David ‘Buck’ Colin LeVasseur
TROUT CREEK, MI – David Colin LeVasseur, affectionately known as “Buck,” 70, of Bay City, our humorous and most generous father, brother, uncle, and loyal friend was born into eternal life on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at McLaren Bay Region.
Buck was born in Bay City on June 3, 1950, the son of the late Clement Francis and Mary Ann (Brown) LeVasseur. He attended St. Joseph High School, graduating with the Class of 1968. Buck was part of the 1968 Class D State Football Championship, and was proud of the fact when they were inducted into the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. After high school, he went on to attend Delta College, graduating with a degree in broadcasting. Buck put that degree to good use, starting in radio in 1976, and then worked for Gerity Broadcasting, before moving to the U.P., where he worked at TV6 for more than three decades. In 1980, he created the “Discovering” show, which covered all aspects of the people, history, and outdoor activities throughout the Upper Peninsula. This number one rated show brought Buck great joy. Buck was the host, producer, reporter, and videographer for the weekly program, and became an icon throughout the U.P. for his contributions. He loved covering all the U.P. had to offer and was especially proud of his story regarding the Great Moose Lift (relocating moose from Canada to the U.P.).
Although he was not a native “Yooper,” Buck was U.P. through and through, dedicating his life to the storytelling, preservation, history, and outdoor enjoyment of his favorite place on earth, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. One of his many other great accomplishments was when he was awarded the Conservation Communicator Award by the Michigan United Conversation Clubs. Most of all, Buck loved the wonderful and kind people of the U.P. Throughout life, Buck was known for his love of the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and old Cowboy movies. His wonderful stories and larger-than-life personality will live on in the hearts of his family and friends for years to come.
Buck is survived by his son, Colin LeVasseur of Phoenix, AZ and Colin’s mother, Vicki LeVasseur; sisters, Janet (Phil) Timbs, Judy Goik, and Mary Ann (John) Janowicz; sister-in-law, Luana LeVasseur, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to his parents, Buck was preceded in death by his brothers, Tom and Tim LeVasseur.
Buck’s family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 4:00 PM until Buck’s 5:00 PM Memorial Ceremony outdoors at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 821 N. Pine Rd., between Ridge & Center. A Life Celebration Reception will continue outdoors following the ceremony until 8:00 PM.
The entire family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Buck’s St. Joe’s family: Duck, Steve, Jeannie, Pete, Pat, and the rest of the gang, along with the front line heroes of McLaren Bay Region, McLaren Hospice, Bay Special Care, and special friends, Jack Deo and Otis. Memorial contributions may be directed to U.P. Whitetails Association, Inc., P.O. Box 268, Gladstone, MI 49837. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.
“Until next week, this is Buck LeVasseur, saying get out and enjoy the great outdoors!”