Memorial

Memorial

Lance Juracka

Lance Juracka

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Died
Lance had the most amazing sense of humor. He could find humor in the littlest of things and he loved holidays and went out his way to make them very special.
Tell us about your loved one.
Lance would not have talked about any of the things that I am about to say. He was very humble and never bragged or even spoke about his accomplishments of which there were many before his life became consumed by addiction. He had a hard time in high school because we moved during this time and he did not feel like he fit in. He did not graduate and later he got his GED and went to a small Community College. He then decided he would apply to NYU Film School even though he was told by his Advisors that it would probably be very hard to get in. He wrote a letter and that along with his grades got him accepted. This was the happiest time of his life. He loved creating and working with others that had the same vision. Lance was a true friend and never judgmental of others. He always saw the best in all people. Lance graduated from NYU Tisch Film School and made a short film while in school which was 9 years before his addiction. The film called, "Time's Up" is about 2 generations of a family struggling with addiction. In some way, his soul must have known that this would touch his life. He was a high achiever that was successful in all that he touched until addiction to alcohol took over his life and changed everything.
Tell us about Lance's struggle with addiction
Lance went downhill very quickly. About 3 years before he died, he started having personal problems and at the same time he had a job writing for "Showbiz Magazine" in Las Vegas. He would review the shows and during this time, he was given free drinks. He never liked the taste of alcohol when he was younger but I can only guess that he found a way to dull the pain of what was going on in his life. He quickly because addicted and whenever he would try to withdraw, he would have seizures. His life became a vicious circle of him losing everything that was important to him because of drinking and hating himself because of it but continuing to drink to numb the pain. A year before he died, he went into rehab and those that loved him were so grateful that this might mean a recovery. Unfortunately, the sobriety was short lived and he went downhill even faster than before. His liver was giving out and his health was declining. He died in a single vehicle accident after drinking along with taking prescription medication.
What made Lance smile?
Lance had the most amazing sense of humor. He could find humor in the littlest of things and he loved holidays and went out his way to make them very special.
What do you miss most about Lance?
I miss his fun loving personality and his love of family. I miss his funny stories and his creativity in coming up with inventions, writing songs and script ideas for shows. I was always in awe of his creative mind and his love of life.

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