|Birth: ||Sep. 6, 1958|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Oct. 1, 2007|
AURORA-Jim Luce, 49, died the evening of Monday, October 1, 2007 from injuries sustained in a farm equipment accident.
He was born September 6, 1958 in Los Angeles, California to John Elmo and Marcella (Wyatt) Luce.
He was a U.S.Army Veteran, serving in Angola, and attended Buffalo High School and College of the Ozarks. He also taught art for Ozarks Technical College.
Jim was an exceptional artist, with talent ranging from painting, sculpture, to leather craft. His works were displayed in Manhattan and Scotland as well as many high-profile collectors. Jim was a sculptor on the only known fireplace made from one piece of stone, housed in the Kauffmann Mansion, and locally known for his Ten Commandments monument and work for the Jordan Valley Park Amphitheatre at special request. In addition he was a chef, specializing in saucier, competed at rodeos starting at age of 17 and continued working with livestock including horses, goats, cattle and swine.
He was active in American Indian politics and culture, co-founding the Red Heart Intertribal Cultural Center and owner of many original pieces of cultural heritage. He enjoyed participating in historical re-enactment events, specifically those focusing on pre 1840's rendezvous. Jim was the Missouri and Kansas Commissioner for the Clan Hamilton Society and enjoyed attending Highland Games and an avid archer, competing in tournaments regularly.
Jim drew national news coverage for carving the biblical commandments on giant limestone blocks on his rural property. The blocks weighed over 11 tons and stood as tall as 15 feet. He was a painter and sculptor who started the commandments as a way to thank God for sparing his family members' lives in a 2003 tornado that destroyed their house. He had not finished chiseling the commandments when he died. The letters had all been marked on the stone.
John Elmo Luce (1931 - 2000)
Maintained by: Vera
Originally Created by: Juanita Sloan Lowrance
Record added: Oct 05, 2007
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