looking in their eyes.  I see his nickname all over Africam as I move from page to page, searching for something to add to my writing. It doesn't take me long to realize there is no need to search. Sassabuck was like the wall of a great building, standing straight and tall, never demanding attention or admiration, yet we knew he was  there. While with Africam, he made and submitted for our viewing pleasure over 440 videos. Truly a piece of his heart was and will remain in the core of Africam.

As I look at the videos, my mind drifts to the other side of life that Morris lived.  He was a son, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a great grandfather. He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, an American Football team. He and his wife ran a Trading Post in the Four Corners area of New Mexico, an area where the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico come together. A part of the land with  deep American Indian history.

While the family of Mr. Morris Butts, our dear Sassabuck, will mourn and then settle in with their fond memories and grateful thoughts, we at Africam are blessed to also have his touch remain with us. A small part of his life, the videos, and  the photographs left for us to view again and again help us to appreciate not only the wonders of South Africa, but the wonders of a man that we should consider ourselves very lucky to have known. Yes, its funny how we can get a glance of a mans heart without ever looking in his eyes. We'll miss you Sassabuck, and we thank you for letting us be a part of your life.

One of my personal favorites....

You'll find all the videos our Sassabuck made for us here -

Penny2's picture

Morris was a special man and

Morris was a special man and is still missed very much.  You, his family,  are all in my thoughts.

donnabac's picture

Please know that we hold

Please know that we hold Morris, and you, in our hearts.


sassabuck's picture

The family of your friend

The family of your friend Sassabuck wants to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  This post is so thoughtful. The time you put into it is very much appreciated and your kind words mean so much.  What a wonderful gift to share with our family during this difficult time.  God bless you, Ranger Tales!

Jon Horley's picture

May I add my condolences to

May I add my condolences to the friends and family of Sassabuck, Mr Morris Butts, on his passing.  It was lovely to read Ranger Tales of his life, which sounded delightful.  He always seemed most charming and added greatly to the enjoyment of Africam with his videos and photographs.  Thank you, Sassabuck, and God bless.



GrandmaChris's picture

Thanks to everyone concerned

Thanks to everyone concerned with the tribute to 'our' Sassabuck - he was always the first name we would call upon if we had missed a good siting.  He had a good long life and condolences are sent to his family

MaddieJ4J's picture

Well said.  I'm one of many

Well said.  I'm one of many who appreciated his passion and contributions, and one of many who miss sharing this little piece of our lives with him. 


If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours! Live simply. Love seriously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God .

Tourneyman1's picture

Thanks for the beautiful

Thanks for the beautiful memorial piece to our Africam friend Morris.  The link to all his Africam videos can be found HERE.  For his videos he posted on You Tube that can be found at THIS Link He will certainly be missed.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.... especially when the cams go down.

donnabac's picture

A very nice tribute to a

A very nice tribute to a very nice man.


Lprdmom's picture

What a wonderful

What a wonderful memorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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