Lucas James Roland

December 12, 2013 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 10) 10 Years Old

Lucas Roland Obituary

Lucas James Roland, a bright spark in the lives of all who knew him, passed away on January 18, 2024, at the tender age of 10. Born on December 12, 2013, in San Bernardino, CA, Lucas was the kind of kid who brought laughter and joy into every room he entered, much like a rare Pokémon that brings a smile to the face of a lucky trainer. He departed this world in Riverside, CA, after a valiant battle with leukemia, leaving behind a legacy of love, humor, and friendship that will be cherished forever.


Lucas, known for his quick wit and infectious giggle, had the uncanny ability to turn even the mundane into a moment of delight. He was the heart and soul of the Roland family, which includes his loving mother Amanda Ortiz, his dedicated father Richard Roland, his protective older brother Kellan, and his adoring younger sister Macie. His grandmothers, along with a troupe of aunts, uncles, and cousins, were his adoring fans and partners in crime, always ready for another one of Lucas's legendary escapades.


During his time at Camino Real Elementary School, Lucas shone bright as a beacon of kindness and humor. In 4th grade, his charm and dedication earned him the title of Student of the Month in September 2023, a testament to his natural ability to excel and make friends along the way. His teachers and classmates will remember him as the kid who could find the funny in fractions and the amusement in the alphabet.


Lucas's passion for Pokémon was unmatched, with Snorlax holding the title of his favorite character—a fitting choice for a boy whose personality was as large and comforting as the beloved sleepy giant. He was the master of video game adventures, leading his brother Kellan and his cousins through digital realms with the same courage and gusto he approached life.


People often say that laughter is the best medicine, and Lucas was a natural-born healer. His loving, funny, and friendly nature made him a favorite among his peers. He was the kind of friend you could count on for a joke to lighten the mood or a kind word when you needed it most. Lucas had the rare gift of making every day feel like you had just caught the best Pokémon on your first try.


While Lucas's time with us was far too short, the memories he created are as timeless as the classic video games he loved to play. His legacy is not defined by the length of his life but by the depth of the impact he had on those around him. He showed us that life, like a good game, is about the joy of playing, not just the final score.


As we say our goodbyes to Lucas James Roland, let's not focus on the game over but rather on the high score of happiness he achieved. Let's remember the laughter, the love, and the light he brought into our lives. Lucas may have completed his final level here on earth, but the power-up he provided to our hearts will remain forever.


In the words of the Pokémon theme song Lucas cherished, he "taught us what we needed to know" about courage, friendship, and joy. So, while we mourn the loss of our dear Lucas, let's also celebrate the wonderful life he led and the countless lives he touched. He was our Snorlax: a giant in spirit, a protector of joy, and a forever friend in our hearts. Rest in peace, dear Lucas. Your game was truly legendary.

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