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In Memory

David P Luke, Sr.

David P. Luke, Sr.
January 22, 1944 - May 15, 2017

David P. Luke Sr., 73, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away on May 15, 2017, at home surrounded by his loved ones after a long battle with cancer.

David was born in Stebbins, Alaska, on Jan. 22, 1944. He graduated from St. Mary's Catholic Mission in 1961, and continued his education at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. In the latter part of the Vietnam War, he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

David was a very loving, kindhearted, generous, forgiving and compassionate man. He had a witty sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He would light up the room with his presence and an unforgettable smile. He worked as an Instrument Technician for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for 28 years. The summer was his favorite time of year because he loved being outdoors fishing, hunting and camping. 

David was married to Darlene R. Luke (deceased), Yvonne A. Luke (deceased) and then finally Elsie T. Luke; they were married 33 years.

David is survived by his wife, Elsie T. Luke; son, David P. Luke Jr.; two daughters, Laurie Luke and Maria Luke; two brothers, James Luke and Lawrence Luke; two sisters, Regina Hunter and Anna Luke; and grandchildren, David P. Luke III, Addison Luke, Shania Bergeron, Charisse Bergeron and Michael Schmidt.

David is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Luke; mother, Elsie A. Luke; and his brothers, Anthony Luke, Edward Luke, Paul Luke, Regina Luke and Lawrence Luke (Tyson).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to his daughter, Laurie Luke.

Viewing will be held at 12 p.m. with the funeral service beginning at 12:30 p.m. on May 20, 2017, at St. Benedict Church. Father Michael of St. Benedict Church will be officiating. A reception will follow the funeral at the Roehl residence. Gathering for the reception will begin at 4:30 p.m., potluck style. 

Published in Alaska Dispatch News from May 19 to May 20, 2017


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05/19/17 10:01 PM #1    

John Ballard

David Luke was one of my favorite people on the Pipeline. I didn't know him outside of work but enjoyed working around him. He was quiet, smart, patient and good natured. He will be missed.

05/20/17 08:29 AM #2    

Karen Anderson

I worked many years with Dave on the pipeline.  He was a phenomenal instrument tech and was fantastic at his job.  He will be greatly missed.  It was an honor and privilege to have worked with him.  He always had us laughing, he had a great sense of humor.  Happy trails my friend.

05/20/17 08:52 AM #3    

Walt Brophy

I was always happy to be in Dave's company.  I am going to miss him.

05/20/17 08:06 PM #4    

Harold Anderson

So sorry to hear about David - was just thinking yesterday that it has been some time since bumping into him at Walmart - was always good to sit and talk with him and of course to laugh about stories. Condolences to the family.  You will be missed David.

05/28/17 07:41 AM #5    

Pat Campbell

David was a super sweet man with a kind heart and a wry sense of humor. One of the true gems I encountered with Alyeska.

05/29/17 07:40 AM #6    

Howard Echo-Hawk

One of a kind.

Extremely knowledgeable.  Easy to talk to.  Fun.  When he showed up, you knew everything was going to be ok.  He impacted many.  The kind of guy that makes you smile when you thought of him.

CU later David.

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