Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Chapel

407 Jerry Street, Castle Rock, CO


Luke William Franklin

July 30, 1987September 27, 2019

Luke William Franklin, our beloved firstborn, left us on the 27th of September 2019. He came joyfully to us on July 30th 1987. Through trials and tribulations, as well as many wonderful and loving memories, we were blessed to have this caring and brilliant young man with us for 32 years.

Luke graduated with high honors from Douglas County High School in 2005. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from prestigious Macalester College in 2009. From there Luke attended Denver University, and earned his Master of Fine Arts from the Josef Korbel School in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Subsequently, he received his Master of Arts in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas. Luke was accepted by the University of Kansas Doctoral program for Russian Languages and Eastern European Literatures. Luke took leave from the program after two years, and unfortunately was not able to complete the program.

We want to take this opportunity to thank the numerous educators and school staff members who recognized Luke’s love for learning. Every one of you made a positive contribution to his life. Luke loved learning and knowledge above all. He passionately wanted to teach, but it was never to be. He unfortunately became despondent and battled anxiety and self-recrimination fueled by alcoholism. Despite ceaseless efforts by Luke and his family to find answers and help that would prevent us from this anguish, Luke lost all hope.

Luke is survived by his father and mother, Mark and Deborah Franklin (Castle Rock, Co), brother Mark (Castle Rock) and sister Eden (Kansas City, MO). Luke was predeceased by his grandparents Wilburt and Mary Lou Franklin (Goodland, Ks.) and Bill and Flora Link (Kiowa, Co). He leaves behind many family members, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins, as well as a host of dear friends from childhood to his adult years.

We thank you for the outpouring of prayers, love and care we have already received from many of you who were touched by the life of our precious Luke Franklin.

In lieu of flowers we encourage you to consider a memorial gift in Luke’s honor to Heifer Intl. and/or Douglas County Mental Health. One of Luke’s passions was caring for people who struggled to have the bare necessities in life. We, Luke’s family, are passionate about reaching out to encourage everyone to be aware of the desperate need for hope and healing through increased attention to mental health awareness and action.


26 October

Celebration of Life Service

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

New Covenant Church

77 Perry Park Ave.
Larkspur, CO

Loving childcare will be provided!


Luke William Franklin

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Dane Pribbeno

October 15, 2019

I was a fellow trumpet player with Luke in high school. He was always a super friendly, funny, and awesome person to be around. I can still picture his dance moves to this day. I genuinely do not have one bad memory of the time I got to share with him. I was deeply pained to hear what happened. I cannot imagine what he was going through, and I am so utterly heartbroken and sorry for his family, his loved ones, and really everyone he met in his life. I can say without a doubt that he touched everyone's life he came in contact with. I know this because even though I have not seen him since high school, his absence still shakes me to my core. You will be missed!

Sara Maus

October 15, 2019

My deepest sympathies and ongoing prayers are with you all. I pray Luke finds the peace that eluded him. Know that you are on my mind and in my prayers.

Stuart Reed

October 11, 2019

Luke and I were good friends in middle and high school. He gave me so many wonderful memories of those times of our young lives and made everyone so cheerful any time he came around. He helped me get my first job and succeed with so many aspects of school, from band to academics. Luke was very talented at so many things and would always put others before himself to help them get better as well. I will cherish the fond memories of Luke and his family and wish you all peace and comfort in this time of loss. My sincerest condolences.

Steve Schifferdecker

October 11, 2019

Luke had such a kind and compassionate heart, yet was a strong and bold leader for the DC band program. His talent was exceptional, only overshadowed by his ability to lead others through example and positive support. These traits made him a role model for others in the program. The world most definitely lost a good man. God speed.

Jeremy Knakmuhs

October 11, 2019

I met Luke in Middle School band. We then spent 4 years together in high school marching band. He was a great friend to have. He could always bring a smile to anyone's face, get them to laugh or be there for a friend in need. Very sorry to hear about the battles that Luke has gone through. Wish I had kept in contact with him after high school. He was a wonderful person and will greatly be missed. Sorry I cannot make the service, will be out of town. Your family is in our prayers.

Stephanie McCrary

October 11, 2019

Luke was the best “big brother” to all of Eden’s friends when they were younger. He was sweet, kind, gentle, and patient with them all. We are truly heartbroken for the pain his death has caused the entire Franklin family. We will celebrate Luke’s life forever and will be praying for you and thinking of you always. The McCrarys love you all so much!!

Camille Schefter

October 10, 2019

I remember Luke best gliding across Macalester campus on his bicycle. His elegance coupled with his size made him seem to defy certain facts of physics. He was so kind and gentle and sweet... we used to pet his curls and remark he must be a real angel. He was a generous and tender soul. Within the first few weeks of school he’d shared with me all the new music that would define our years of college together, and I still think of him when I hear those songs. I hadn’t had contact with him in years; and I am sorry for that. So much love to Luke’s family, his memory lives with so many of us.
Love, Camille

Madeleine Hunt ehrlich

October 9, 2019

Luke and I were friends in college. I transferred schools sophomore year and we lost touch but from time to time he sent a sweet note my way. We knew each other best when we were 19. For a year or so we spent every day together. Luke loved music and Nabokov and reading. He was kind and principled. He had even then, a darkness to him too, that sometimes came out and I have strong memories of trying to care for him
in those times. Everyone who knew him felt loved by him, which meant everything because none of us knew how to be yet. Being loved by Luke was a tremendous gift at a time when we were figuring out who we were. I am so grateful that I knew Luke and got to feel loved by him. I hope he knows how much I cared about him too. We had some beautiful days together and will always be a part of each other’s stories, and I am grateful. I want to share with Luke’s family what a good friend Luke was back then, that everyone who met him was impressed by how smart and kind he was. What a wonderful gift he was to us all! Thank you for giving us Luke for the time we got to have with him.

Donna Koons

October 9, 2019

I knew Luke when he worked at CVC. I looked forward to seeing him greet everyone he came in contact with his warm smile and kind words. May you Rest In Peace my friend.

CIndy Veith

October 9, 2019

We spent some wonderful years with the "boys" in youth group and us parents trying to keep up with all they wanted to do. Your family always showed love, acceptance and support for all families, including ours.
Thank you for sharing your hearts with all of us. This is an area that needs more attention and funding.
You are in our prayers.
Our arms are around you and so are His.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
Lovingly, Rick and Cindy Veith