On Sept. 10, 2019, Lucas Nathaniel Fink, our loving son, brother, father of two children and Iraq combat veteran, departed this life at age 40 in San Clemente, Calif.
Lucas was born on Feb. 16, 1979, at Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan, to Cmdr. Richard and Trudy Fink. He attended elementary school in Twentynine Palms, Calif., and high school in Oak Harbor, Wash., where he played catcher on the baseball team and graduated in 1998. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to follow in his father’s footsteps as a hospital corpsman.
Lucas wore the uniform of our nation for five years. He completed Navy boot camp and hospital corps school at Great Lakes, Ill. From there, he was stationed at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he worked on the Mother Infant Unit. Lucas was then transferred to Okinawa, Japan, where he was assigned to the Marine Air Wing. Upon returning to the states, he attended Fleet Marine Force (FMF) training at Camp Pendleton. After completion of FMF, Lucas was assigned to a Marine Unit, Echo Company 2/5, serving as a combat corpsman in Ramadi, Iraq, from September 2004 through May 2005. He loved his time in the service and the many Marines and sailors he served with. Lucas received several ribbons and medals including the Combat Action Ribbon and Iraq Campaign with the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. “Semper Fidelis” “Retreat Hell”
After completing his military obligation, Lucas was accepted into the Puget Sound Electrical Apprenticeship program where he became a IBEW-46 Journeyman Electrician and attended South Seattle College, graduating from both in 2011. He had worked in that field for the past several years.
Lucas loved his mother’s cooking, which made him a very good cook. He was always talking about the outdoors and discussed on many occasions that, if he could, he would live off the grid in a cabin he built. He enjoyed playing card games with his kids, his Mom and Pops, brothers and cousins. Many times they would play all night that silly game of “Hand & Foot” and Pinochle. He played softball with his Pops and was on many teams. Yet, every time he had the opportunity, he would find a Frisbee Golf course and spend hours throwing the disc, along with training for the “Fink” Olympics (games he made up). He loved playing games and being silly with Quincee and Indiana, who were the apples of his eye. They always brought a smile to his face.
Lucas was a man with integrity, he had a loving, caring soul and very kind heart. He would do anything for family, friends and fellow Marines and sailors. Lucas will be dearly missed by those that knew and truly loved him.
Lucas was preceded in death by his beloved dog, Jack. He is survived by his two children, Quincee and Indiana; parents, Richard and Trudy, of Oak Harbor, Wash.; two brothers, Matthew (Nichelle), of Federal Way, Wash., and Forest (Celest), of East Wenatchee, Wash.; nieces, Paige and Grace, of East Wenatchee; and many, many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of his life is 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Wallin Funeral Home, 1811 NE 16th Ave. #A, Oak Harbor, WA. In lieu of flowers, please make donations, in Lucas’ name to Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at woundedwarrior.marines.mil — print donation in search box, select donation form, print form, in Specific Requirements line, write in USMC Wounded Warrior Battalion — West.
“No one is actually gone until the ripples they cause in the world die away.”