Zachary Demko

May 21, 1991May 22, 2013
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Zachary Demko, a 22 year old Tennessee/Texas man living in Longview, died on May 22, 2012 after a long fought battle with a rare form of cancer. Zachary was, most importantly, a follower of Jesus Christ, and firmly believed that whatever his path, Christ was in control. He is described by those who knew him best as a sweet, charming, fun loving guy who brought joy to those he knew. While he was shy at first, once you got to know him, he was a pure joy to be around. Zachary was well loved and respected by friends and family and his professors. He was a student at Tennessee Technological University where he was studying Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation this summer, Zachary was scheduled to enter Letourneau University where he wanted to obtain a Masters in Bio-medical Engineering.

The last year of Zachary’s life was a difficult one. Fighting cancer and finishing his undergraduate degree. Through it all, Zachary maintained a positive outlook on life. Never giving up the hope he had through Christ Jesus. Even though he is now passed on, he will leave behind a legacy of hope and struggle. A legacy that lets others know, even when dire situations come about, there is a hope and a comfort that you can turn to. A legacy that lets others know of the comfort and joy to be found in the arms of Jesus.

Zachary is survived by his parents, Jonathan and Carol, who are both graduates of Texas A&M University. He is also survived by his brothers Andrew and Jonathan. Andrew is a graduate student at Texas A&M, and Jonathan is currently working in Florida. Blythe Warlick, Zachary's grandmother, is a long time resident of College Station and currently still lives here. His grandmother Mary Demko lives in New York City. Zachary also leaves behind 10 cousins, 5 uncles, 3 aunts, and several friends across Tennessee and Texas.

A graduation celebration from earth to heaven will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Memorial Chapel in College Station, Texas. Interment will follow at Providence Cemetery in Burleson County, Texas. A second memorial is being planned at the university he attended in Cookeville, Tennessee later this summer.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family is asking for donations to Mission Waco and a scholarship fund to Tennessee Technological University.


  • Graduation Celebration from Earth to Heaven Saturday, May 25, 2013

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Renee Kelley

June 22, 2014

You are still on my mind.

Robin Skiles

June 10, 2013

Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Zachary from homeschooling when he and my Jonathan were much younger. He was shy but so sweet. May Jesus comfort you during this time.

Joe Stephens

June 4, 2013


I never expected you to beat me home. I feel a profound sense of sadness because I know that you had plans for the future. Yet, I also know that this life is just the dressing room for the next, and that God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes. You always watched out for me at the pool, but now you have joined that great cloud of witnesses watching over those of us who have yet to finish our race. We will meet again.


Barbara Wright

May 31, 2013

Carol, I am very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Angela Achenbach

May 29, 2013

My heart is broken for you. I want you to know that I am praying for you. May God pour out His grace on you during this difficult time.

Renee Kelley

May 28, 2013

Carol, I am in prayer for you that God will bless you with the strength that this must be taking. Zachary is in a far better place than we are. He knew the love of God and is experiencing and rejoicing in it.
Love abides.

Brenda Ellis

May 28, 2013

Carol, Johnathon, Johathon and Andrew. I am so sorry to hear about Zachary. I have always enjoyed knowing your family and you have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Pam Howard

May 28, 2013

Carol and family, I'm so very sorry to hear about Zachary. My thoughts and prayers are with you, during this sad time. May the comfort of our Heavenly Father, hold you near in the days ahead.

Hope Humphrey

May 28, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I cannot imagine what you and your family must be going through. I know that your faith is strong and you trust in the promises of the Lord; but also know that your friends are there to help you carry the load. My prayers and hugs are with you all.

Andrea Smith

May 28, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss, I didn't realize he was sick, You are all in my prayers.

Love, Andrea