MARQUETTE- "When a ball dreams, it dreams of being a Frisbee."
That was a favorite saying of Craig 'Buck' Scott Buchanan, a man who some say was the forefather of disc golf in Marquette County.
Buchanan died peacefully at his home June 2, according to his June 8 obituary printed in The Mining Journal.
Family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of the late Craig 'Buck' Buchanan Saturday afternoon at the Powder Mill disc golf course in Marquette. Shirts, photos, and other commemoritave items were placed around the entrance of the course for people to look at and remember him by. (Journal photo by Elizabeth Bailey)
A memorial for Buchanan was held outside the entrance to the Powder Mill disc golf course Saturday afternoon.
Pictures and clips of his accomplishments were laid out for people to look at, along with his disc collection.
According to Buchanan's family, the laid-back gathering was exactly what Buchanan would have wanted.
"We're happy to be here to celebrate him the way he would have wanted," said Valerie Klemmer, Buchanan's niece.
The ceremony brought together a hodge podge of people, old and young, to celebrate the life of Buchanan, who helped create the Powder Mill disc golf course and who also remained active in the disc golf community until his death.
"None of this would be here if it weren't for him," said Nate Frischkorn, a friend and avid disc golfer. According to Frischkorn, Buchanan would be out at the course every day.
"He always had a smile, especially if you were having a bad day," Frischkorn said.
It was Buchanan's passion for the sport and determination that made such a impact on the disc community.
"If everyone took an ounce of who he was and put that back into the world, it would be a better place," said Lindsay Klemmer, Buchanan's niece.
Elizabeth Bailey can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is email@example.com.