Marc Buckhout (12/08/77 - 8/02/14)
Born in Toledo, Ohio, the first son of Karen and Brad Buckhout, Marc was followed 21 months later by his brother and closest friend, Kirk. The family moved west to enjoy the many outdoor opportunities of Arizona in 1982. Marc attended Moon Valley High School and played on the basketball team all four years. He was an intense competitor and received the Rocket Award by the school for dedication, hustle and hard work, which was later renamed the "Buckhout Award" in his honor. Marc attended Northern Arizona University, choosing a curriculum that allowed for graduation in three years. His major in Journalism led to his career in writing, editing and as a photographer for West Valley newspapers before serving as managing editor of the Foothills Focus in Anthem from 2007-2013. In July 2013, he became a communications specialist for the Anthem Community Council, where he continued to serve a community he loved. Marc took great pride in his work as a communicator, giving life to stories of student athletes and members of the Anthem community. His photography captured the joy of sport, the magnificence of Arizona and the humanity of its people.
Marc completed his first Rim-to-Rim hike of the Grand Canyon with his father and brother during high school, and upon graduation the three rafted the Colorado River. In 2000, Marc and his father began a multi-year trek of the Arizona Trail. Marc was the 29th hiker to complete this challenge and was part of the only father-son team to have done so to date. Marc told his mother that the Canyon was his favorite place on Earth; his life ended much too soon in the place that he cherished.
In a Journalism class at NAU in 1997, Marc was required to write his obituary, where he stated in lieu of flowers, his wishes were for donations to be made to the Nature Conservancy or The Boys and Girls Club of Arizona. A Celebration of Life and visitation will be held at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 W. Anthem Way on Saturday, August 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.