D.L. Coach Bud Marsee, 86, of Auburn passed away Feb. 5, 2015, at Arbor Springs Health and Rehab after a lengthy illness.
Coach Bud Marsee was born in Mishawaka, Ind., on Aug. 28, 1928, to Ruth Wheeler and Dwight L. Marsee. During his school years in Mishawaka, he played basketball, golf and baseball and graduated from Mishawaka High School in 1946. Following graduation he went to Purdue University, where he lettered in basketball and golf. Due to an accident en route to the NCAA Golf Championship at Stanford University by auto in 1948, he sustained a spinal injury, was paralyzed and was out of school a year and a half rehabbing himself back home.
He transferred to Florida State University, where he could continue his athletic endeavors. He graduated from FSU in 1952. After graduation he worked at The Florida School for Boys in Marianna, teaching and coaching.
He married the former Barbara Ann Fryer Jan. 31, 1953.
From 1953 to 1970 he taught, coached and was the athetic director at South Broward High School, Hollywood, Fla. Auburn All-American Tucker Frederickson played on his high school basketball team.
From 1970 till 1984 he coached golf and taught at Broward Communiy College, where his teams won two National Junior College Championps. In 1984 he re-started the women’s golf program at Auburn University and won an SEC Champtionship in 1989. He became assistant men’s golf coach in 1992 and retired in 1997.
Because he had taught drafting/lettering at the high school level, quality golf tournament scoreboards had become a priority with him in the ’70s. After retirement, he and Barbara continued traveling and doing college golf tournament scoreboards together.
He had a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from FSU and a Master of Education degree from Indiana University, where both his parents had graduated in 1924.
He was a member of Auburn United Methodist Church and the Mishawaka HighSchool Athletic Hall of Fame, Indiana High School Golf Hall of Fame, the NationalJunior College Golf Hall of Fame and Golf Coaches of America Hall of Fame and a member of the Letterman’s Club at Florida State University.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara, his son Richard A. Marsee (Nancy), grandsons Ryan A. Marsee and Jeremy Dickinson, sister-in-law, Betty Sue Veal of Tallahassee, Fa., nieces Pam Kuester (Ed), Peggy Taylor and Natalie Taylor and nephew Josh Taylor.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. at Auburn United Methodist Church Founders Chapel. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is directing with the Pastors George Mathison and Charles Cummings, Chaplain Paul Gregor of Southern Care Hospice and Julie Hare, Congregational Care Minister of Auburn United Methodist Church, officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Auburn University Foundation for the golf program in Coach Bud’s memory.
The family would like to express deep appreciation to the staff of Arbor Springs Health and Rehab and Southern Care Hospice, Drs. David McKenzie, Dr. John
Abrams, Dr. William Meadows, Dr. John Mitchell, Dr. Frazier Jones, Dr. Elbert Lee, Dr. Robert Calcote, Dr. Stephen Locke, Dr. Keith Fuller and Dr. Maldonato and their staffs and the staff of EAMC for the loving care given Coach Bud during his illness.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home & Crematory is directing.