David “Buck” LeVasseur

WLUC-TV (Marquette) reports that Buck LeVasseur, longtime station employee and creator/host of the show Discovering passed away July 28 at age 70.

LeVasseur was with WLUC-TV for more than three decades, starting in the news department in 1976.  In 1980, Discovering was created and he was the host, producer, reporter and videographer for the weekly program, which covered all aspects of the people, history and outdoor activities throughout the Upper Peninsula.

Although he was not a native “Yooper,” LeVasseur 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 Club.

LeVasseur passed away in hospice in his hometown of Bay City, surrounded by family.  He 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.  Read his full obituary here.

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