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LUCAS JOHN WESTBY

August 2, 1984 - March 10, 2014

Lucas was born August 2, 1984 in Decorah, Iowa to John and Diane (Tollefson) Westby.  He grew up in Mabel, was baptized and confirmed at the Mabel First Lutheran Church, and graduated from the Mabel-Canton High School in 2003.  He worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Mabel, Decorah, Chatfield, Rochester, and Minneapolis.  Lucas loved his friends. Whether it was meeting new people or hanging out with old friends, if he was with friends, he was happy.   He also loved his family, and enjoyed spending time with them, especially attending activities for his niece, nephew, and cousins.   Lucas's greatest passion was music, and he was so talented.   He could play trumpet and piano, but he was most known for his ability to sing.  And he loved to dance- people have said he could break out into a dance almost anywhere.

He gave the best hugs, and his infectious smile and laughter could brighten anyone's day.  He has touched many peoples lives, whether it was on their journey to recovery, or by showing them how to love themselves as they are.  Lucas was never afraid to be himself! 

Lucas passed away March 10, 2014 at the Hennepin County Medical Center at the age of 29.

Lucas is survived by his father John of Mabel; mother Diane (Craig) Fishel of Canton; his sister Dacia (Dean) Sorum of Mabel; his brother Cole of Mabel; niece and nephews Kennedy, Carson, and Caleb; paternal grandmother Ruth Westby of Mabel; and step-brother and sister Chris Newton and Rachel Fishel.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Roman and Arlyne Tollefson and Kenneth Westby.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church in Mabel.  Burial will be in the Mabel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 -8 PM Friday, March 14 at the Mabel First Lutheran Church and one hour prior to services at the church.

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