Lukas Brian Simmons

Lukas Brian Simmons passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Texhoma, Oklahoma, at the age of 22. Though he left this world far too soon, he left it a better place.

Lukas was an amazing son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend to many. He welcomed everyone he met with open arms and his one-of-a-kind smile. Lukas was a hardworking young man. He was always willing and ready to help, no matter who or what was asked of him.

Lukas loved 4-H. He grew up showing lambs, pigs, goats, mini horses, a catch-a-calf heifer, ducks — and even cats and a fish. He competed in many 4-H contests, earning national trips across the country. Lukas loved livestock judging. He attended Eastern Wyoming College, in Torrington, on a livestock judging scholarship. Lukas went on to attend Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma, where he would have been on the judging team next year. He was excited to begin judging jackpot shows and county fairs.

One of Lukas’ goals was to open a butcher shop. Included in these plans were the many ways he would support youth and programs in the livestock industry. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at First Bank in Evanston to the Lukas Simmons Donation account. Donations will be used, in part, to make these goals a reality by sponsoring buckles and awards and by purchasing animals at junior livestock auctions.

A celebration of Lukas’ life will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Roundhouse, located at 1500 Main St., in Evanston. Visitation will begin at noon, with the service at 2 p.m. Immediately following the service will be the dedication of the grave at the Evanston City Cemetery. A luncheon will then be held back at the Roundhouse. For those wishing to stay, we will have music and dancing in Lukas’ honor.

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