Jake Euker was known for his love of the arts

08/08/2012 5:00 AM

08/08/2012 9:37 AM

A free spirit died last week of complications from pneumonia.

Jake Edward Euker, known to countless Wichitans because of his passion for art, literature, film, music and many more things cerebral, died Friday. He was 50.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main in Hutchinson.

Mr. Euker was born Jan. 31, 1962, in Hutchinson. He graduated from Goddard High School and attended the University of Kansas.

“People don’t have any idea how much influence Jake had in the counter-culture, the artistic culture of this city,” said Wichitan Michael Carmody, a friend of Mr. Euker’s. “Jake was tirelessly behind the scenes making things happen, promoting all sorts of things.”

During the late 1990s, Mr. Euker was director of film programming at the Wichita Center for the Arts, bringing in various vintage, foreign and independent films. He also launched a film series at the 20th Century Club.

He wrote hundreds of reviews on films, produced local concerts and sometimes helped Tanya Tandoc of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen cater meals.

“I always worked with him when he needed employment, and I needed a spirit lifter,” Tandoc said.

“Jake was an important person in getting independent music to happen in Wichita. He was passionate about music and bands.

“He was involved in the arts community in an underground way. He touched a lot of people.”

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