John Luke, as he preferred to be called, was born on June 5, 1999, in Albuquerque, N.M., and lived in Homer, N.Y.; Aspen, Colo.; and most recently Anchorage, Alaska. John Luke excelled in sports and was a great teammate. While at Albuquerque High School, John Luke played football and baseball, and competed in JROTC and DECA events. He loved wearing the bulldog green, and could always be found in cowboy boots, buckle and his black beaver-felt cowboy hat. He crewed balloons with his mother and sister, always working hard to get them into the air and back onto the ground. After moving to Anchorage in 2015, John Luke continued to play baseball and followed his heart into the outdoors, exploring the wilds of Alaska in his truck, or mobbing the trails on four-wheelers and snow machines. He loved casting his fly rod into the rivers and catching rainbows, or just driving his truck and listening to music. John Luke graduated from South Anchorage High School in May 2017.
John Luke loved the outdoors, dirt bikes, trucks, McDonald's and, most of all, his family and friends. Those who knew John Luke know he had a caring heart and willingness to help anyone in their time of need, even if it meant a late night run to pull a stranger's truck out of a mudhole. His ear to ear smile could brighten even the darkest days. John Luke cherished his mother and sister.
John Luke is survived by his parents, Jennifer and Andrew Fraiser, Jake Ryan and Michelle Smithson; sisters, Madyson, Ella and Caley; and his Nana Kami; as well as numerous grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. All of them had a special bond with Jonathon, and remember the handsome young man with a beautiful heart and laughter filled with life.
Jonathon Matthew Ryan is with us today, the beauty of his life rippling outwards, touching and inspiring those who were lucky to have known and loved him.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." - Matthew 5:8