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Luke A. Mayfield

Luke A. Mayfield

Luke A. Mayfield, age 21, of West Yellowstone, MT, died on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 in his mountain cabin. He was born on October 28th, 1993 in Quincy, IL; the son of Jeff and Lori (DeVries) Mayfield. Luke worked for the Blue Ribbon Flies, one of the premier fly shops in the world, in West Yellowstone, and was a man of family, nature, and God.
Luke grew up, like so many young boys in a small-Midwestern town, with a passion for family, friends, and nature; enriching his life with Boy Scouts, St. Peter's School, and athletics. Luke was raised within the brotherhood of his soccer friends, and grew to be a beloved leader and loyal protector of his teammates. As a co-captain of the 2011 Quincy Notre Dame soccer team, he led his band of brothers, shoulder-to-shoulder, to the ever elusive Illinois State Championship. Luke was a man of passion, and through his journey to find his place in the world, found himself immersed within innumerable experiences including a deep involvement in the Teens Encounter Christ (T.E.C.) ministry, developing his true character at Quincy Notre Dame, nurturing his hungry mind at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA, and pursuing his ultimate dream of a life filled with fly-fishing. Full of wild abandon, the wide, open spaces and tranquil waters of West Yellowstone, Montana (appropriately referred to as God's Country) gave Luke a pure and simple happiness that people search a lifetime for.
Luke remains a beloved son, respected brother, cherished grandson, adored uncle and an irreplaceable friend to all. He felt each emotion to his very core, and it showed in his gentle kindness. A truly old soul with the optimistic heart of a child, Luke believed in people. He had genuine belief in his eyes and wonder in his words. Luke was always happiest exploring a new stream or rigging up his fly-rod although, he was just as excitable when he heard the snap of a hook-set and looked over to find you engaged in a battle with a spirited fish. His heart burst with joy for simple times with family and friends; a spirit so eager and full, perhaps he was a man meant for greater things.
So at the end of the day, when worldly defeats sneak in and we selfishly try to call him back to us; we must only remember that he is, in fact, already here. He is hidden just beyond the mist rising from that mountain stream on a cool spring morning and in the fall, he is just beyond the dark on the tips of those whistling wings headed south. As the sun hovers just above the horizon, and there is a warm, comforting blindness before dusk, he is there. When we find ourselves in our own wide open space, take solace knowing we are in good company with our dear brother Luke. Expect him to be looking over his shoulder with that one-of-a-kind grin, inviting us to join him on his next adventure.


In addition to his parents, he is also survived by:
MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS: Robert J. & Mary Jo DeVries
A BROTHER: Robert Mayfield and his wife Ashley of Mukwonago, WI
A SISTER: Dr. Alli Mayfield of Springfield, IL
A NIECE: Alivia Mayfield
Numerous aunts, uncles and other relatives also survive.

Luke was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Logan and Rosemary Mayfield.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM in the Church of St. Peter. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday evening from 4:00 until 8:00 at the Church of St. Peter. Memorials may be made to Quincy Notre Dame, the Church of St. Peter or the Yellowstone Park Foundation in care of the Blue Ribbon Fly Shop in West Yellowstone.

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From:
Laura Peterson
Quincy, IL
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Lori and family, There is nothing I can say to express my sorrow and condolences to you right now, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
From:
Rick Mason
Burlington, IA
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Jeff, Rob, & Family ... So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and the rest of the family.
From:
Travis Fraise
Montrose, IA
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Jeff, I am thinking of you and your family at your time of loss and keeping you in my prayers.
From:
JoAnn & Fred Witte
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Luke was so full of life. My heart breaks for Jeff & Lori & all his family & friends including ours. Knowing his love of Jesus brings me comfort knowing he is enjoying his glory in heaven. My prayers go out to all who loved him.
From:
Amanda Arends
Columbia, MO
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From:
Joanne (Powers) & Jeff Bergman
Quincy, IL
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We are not able to come up with the perfect words to let you all know how deeply sorry we are for your loss. He is with the Lord & our prayer's are with you all.
From:
Sheila Hermesmeyer
Quincy, IL
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Dear Lori and Family,
Words can not be expressed enough to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. So, I'll tell you a little story about my first encounter meeting Luke. It was at a soccer field when our daughters were young at a practice. Luke was about 3 - 4 years old and he came up to you so proud and pulled out of his pocket a frog and a grasshopper. I will always cherish that memory of him.
From:
Greg and Chris Vaughn
Quincy, IL
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Jeff, Lori and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. May God, family and friends help you through this diffucult time. Prayers and Hugs
From:
Kathy & John Ridder
Quincy, IL
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Keeping everyone in our hearts and prayers. So sad to hear about Luke.
From:
Greg and Chris Altmix
Quincy, IL
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Jeff and Lori - Please know that you are being lifted up in prayer by your entire Quincy family. My heart breaks for you. Luke had a positive impact on many people. His smile was contagious. May God carry you through this. Love and Hugs.
From:
Dave and Marlene Van Matre
Mahomet, IL
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We are so sorry for the sudden profound loss of your son Luke. We are not supposed to ask God why He has taken him at such a young age but know He does have a reason which will be understood when Luke meets you at the entrance to heaven. May you find peace and comfort with family and close friends in the months to come as you advance through the grieving process. Healing prayers daily for you and your family
From:
Richard & Fern Heitholt
Yorkville, IL
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Dear Bob, Mary Jo, Jeff, Lori and family,
We bow our heads today to honor the meaningful life of your wonderful grandson, son and brother. May God bless you and support you as you feel Luke's eternal. presence. Best wishes.
From:
Heather Wardlow
Winchester, IL
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Ash and Robbie - You are all in my prayers. There is nothing I can say to express my extreme sadness for you.
From:
Janice Vogel
Quincy, IL
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Lori and family: so sorry for your loss.
From:
Michele Hannant
Griggsviile, IL
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Lori and family
I am saddened and no words can express how much I am thinking about you and your family. Praying for peace during this difficult time. Hugs to all.
From:
Amy Moore
Missoula, MT
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So sorry for your loss...I know that Luke loved living in Montana... he will be missed.... Amy
From:
Jill Foley
Quincy, IL
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This is the most loving and beautiful tribute I have ever read! Luke's heaven is a place where he can roam free in God's nature and infinite love and care. Prayers of strength and peace for his family
From:
Andrew O'Donnell
St. Louis, MO
Comments:
Robbie and Family,
So incredibly sorry for your loss. May God's grace comfort you during this time.
From:
Tony & Dana Moore
Jacksonville, IL
Comments:
Jeff Lori & all,

