Lucas Stoddard was the kind of person who made an impression on everyone he met. He had a zest for life, never met an adventure he didn't pursue, and was always the life of the party. When Luke passed away after a long struggle with addiction, the world lost a person whose personality, energy, and loving heart will be sorely missed.
Luke was always energetic and active, and grew up playing sports. When he was a teenager, he suffered an injury and was prescribed pain medication that led to a long struggle with addiction. Luke actively and passionately battled the addiction in a struggle to stay drug free, with the support of his family and closest friends.
Luke's death brought an awareness to his friends and family that addiction, like any disease is something that can affect anyone. Addiction was just a small part of the life that Luke lived, and doesn't define him or his legacy.
What does define him:
His passion for adventure - Luke loved to travel, hike, and explore new places, whether that was a new city or country, or a new restaurant here in Dayton.
His generous spirit - Luke would give you the shirt off his back (or the hat off his head!) if he thought it would make you happy. In fact, he did just that on his last trip to the Dominican Republic - Luke gave his favorite Knicks hat to a little boy living in an orphanage in the DR. You should have seen the big smile on the child’s face when Luke placed the hat on his head.
His love for his friends and family - The affection that Luke had for his friends and family was no secret! Luke was the king of PDA - you never doubted that he loved you.
His boundless work ethic - Luke was never one to shy away from working hard! Whether that was at his job, on his house, or in the yard, Luke loved the sense of accomplishment that came from finishing a project.
Luke isn't physically with us anymore, but we would love to have your help in honoring his memory. We hope to bring friends, family, and strangers together to celebrate Luke's life and to r.raise money for Brigid's Path and other community organizations helping those struggling with addiction.