Deceased Marine’s artwork on SLU yearbook cover _lowres

Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- A lion drawn by Jeffery Lynn Kirk, a decorated veteran and the deceased son and brother of Southeastern Louisiana University alumni, adorns the cover of the 2015 ‘Le Souvenir,’ the university’s annual student yearbook.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s 2015 edition of “Le Souvenir,” the university’s annual student yearbook, bears cover artwork drawn by Jeffery Lynn Kirk.

Kirk is the deceased son of SLU alumni Lisa and Peter Kirk, of Abita Springs, and brother of SLU alumnus Benjamin Kirk.

Editor-in-Chief Fernanda Chagas, a senior graphic design and printmaking major from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, had spoken of her difficulties in finding artwork of a lion for the cover to friend Lisa Kirk.

“When I learned that Fernanda was looking for a lion, I knew I had one that my son, Jeffery Lynn, had drawn,” Lisa Kirk said. “I didn’t know if she would use it, but I said, ‘If you want it, it’s yours.’ It was like it was meant to be. It was fate.”

Chagas said the artwork was perfect and exactly what she had envisioned for the cover.

Jeffery Kirk enlisted in the Marine Corps a few months after his high school graduation. He served two tours of duty in the Middle East, where he died in fall 2004 with five fellow Marines in a firefight with enemy combatants. He posthumously was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster.

Jeffery Kirk’s younger brother, Benjamin Kirk, graduated from SLU in May with a degree in accounting and is employed in the north shore area.

“It took on a new meaning for me to see the artwork on my senior yearbook,” Benjamin Kirk said.

“It made me feel proud to know that I’ll be able to look at it in the future, and it will have the good memories of my college experience and of my brother.”