So sorry for your loss.You are all in Our Thoughts and Prayers
From:
Robin Seaver
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Lori, Jeff, and family,

Words cannot express how deeply sorry I am for your loss.
From:
Cara Starke
Bonnots Mill, MO
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Love, prayers, and sympathy from the Starke family. I believe I only met Luke once a few summers ago but it was easy to see his love for fishing and the little lake that our families share. May you find peace in God's love and beauty.
From:
Chris Duvall
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Jeff, Lori and family, I am so truly sorry for the loss of your sweet son. My thoughts and prayers for peace, understanding, and comfort go out to your entire family. May God bless you all!
From:
Barb Duesterhaus & Family
Quincy, IL
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We are so very sorry for your incredible loss. Please know that we are all praying and thinking of your family at this time. Keep your faith!
From:
Angie (Bick) Calvert
Beaufort, SC
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Sending many prayers and thoughts to your family.
From:
Susie Hogan Mitchell
Hollister, MO
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Jeff and Lori and family!
We are so very sorry for the loss of your Luke. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sorrowful time. May his Peace lift you up. Love you Cuz!
From:
Bj menne
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Jeff and Lori, I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I knew just the right words to tell you that. But I know that God loves you and I love you.
From:
Jackson
lafayette, LA
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He was a great leader in the Boyscouts, Troop 5, and on the soccer field.
From:
Yvonne Obert Campbell
Quincy, IL
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Thoughts and Big prayers go out to you and the whole family. There is nothing I can say to express my sorrow so sorry for your loss. You have a beautiful angel looking over all of you!!
From:
Sue and Jerry Schmidt
Quincy, IL
Comments:
Jeff and Lori
No words can ever express the sadness one feels, no parent ever expects to have to go through this. After reading his eloquent obituary, I feel like I knew him, even though we had never met. What an exceptional young man you raised. It sounds like God needed him for something greater than we all can imagine. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Your son Luke will be watching over you always.
From:
Don Benz
Quincy, IL
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Jeff and Family - I am sorry for your loss - I wish you peace
From:
Michael and Jacque O'Connor
Milwaukee, WI
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mayfield family.
From:
Tim and Mary Jo Terwelp
Quincy, IL
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Lori and family. We are at a loss for words. Please know that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Hugs to you all.
From:
Sheldon, Teresa, and Ciara Robinson
Quincy, IL
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Dear Lord, you're Holy Spirit prays for us even when we do not know how to pray. Send your spirit to comfor them in their need and loss, and help to commend Jeff and Lori, Robert and Alli, and all Luke's family and friends in your merciful care. Praying the wonderful memories will give you some comfort and peace in this difficult time, and tears of happiness with each fond memory! Our thoughts and prayers are forever with you and you're beloved Luke, we all love you!
From:
Bob & Terri Brewer
Quincy, IL
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A truly beautiful & emotional tribute to Luke... Feels like we knew him & wish we had. Thoughts & prayers to your family.
From:
Julia and Joel Gilstrap
Water Valley, TX
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Jeff and Lori. We are so very sorry for the loss of your son Luke. Praying God's comfort, peace and strength surround you all. Heaven has gained an angel.
From:
Matt Anderson
Quincy, IL
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From my family to yours,

