Luke passed away on February 14th in Colorado after a brief hospital stay. He died resting peacefully, and appreciated that family could be with him at the time of passing. Luke is preceded in death by his wife Jude and his brothers Mark and Paul. He is survived by his brothers Carl and Leroy, and his sisters Darlene and Lisa. He is also survived by his children, Jeff, Pam, John, and Lori. He is also survived by his grandchildren John Luke, Sarah and Katie Weerstra, and Anna and Eliza Burton. Luke and Jude were both born in Ohio and were married over fifty years. They moved from Minster, Ohio to Denver in 1970 as t hey loved the outdoors and Colorful Colorado, even purchasing a weekend ranch with horses, donkeys, and a few farm cats. Luke loved tinkering with the ranch equipment and even raised cattle and harvested hay for market. Luke and Jude were often described as having a zest for life, and many of their friends and family couldn't wait to spend more time with them. Luke had a love for the stock market and business, and even as a teenager could be found in the library researching stocks and making investments. He joined a few partners and founded Mesa Laboratories in 1982, with his young children helping assemble the early products in the garage. In 1984, he realized his dream of taking a company public with an IPO, and MLAB was born. The company quickly grew, and Luke loved searching for other great companies to acquire and improve under the Mesa umbrella. He was CEO of Mesa through 2009, when he retired from day-to-day business activities. He remained on the board through 2014, and his son John is still a member of the board today. The company has flourished, now having 450 employees and an impressive financial growth history.
Due to restrictions on gatherings during the Coronavirus pandemic, a small family mass will be said. A memorial service will be planned at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted at two charities that Luke admired, Seeds of Hope in Denver and St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House in Cincinnati.
Published in Colorado Community Media on Feb. 26, 2021.