Lance Pierce

Gresham, 1993-2017

Lance Able Pierce, 24, of Gresham, died Dec. 1, 2017, at his home surrounded by loved ones.

There will be a celebration of life and potluck to honor Lance and his mother, Leslie Lakings, who died Nov. 24, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Veterans Memorial Club, Post 3048, 2005 Valley Ave. in Baker City.

Lance was born on May 1, 1993, at Newport to Leslie Lakings and Allen Pierce.

Lance was a special, unique individual. From an early age his family knew he would accomplish great things.

His greatest gift was teaching. He taught many how to communicate with actions not words and that it’s OK to be different. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met in a positive way, family members said.

Lance “lived in the moment,” writing his own rules and telling his own stories. Lance beat unbeatable odds, paving the way for others. He fought a good fight all his life with his many disabilities but he showed all never to underestimate him. His final battle with cancer was just too much for him.

Lance had a deep unspoken bond with his mother, Leslie Lakings, his grandmother, Bobbie, and the rest of the village “he” raised.

Survivors include his aunts, Gwendolyn Cullum of Baker City and Samantha “Sam” Lakings of Canyonville; his uncles, David Lakings of Chiniak, Alaska, and Donald Lakings of Washington; cousins, Andrea, Michelle, Salena, Sarena, Willow, Deliah, Waylon, Brittney, Katelynn and Jami; and his extended family, Darrin and Tami Schenk and Jose and Sonya of Gresham.

Lance was preceded in death by his mother, Leslie Lakings; his grandmother, Bobbie; and his cousin, Bobby.

Memorial contributions in honor of Lance may be made directly to Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., to assist the family with expenses.

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