Jeffrey Paul Lucas died October 22, 2013 at Penrose St. Frances Health Services in the Intensive Care Unit. |
Jeff was battling Stage Four Kidney Cancer; he was diagnosed in July of 2012 and was only given one year to live. In that year he went through various treatments for the cancer and eventually surpassed the time limit on his life.
He was born on April 18th, 1956 in Parkersburg, West Virginia to Ken and Helen Lucas who survive in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
He is survived by his wife Dawn and his three daughters Amanda Lucas of Aurora, Colorado; Eryn Thompson and husband Mike Thompson of Greeley, Colorado and Katrina Lucas of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also survived by his sister Cathy Paul and her husband Scott Paul of Charlotte, North Carolina and his brother Rob Lucas, and his fiancée Amy and Jeff's niece Anne of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1974, and then went on to graduate from West Virginia University in 1978. After graduating, he started working at the United States Air Force and retired as a Capitan. During the time in the Air Force he worked at Strategic Air Command as a Missile Launch Officer from Nov 1978 to Nov 1983. Once leaving he started his job at Air Force Space Command working as a Federal Civilian Employee as an Operations and Test Specialist.
In his personal life Jeffery married the love of his life Dawn Schwartz on May 14th 1983. Jeff and Dawn started their life together and soon then had three daughters Amanda, Eryn and Katrina.
While growing up Jeffery took an interest in Science Fiction. This interest covered a wide range of subjects including comic books, Science Fiction/Fantasy books and movies. Later in life his hobbies and interests started to include family genealogy, finding pictures and stories and sharing it with the newer generations. Jeff was actively involved in the Atheists/Humanist groups in the areas he lived in; for many years being the Treasurer of the Internet Infidels.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs. You can send a check to P O Box 62946, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80962-2946.
There will be an open house held in Jeffrey's honor on Saturday the 26th of October from 1pm to 5pm at his family's home at 1721 Russell Cir. Colorado Springs, Colorado 80915. Alcohol and finger food in disposable containers will be welcomed.
Let's celebrate his life and his passions and have his legacy go on in the strength of the things he loved.
Published in The Gazette on Oct. 25, 2013