age 25, passed away on April 20, 2021 in Austin, Texas. He was born on August 23, 1995 and has brought joy to his family since that day.
He is survived by his parents Don and Carol Grandjean; his sister and brother-in-law, Alison and Ryan Mirabedini; grandmothers, Velda Grandjean and Shirley (Fred) Merchant; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Ron Grandjean and Frank DeMarco. Luke played football, basketball, and lacrosse for the Hoover Vikings. He was selected by his peers to be a captain for his football and lacrosse teams. In football he was all-state as a defensive back his junior year, all-state as a quarterback his senior year, and went on to play wide-receiver at Kent State on a full scholarship; few players have accomplished this level of success at three different positions. This may be why he was chosen to be part of the Canton Repository "All-Decade" team as an 'athlete', for which he was beyond proud. While at Kent State he was a letterman and Academic All-American. He opted out of a fifth red-shirt year of football to become an intern at WHBC radio on the "Kenny and JT show", during which time he covered high school football on social media, which he loved. This internship finalized his Bachelor's degree in Sports Administration with a Business minor.
For those who had not had recent contact with Luke, or did not know him at all, here is a snapshot of how his current life was going. Following his graduation from Kent State, he got a job working for Barton and Associates in Austin, Texas. After a year there he landed his dream job working for the Net Suites division of Oracle. He absolutely loved both his job and his boss and co-workers, who quickly became great friends. He was working very hard and had reached the pinnacle in sales, achieving #1 status of his entire division. He was preparing for an upcoming promotion, about which he was very excited. He had a beautiful apartment overlooking downtown Austin; he loved the city life. He loved his Boston Terrier puppy Franklin; riding through Austin on his new electric bike; hanging out with his sister Ali, brother-in-law Ryan, and fur-niece Tala (who lived just up the road in Texas); and spending time with a multitude of friends. His family was blessed that he was home with them recently due to being able to work from home. He was incredibly excited for what the future held and talked daily of all his hopes and dreams, which he was just beginning to make a reality. We can't imagine the future without him in it.
A private funeral service and interment were held in Texas. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 15th., from 2 to 6 pm at the Sable Creek Golf Course in Hartville, Ohio. Anyone who would like to raise a toast and share fond memories of Luke's life is welcome to attend. Luke was an amazing son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, teammate, co-worker, and friend. He will be missed forever.
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Published by The Repository on Apr. 25, 2021.