In Memory of Aaron Sean Luoma

Aaron Sean Luoma of Eustis, Florida, died on January 7, 2015, at forty-seven years of age. He died of a genetic heart defect in Falls Church, Virginia, surrounded by his family. Aaron was born on November 9, 1967, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Aaron received a B.A. in 1989 from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, an M.A. from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 2005, and a degree from Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida, in 2013 as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

Aaron considered himself a citizen of the world. He worked for the Armed Forces Recreational Services in Garmisch, Germany, spent seven years in Japan teaching English as a second language at an adult language school and at Kansei Gakuin Junior High School, served as a volunteer coordinator for the Border Servant Corps in El Paso, Texas, worked for the Democracy Center in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and was a case worker in Virginia for immigrants and refugees. He traveled to over forty countries and in the process became fluent in Japanese and Spanish, became an amateur photographer, selling many of his photos, and a published author.

Aaron was known as a giving person, giving of himself in many volunteer capacities: as a volunteer on several Habitat projects, most notably, The Jimmy Carter International Habitat Program in the Philippines, and as an election observer in Sri Lanka. Aaron served locally as a Hospice volunteer. He literally gave himself away at the end of life by offering his organs for transplant and use in scientific research.

Aaron is survived by his parents Pastor John and Gracia Luoma of Leesburg, Florida., his brother Dr. Jason Luoma of Portland, Oregon, and his wife, Anabel Landa of Fairfax, Virginia.

His memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 14, 11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 250 Avenida Los Angelos, The Villages, Florida , Pastor Jon-Marc MacLean presiding. Donations in his memory may be made to Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas.

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