Lucas DeSario, a 2006 graduate of East Hampton High School, died at sea on June 27 after having been missing for several weeks. He was 35.
He was born at Southampton Hospital on March 30, 1988, and lived most of his life in East Hampton.
Mr. DeSario loved to take photos, especially of water, sunsets, rocks, and birds, and had “an incredible ability to capture natural beauty,” his family wrote. His artwork was on display for many years at Fierro’s Pizza in East Hampton Village, where he was a friendly face at the counter and worked almost every position for 12 years.
“His big heart and engaging smile were warmly shared with many in our community,” his family wrote. They would joke that “he was the mayor of East Hampton Village, because it was hard to go anywhere without Luke striking up a conversation with someone he recognized from the store.”
His “great joy” was when he was with his wife, Edna Lucia (Lucy) Guzmán DeSario, and her young children, Armando and Adriano. The couple was married “on the coldest day of 2020 on Clam Island, and despite the sub-zero wind chills, their love for each other warmed everyone’s souls,” his family wrote. They “had fun adventures in Mexico, where he met her family, and they will remember him as a happy and loving person.”
“Luke struggled with some dark times, but he was a light in so many lives,” his family wrote, describing his “huge heart” and capacity for unconditional love. “He will be remembered for his piercing blue eyes, infectious smile, and his love of cuddling with his niece and nephew.”
In addition to his wife and stepchildren, who live in East Hampton, he is survived by his father and best friend, Michael DeSario, and stepmother, Liz Lattuga, also of East Hampton; his siblings, Liz DeSario Giordano of Barrington, R.I., and Zack DeSario of East Hampton; his brother-in-law, Tom Giordano, and young nephew and niece, Thomas and Julia. He also leaves two close friends whom his family called “brothers-in-spirit,” Beni Shoshi of East Hampton and Jesse Rosenthal of Portland, Me. His mother, Kate Crosby, died before him.
The family will receive visitors on July 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. He will be buried on July 21, at 10 a.m. at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton. Guests have been encouraged to wear white or blue to the memorial service to celebrate his life.
His family has suggested memorial donations to the Springs Food Pantry, 5 Old Stone Highway in East Hampton 11937, or to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, online at nami.org.
This obituary has been updated to reflect a change in the location of Mr. DeSario's memorial service on July 21.