Zachary Demko, a 22 year old Tennessee/Texas man living in Longview, died on May 22, 2012 after a long fought battle with a rare form of cancer.
Zachary was, most importantly, a follower of Jesus Christ, and firmly believed that whatever his path, Christ was in control. He is described by those who knew him best as a sweet, charming, fun loving guy who brought joy to those he knew. While he was shy at first, once you got to know him, he was a pure joy to be around. Zachary was well loved and respected by friends and family and his professors. He was a student at Tennessee Technological University where he was studying Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation this summer, Zachary was scheduled to enter Letourneau University where he wanted to obtain a Masters in Bio-medical Engineering.
The last year of Zachary's life was a difficult one. Fighting cancer and finishing his undergraduate degree. Through it all, Zachary maintained a positive outlook on life. Never giving up the hope he had through Christ Jesus. Even though he is now passed on, he will leave behind a legacy of hope and struggle. A legacy that lets others know, even when dire situations come about, there is a hope and a comfort that you can turn to. A legacy that lets others know of the comfort and joy to be found in the arms of Jesus.
Zachary is survived by his parents, Jonathan and Carol, who are both graduates of Texas A&M University. He is also survived by his brothers Andrew and Jonathan. Andrew is a graduate student at Texas A&M, and Jonathan is currently working in Florida. Blythe Warlick, Zachary's grandmother, is a long time resident of College Station and currently still lives here. His grandmother Mary Demko lives in New York City. Zachary also leaves behind 10 cousins, 5 uncles, 3 aunts, and several friends across Tennessee and Texas.
A graduation celebration from earth to heaven will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at Memorial Chapel in College Station, Texas. Interment will follow at Providence Cemetery in Burleson County, Texas. A second memorial is being planned at the university he attended in Cookeville, Tennessee later this summer.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family is asking for donations to Mission Waco www.missionwaco.org
and a scholarship fund to Tennessee Technological University.