Lucas Ponte (1976 - 2017)

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Lucas "Luke" Allen Ponte, 40, passed away with family by his side on Feb. 25, 2017, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska.
Luke was born on Aug. 24, 1976, in Anchorage, to Gina and Allen Ponte. He was raised in Wasilla, Alaska, and Virginia City, Nev. He graduated from Virginia City High School in 1994. Luke joined the Marine Corps, in 1997, and proudly served for eight years, leaving with rank of Sergeant, an associate degree and a career in satellite imagery. He was a cancer warrior for 10-plus years, while raising four beautiful children in Illinois and California. He returned to Alaska, with his children, in 2015, to be near family. Luke was a man of faith, love, strength and devotion.
Luke is survived by his children, Trent, stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and Courtney, Megan and Gabriel of Wasilla, Alaska; parents, Gina and Allen Ponte of Wasilla; sister and brother-in-law, Allena and Dan Dills of Reno, Nev.; brother, Joel Ponte and Ashley Palbicki of Reno, Nev.; grandparents, Roseann and Dale Guttierrez of Wasilla; and many aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and friends.
A private memorial service was held on March 3, 2017, at Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Alaska.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2017
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