The Marquette City Commission and Wham-O, the maker of the Frisbee, have both honored Marquette as an official Frisbee Sanctuary.
The honors came about because of local efforts to make disc sports into worldwide activities. One of the best-known people involved with those efforts has died.
Buck Buchanan helped create Disc da U.P., the Guts Frisbee championships and Marquette Frisbee Sanctuary Week. He also helped create the expanded Silver Creek disc golf course in Harvey and the Powder Mill course in Marquette, which was where we most recently spoke with him.
“Well, we’ve had this dream for — I’ve had it for 30 years, so when you see your dreams actually happen with your own eyes, it’s really a great feeling,” he said on July 30th, 2013. “The Frisbee Sanctuary started in the 1970s, when it was all the Guts Frisbee tournaments here in Marquette. Our goal is to make Marquette a disc destination, to come and play Guts Frisbee, Ultimate Frisbee, disc golf.”
Buck Buchanan was 62 years old. The social media post that announced his passing said that funeral services will be held for him in both Marquette and the Detroit area soon.