Luke Frederick Spencer-Pierce, formerly of Salem, died Monday, August 30, 2021, at Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis. He was 31 years old. His passing was sudden and unexpected.
Luke graduated from Salem High School in 2009, and was a member of Salem Presbyterian Church. At SHS, he was a leader in the Art Department and performed technical work for school Theatre productions. A talented musician, he served as a trombonist and tuba player with the Salem High School Band. He also played bass and guitar.
A gifted artist sought after by numerous schools, Luke was the recipient of numerous scholarships. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications in 2013 from the Herron School of Art at IUPUI, Indianapolis. While at Herron, Luke worked three years as a designer for campus publications and events.
Since 2013, he worked for the Three Sixty Group Advertising Agency, Indianapolis, where his innovative ideas, creative designs, and ability to collaborate with others soon elevated him to the position of Art Director.
He is best known for his dynamic illustrations and designs for the Indiana High School Athletic Association, where his work graced the program covers of all State Championship events and the Sportsmanship posters and graphics seen in every high school in Indiana. He performed similar work for the National Federation of State High School Associations, and consulted on audio, video, and social media campaigns for 360 Group.
Born August 14, 1990, in New Albany, Indiana, Luke is survived by his devoted life partner, Paige Deacon, formerly of Sellersburg; his parents, William and Jane Spencer-Pierce, Salem; a brother, David Spencer-Pierce, Salem; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins from the Spencer side of the family (Madison, Indiana). Also surviving are his “honorary” sister and brother, Brittney Bowers (Indianapolis, Indiana), Josh Miller (Canton, Ohio), and his beloved cats.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frederick and Nellie Pierce, New Castle, Indiana; and his maternal grandparents, David and Ruby Spencer (Madison).
He will be interred in a private burial ceremony at Winslow Cemetery, Salem.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Luke Spencer-Pierce Saturday, September 4, at 1:00 pm at Salem Presbyterian Church. Richard Clark will officiate. Precautions in place include masks for all inside the church regardless of vaccination status, and appropriate social distancing.
Immediately following the service, and in keeping with Luke’s spirit, there will be an informal get-together for family and friends at the Spencer-Pierce residence.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Luke’s name to the David Cranfill Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of ISHAA.
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