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Jarron Lucas Remembered With Chumash Rites at Chatsworth Nature Preserve

As a member of the Southwestern Herpetologists Society, he taught rattlesnake awareness classes.

Friends and family gathered at the Chatsworth Nature Preserve to honor the life of Jarron Lucas. An advocate for the Preserve, he died recently at 66.

Jarron led a passionate life embracing the native American cultures.   A Chumash ceremony enriched by the Hopi as well as the Aztec cultures was led by Ceremonial Elder Mati Waiya.  Family and friends were invited into the Inner Circle to share their memories and love for their special brother, nephew, and friend.  This Sacred Fire carried their messages to Jarron.

Jarron was extremely active in the Southwestern Herpetologists Society (SWHS).   He had a love for mountain biking and spent countless hours maintaining mountain bike trails throughout the Encino Reservoir.     

As a water plant operator for the LADWP, he taught numerous rattlesnake awareness classes for their employees as well as to the park rangers at various nature centers throughout the county.  He was also responsible for leading  many workshops, exhibits, field trips, and camping trips for SWHS throughout the southwest.    

Jarron's legacy to future generations will be to care and protect the Chatsworth Nature Preserve, a special place that was the very heart and soul of Jarron Lucas.    

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Carla Bollinger October 18, 2012 at 04:11 AM
It was a beautiful ceremony, Chumash blessing, and tribute to a man who gave so much to others ... the gifts of knowledge and respect for the natural world, and kindness to humans and animals. Many will miss him. Carla Bollinger SSMPA Board Member Chatsworth Nature Preserve Coalition Delegate

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