Lucas Anderson, 26, Fargo, died at home on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The youngest child of Jon and Nikki (Garamella) Anderson, Lucas was born on September 12, 1989, in Fargo, ND, a child whose blithe spirit and irresistible personality became evident at an early age.
A toddler who talked at home but liked the comfort of hiding behind his mother’s skirts where he might peek out to meow like a cat to people he didn’t know; a preschooler who could do spot-on imitations of characters, such as “Forrest Gump”—an ability that grew as he grew to the delight of friends and family; and a teenager whose affinity for the piano began to shape his life: Lucas and complexity were one and the same. In a contest at South High School, Lucas impersonated the character Kramer from the sitcom “Seinfeld,” after which he dressed simply in black, sat down to the piano, and played a classical selection by Franz Liszt. The crowd who had been laughing heartily, hushed, and he was named “Mr. South.”
Lucas showed talent for sports, particularly golf, but the joy of his life was the piano. The piano became both his anchor and the channel for his passion. At the Concordia vigil for Lucas a friend said that Lucas understood well how “the art of music making and the journey of self-discovery are indelibly intertwined.” And his piano teacher told of a woman who recently heard Lucas play for the first time. She said, “He reached into the bottom of my soul with his playing.”
Indeed, many will miss his music making and the tremendous pleasure of hearing him perform: “hearing it live.”
People were drawn to Lucas for a multitude of reasons: he was kind, empathetic, and not afraid to appear vulnerable; he was funny; he was honest about his struggles and helped other people with theirs; and he was brilliantly talented. One of his friends wrote that life for Lucas was “just like the [piano] keys. There are white days and there are black days and [he] brought out the best in them all.”
The family and friends of Lucas would like to see greater compassion and understanding for those whose lives are troubled with substance abuse and greater attention given to this societal problem and its devastating consequences. Addiction is part of a life experience; it is not anyone’s identity.
Lucas is survived by his parents, Jon and Nikki Anderson and brother Michael (Sarah Erikson), Fargo; pampered cat, Wren-kitty; grandparents, Minerva L. Anderson, Frazee, MN, and Michael A. Garamella, Denver, CO; aunts and uncles, Dave and Roxann Daggett, Frazee, MN, Tim and Margaret Holcomb, Neil and Michelle McCoy, and Robert Garamella, all Denver, CO; cousins, Stephen (Michelle) Daggett, Detroit Lakes, MN, Melissa Daggett (Jeff Clark) Atlanta, GA, Paul (Courtney) Kelly, Little Rock, AR, Matthew (Naomi) Kelly, Zach and Nick Holcomb, Terry and Mari McCoy, all Denver, CO.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Ashley, and his grandparents, H. Victor Anderson and Helen Garamella .
Memorial Service: 3:00 P.M. Thursday, March 17, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, Fargo with visitation starting at 2:00 P.M.