Luke Kendall Grubb
August 14, 1963 – June 24, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Luke Kendall Grubb on the morning of June 24th, 2021. Luke was born on August 14, 1963 to Phyllis Jean McCollum and Robert Lynn Grubb in Sacramento California. At the age of nine months old the family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. When he was 10 years old his family moved to Austin, Texas, the place that no matter where he was, he would always call home. He attended Cunningham Elementary, Dripping Springs Middle and High School, and graduated from Crockett High School in 1981. A lifelong Longhorns fan, Luke attended The University of Texas at Austin and later relocated to San Antonio and graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. One of Luke’s many jobs was working at the Alamo Café where he met the love of his life Donna Louise (Mitchell) Grubb. They were married on June 20th 1992 and had 2 wonderful children Garrett Mitchell Grubb (24) and Jacob Henry Grubb (21).
Luke loved the military and enlisted in the Air Force Reserves at the young age of 18 right out of high school. He trained at Lackland Air Force Base and was initially assigned to the 433rd Security Police Squadron. He started out as a private and worked his way up through the enlisted ranks. After graduating college and Air Force Officer Training School he was commissioned Second Lieutenant. After 24 years of honorable and decorated service he retired as a Major. His last assignment was his favorite. He was stationed at Peterson Air Force Base for Space Command where coordinated the security and defense of that base and was witness to at close range the accomplishments of our nation’s leadership in space. Luke was always fascinated with space science and space travel. Though humble by nature and having never been one to brag he was also remarkably proficient in self-defense and martial arts techniques.
From an early age Luke gained a proficiency with computing and soon had built his own personal computers from scratch for himself, his family, and friends. In a similar vein, Luke was employed with the State of Texas Department of State Health Services where his talents of COBOL and FORTRAN software programming were put to use for the benefit of all Texans and was greatly appreciated.
Early in life Luke was good at water skiing. Later he and his wife took up snow skiing which was a thrilling extension of their love of outdoor sports. Mid-life hip surgery put a pause on those more strenuous and exciting pursuits, but in his last few years of life Luke had begun to rediscover a calmer side of outdoor enjoyment. With some persuasion from family and friends he was reacquainted with camping and soon began taking trips for camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking. If he was seen on his phone during an outdoor adventure it is because he was catching Pokemon. He was also proficient in the use of sporting firearms.
Luke is preceded in death by both of his parents and grandparents, and leaves behind his loving wife Donna, their two sons Garrett and Jacob, and his mother-in-law, Barbara V. Flood. He also leaves behind two older brothers, Robert, Werner, and their families. He also leaves behind his beloved younger brother Jubal Grubb, Jubal’s wife Kori, his nieces whom he loved very much, Ginger and Violet Grubb, as well as many family and friends.
A celebration of his remarkable life will be held after the funeral at 11:30 at the VFW #4443 located on 7614 Thomas Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78736.
If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers: Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation - https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/donations/ Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - https://www.wildflower.org/donate National Parks Foundation - www.nationalparks.org Austin Pets Alive - https://www.austinpetsalive.org/donate/donate-now
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Luke Kendall Grubb
August 6, 2021
My son now leaves in Austin and I was going to reach out to you and Luke while I was there in September. Military always have a tendency to try and find others.
I found this and my heart dropped. Donna I know all of you feel such loss. Luke was an fun loving person who just made the world better. So sorry for your loss- prayers for you and your family.