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JOHN LUKENS Aug. 10, 1944-Feb. 1, 2013 John Patrick Lukens was born in Washington, D.C. Aug. 10, 1944, the first son of Patricia A. and John F. Lukens. He was the eldest of three children, with his sister, Sara, and brother, Bill, following thereafter. While he grew up on the east coast, graduating from Walter Johnson Sr. High School in Rockville, Md., John followed his father's heritage by attending college at the University of Idaho (class of 1970). During his undergraduate studies, he also served two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. John continued his education at Idaho, graduating from law school in 1973 (cum laude). He was on the Board of Editors for Law Review, a member of their National Moot Court Competition Team, as well as recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. After law school, John clerked for the Chief Judge for the Federal District of Idaho, as well as clerking for Nevada District Court judge Paul S. Goldman. After a two-year stint in the Clark County Public Defender's office, he entered into private practice both in partnership as well as a solo practitioner, but his legal work became best known when he joined the Clark County District Attorney's office in 1987. As a district attorney, John found his niche in becoming a tireless advocate for children and victims' rights. He was the first chief deputy district attorney for the newly formed Sexual Assault/Child Abuse unit. He was key in initiating a Clark County Child Death Review Team. He worked closely with the Children's Advocacy Center and provided guidance, instruction and education to many organizations and advocates working in these areas. Additionally, he acted as a special instructor for the Las Vegas Metropolitan and North Las Vegas police departments for 20 years, including providing publications for in-house training. John also served for over 10 years on the Chiropractic Physicians' Board of Nevada. After leaving the District Attorney's office in 1997, he went back into private practice until 2009, when he gave up the practice of law to teach and coach high school students at Lake Mead Christian Academy. John's legacy is one of education and protection, doing what he could to enable others to achieve their potential, whether that be to an attorney in the court room, a single mother surviving abuse, or a 12-year-old child working on her jump shot. John is survived by his siblings, Sara and Bill; his wife, Donna; his daughters, Kristine, Kate, Jessica, Julie and Allyson; as well as his four grandchildren, Rachel, Emily, Brett, and Carson. There is a memorial service for John at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Hope Baptist Church, 850 E. Cactus, Las Vegas, NV 89183. In lieu of flowers, John had asked that donations instead be made to Club Christ Ministries, P.O. Box 71445, Las Vegas, NV 89170.

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