Lucas Aaron Hicks, 39 years of age, resident of Bellingham, WA, passed away on October 3rd, 2017 4:20 PM at home in Bellingham with his life partner Jenny Lara, devoted friend Thomas Deakin and beloved dog Jake by his side. During his last days on this earthly plane he was also surrounded by his mother, his brothers, his father and a large number of close friends, who provided love, conversation, rotating support and a continuous supply of music.
Luke was born on February 1st, 1978 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction, Colorado to Glenna Hicks nee Scott and Terry Brent Hicks. With his family he lived in the following Colorado towns: Fruita, Steamboat Springs, and Grand Junction. He attended schools in Grand Junction and graduated Valedictorian in 1996 from Grand Junction Central High School. Starting in 1984, he often visited his father and older brother in Oak Harbor and Mt. Vernon, Washington during school breaks. Hicks attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, from 1996 to 2000, graduating with Bachelors of Arts in Music/ Music Composition. Luke was a gregarious and fun-loving child, always impressing his family with his ability to connect with others. Before music, Luke’s main interests were having fun with friends and family, cartoons, and comic books. Luke began playing saxophone in middle school band in 1990, was in high school choir (with Uncle Stan Scott as his teacher) and then formed his first band, Pacer, playing local venues in Grand Junction. Pacer performed in Bellingham within a month of moving there in 1996, starting Luke’s long run of unique musical groups that performed in the Bellingham area and way, way beyond, nationally and internationally. Other bands followed: Jill Brazil, The Gallus Brothers (Devin Champlain), the Shadies, Los Beardos Misterioso, Rattletrap Ruckus, Fat Albert Rotunda, the Tanglers, Colorado Luke and the Scrimshaw Boys, the Scrimshaw Boys, Brent Cole Miners, Hicks Machine, and, most recently Deakin Hicks. Luke toured with Crow Quill Night Owls, Le Serpent Rouge and Garden of Joy Jug Band (with Maria Muldaur).
Discography: With John Sampson (The Last: to be released Summer 2018), Cassette Only String Band with Lucas Hicks, Jenny Lara and Thomas Deakin (coming soon), Deakin Hicks: What Could Possibly Go Wrong (2016), Deakin Hicks- Our Sister City (2015) Deakin Hicks (Basque release En Casa Preocupados (very limited edition 2015), The Shadies- Cuttin' at the Point (2013), Rattletrap Ruckus- Redlight Rag (2013), Gallus Brothers- Hello Neighbor (2009), Gallus Brothers- Get the Heebie Jeebies (2007), Gallus brothers- Suitcase Rag (2006), The Tanglers-CD by same name (2003), Colorado Luke and The Scrimshaw Boys-CD by same name (2001), Pau/Pacer/Jill Brazil/Monkey Monkey Monkey- Live at the 3B (1999), Jill Brazil- The Songs of Jill Brazil (year unknown), Pacer-So (1997). Luke also played with the Crow Quill Night Owls on the following Albums: Snake Liquor (2010) and Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (2013).
There didn’t seem to be an instrument Lucas couldn’t master; but if asked he replied it was just that he practiced a lot. Over the years he played the saxophone, banjo, ukulele, spoons, bones, washboard, guitar, trumpet, accordion, mandolin… His drive and enthusiasm to improve his skill was contagious and he encouraged friends, family and students to have fun learning and practicing as well.
Lucas was known to frequent many music festivals as a participant and as an instructor/tutor, such as New Orleans Fringe Festival, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend WA, Berkeley Folk Festival, Subdude String Jamboree, Seattle Folk Festival. He was a well-loved music instructor on ukulele, banjo, guitar, accordion, percussion and whatnot for children and adults, and was an amazing square dance caller. Lucas spent some time as a care provider for children with special needs, was a Montessori music teacher in Bellingham, taught at Seneca, a school for adjudicated at-risk youth in San Francisco, and was a compassionate mentor to Sinder Holmes. He was a two time first place winner of the Weiser Idaho banjo contest and winner of the coveted Bubba Award. Many articles were written about Lucas over several states in the northwest, Colorado and Basque Country. But he was most humbled in February by one of his elementary students who, as part of a class assignment, wrote a report about his life and introduced him as her hero.
Lucas is survived by his darlin’ partner of 9+ years Jenny Rose Lara, who’s steadfast love and years of staunch support gave him strength and encouragement. His deep love for Jenny and his commitment to her touched everyone who knew them. Luke is also survived by honored mother Glenna Scott and father Terry Hicks, reciprocal love, laughter, shenanigans, friendship and admiration of brothers Van Hicks and John Hicks, step mother Heather Hicks, step-father Rick Sheley, beloved Grandmother Lena Mae Scott and Grandfather Jack C.A. Scott, step-brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, niece, nephews and fellow musical co-conspirators, friends from different parts of the country and the world. Thomas Deakin (Deakin Hicks) his brother from another mother, was a constant support rarely leaving his and Jenny’s side during his last days. He is survived by numerous friends and a hundred other lovely people that can’t all be mentioned here but were an integral part of Luke’s life; and, of course, his beloved dog Jake (“What would Jake do?”). Luke’s relationships with family and friends was based on generosity, acceptance, inspiration, music, creativity, fun and laughter. He got up every day and lived the life he was given. His faults, of course he had a few, made him more real, even easier to accept and love. Hicks was predeceased by his paternal grandparents and step-grandparents, uncle Jack Hicks and that’s about it. He was very young to be moving on.
A beautiful organic and spontaneous viewing was held the evening of October 3rd in Luke and Jenny’s home. The following day fellow musicians and loved ones accompanied a procession to and from his cremation. His last week at home was a living wake, a moving memorial and tribute to his generous spirit. Lucas’s ashes will rest in his music room in Bellingham and ashes will be scattered by his family on Mt. Garfield, overlooking the Grand Valley in Colorado. Other memorial services include a private celebration of his life to be held in Grand Junction Colorado, hosted by his family; and a community musical event in Bellingham, Washington planned for a date in February close to Luke’s 40th birthday. Details will be forthcoming.
Lucas would want the most heartfelt thanks to be sent out to everyone who has shown him such kindness and support during his battle with cancer. His family and friends often heard how important it was to him that everyone know how much he appreciated and loved them. So please do feel appreciated and loved by Lucas Hicks. He wanted you to.
Email lucashicksmemorialcelebrations @gmail.com for updated event information. Donations for the Lucas Hicks Memorial Fund can be sent to Glenna Scott PO Box 2490 White Salmon, WA 98672