We send our deepest condolences for your loss. Luke was not only loved by your family but by a community and will be greatly missed.
From:
Dick & Pat Wentura
Quincy, IL
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Dear Mayfield Family,
After reading Luke's obituary we felt we must let you know that we think it is the most loving and wonderful tribute we have ever read.
Cherish only good memories!
Sincerely,
Dick & Pat Wentura
From:
Greg & Jody Frese
Quincy, IL
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Jeff, Lori and family. We were so sorry to hear about Luke's passing. Although we never met Luke, it was great to read what a beautiful person he is. Know that our hearts and prayers go out to you all.
From:
John & Jane Peterson & Family
Quincy, IL
Comments:
So very sorry for your loss. We knew Luke mostly in scouts. He enjoyed everything he partipated in. We were recently in West Yellowtone and know the angels carried him from God's country into paridise. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute with all of us and sharing Luke with so many who loved him. RIP Luke
From:
Elizabeth Johnson
St. Louis, MO
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Jeff - So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are being sent to you and your family from Canfield & Joseph.
From:
Scott and Kara Harris
Carlinville, IL
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What beautiful words. We are so sorry for your loss. Your Family will be in our prayers.
From:
Marilyn Walker and family
Quincy, IL
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Bob, MaryJo, Lori, Jeff and family-
My heart breaks for you and the precious Luke. We will all remember you in our prayers.
Marilyn, Jill, Eric and families
From:
Matt Weseman
Idaho Falls, ID
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I really regret never remembering Luke. I think I would of liked him a lot. As second cousins I really missed my chance and living so close. Jeff and Lori, my heart pains for your loss, such a tragedy. I will continue praying for your peace.
From:
Edward Vanover
Niskayuna, NY
Comments:
God called Luke to be with Him and explore His rivers and streams where the hatches are always on.
Remember to Him those of us you've left behind.
God's Grace and Strength to those he left behind.
From:
Mark Livingston
Ogden, UT
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Luke was an exceptionally great man. He was always so helpful when I would go in to the shop. I wish I could have got to know him better. My condolences to the family he will truly be missed.
From:
Mike Rogers
San Jose, CA
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I met Luke in West Yellowstone this past Summer and was immediately taken by his infectious enthusiasm for Montana and fly fishing. His smile lit up the shop from morning to quitting time. The good Lord took a great man from us this week. Am most certain that he's stream side in heaven looking down at this family and friends today saying..."don't worry about me -- after Montana the next best place you can fish is here!" Rest in peace Luke.
From:
Kirk Giloth
Seattle, WA
Comments:
I only saw Luke once, on Monday September 28, 2015. It was a slow afternoon @ Blue Ribbon Flies and when I walked in I asked Luke how the fishing was in the park. For the next 20 nminuted luke and I were huddled in front of the shop's computer screen looking @ the headwaters of the Madison River on google maps searching for the best lies for spawning Brown Trout. I have never met a more enthusiastic or engaging young man in recent memory. There should be more people like Luke, the world would be a better place. R.I.P. Luke.
From:
Jay Nelson
Davenport, IA
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I had the privilege of meeting Luke at Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone 2 summers ago with my father. We struck up a conversation about being from the Midwest and he immediately asked if we would want to fish with him. During our week stay on the Madison, we fished multiple times with Luke. Luke left an indelible impression on my father and me. We will always think of Luke on our annual trip to the Madison. Thank you, Luke. May you rest in peace.
From:
Kelly Geiss
Big Sky, MT
Comments:
Dear Mayfield & BRF Families,
My most sincere condolences on the loss of a great man. I never met Luke, but wish I had. He sounds like an amazing young man. I am so happy he embraced all that God and Montana have to offer. Peace be with you.
From:
Steven Mentink
Redding, CA
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Luke was the first person I saw in Blue Ribbon when I arrived this year. Luke welcome me with a huge smile and proceeded to get me ready for the season, Luke would always spend plenty of time giving me tips where to fish and make sure I had everything I needed, of the dozen times I saw hime this year he was always full of energy and smiling. Luke was great person that I with miss.Thank You Luke spending time with me in the shop
From:
Jessica R. McCabe
Quincy, IL
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I work for a local law firm. My dear coworker has a tendency to browse the obituaries. Undoubtedly her heart will get heavy, her mood will grow somber - I tell her to quit reading them. This morning she said, "THIS obituary - it's different - you have to read it." She was right. Although we did not know your loved one, I feel compelled to write this short note to you and your family and express our deepest sympathies. To whoever took the time and thought to write such a beautiful narrative of the precious life of Luke Mayfield � thank you. God bless your family. - Secretaries of Mays, Walden & Anastas, P.C.
From:
Dee & Vernon Obrien
Durham, MO
Comments:
Lori, Jeff & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. Love and prayers to all of you.
From:
Dan Keifer
Huntingdon Vall, PA
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I am deeply saddened by the news of Luke's death. It is hard to imagine that such a cheerful, energetic young man could pass way too soon. My thoughts and deepest condolences are with Luke's family.
I knew Luke from being a customer in Blue Ribbon Fly Shop for the past two seasons. I got to watch Luke grow from a green rookie in the shop to a very knowledgeable and warm customer service guy. His passion for trout fishing was obvious every moment. He was in his very own sweet spot there in Yellowstone Country and the BRF shop, and it showed. Luke always shared his fishing knowledge freely and infectiously. He really enjoyed it when I returned to the shop with a report on how I had done. I'll be back in Yellowstone, I'll be back in the fly shop, but it just won't be the same without Luke behind the counter.