Obituary announcement Dateline: Bankston
David Joseph Lucas, 27, of Bankston, left this world Wednesday, October 9, 2013. He fought hard, but we lost him to a tragic battle with depression.
A funeral mass will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 14, at St. Clement’s Catholic Church in Bankston. Burial will be in St. Clement’s Cemetery in Bankston. Friends are invited to participate in a prayer service at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 13, at St. Clement’s Catholic Church with reflection and sharing to follow at the parish hall. Friends and family may call 9:30 a.m. until time of service Monday morning at the church. The Reiff Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
David was born on February 21, 1986, in Dubuque, son of Ron and Val Lucas. He graduated from Western Dubuque High School in 2004 and from the University of Iowa in 2009. He taught for two years at West Branch High School in Iowa and two years at Colegio Bolivar in Cali, Colombia. David had recently begun to pursue a graduate degree in public policy at the University of Minnesota. David engaged everyone with his vibrant personality. He loved to make people laugh and brightened every gathering he graced. He embraced challenges and continually strived for excellence. He was fascinated with history and government and enjoyed a spirited debate. His favorite pastimes included playing sports, telling stories, and winning board games. He loved his family and friends deeply, and was adored by all.
Surviving are as follows: his parents, Ron and Val of Bankston, two brothers and two sisters: Ben of Miami, Fl, Josh and Megan Lucas with children Madeline and Savannah of Peosta, Anna and Carlos Marin of Chicago, Leah of Grinnell, two loving grandmothers, Marion Greenwood of Dubuque, and Shirley McCloy of Maquoketa. David was blessed with many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers: Milton Lucas, Glen Greenwood, and James McCloy; Uncle Jerry Grillot and cousin, Heather Lucas . In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in David’s honor.