Luke Aaron Clements, 27, of Portland and Cumberland, died unexpectedly Nov. 22, 2010, as a result of complications from a lifelong struggle with diabetes.

Luke was born in Portland Sept. 3, 1983, the son of Amy (Hooper) Clements and Douglas Clements.

Luke was educated in Cumberland schools and graduated from Greely High School, class of 2002. Luke played the French horn and trumpet in the school band, learned to play the piano from his mother at an early age and taught himself how to play the violin and guitar. He also played soccer and received the good sportsmanship award. Luke was a team player whom anyone would want on their team.

He had a wry sense of humor. He enjoyed painting in oils and watercolor and had a brain for a good game of chess. After graduation he attended Taylor University in Indiana, Gordon College in Massachusetts and was currently enrolled at USM, focusing on completing premed studies. He was a licensed EMT.

Luke was a member of the Vineyard Church of Greater Portland and his Christian faith was an important part of his life. Summer vacations at Rumney Bible Conference in the White Mountains of New Hampshire were a treasured family time together where many wonderful friendships were formed. Loyalty was always an important character trait of Luke’s through the years, as were reliability, trustworthiness, kindness and compassion. He was a protective big brother for his sister, Liz. Luke loved animals and had a special affection for reptiles.

Luke loved his family, whether it was visiting family in Arizona, the family dairy farm in Monroe or helping with the family business, it was all quality time. He was a certified PADI diver and he and his father were planning a special diving trip next year. They also participated together in the Dempsey Challenge last month for the first time, and it looked like it was going to become a yearly event for them.

He is survived by his mother and father of Cumberland; a sister, Elizabeth Clements, of Portland; a grandmother, Doris Hooper, of North Yarmouth; his grandparents Walter and Connie Clements of Monroe; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.

A celebration of life was held for Luke Nov. 28 at Vineyard Church of Greater Portland, Westbrook. There will be a private family burial in Pilgrim’s Home Cemetery in Monroe at a later time. Visit to view a video collage of Luke’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with the Clements family.

For those who wish, donations may be made in Luke’s memory to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, New England/Northern New England, 175 Ammon Drive, Suite 201, Manchester, NH 03103 or Homeless Animal Rescue Team, P.O. Box 351, Cumberland, ME 04021.