Former San Jacinto College student and SJC employee Jeremy Choate passed away on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Choate attended the College in the mid 1990s as a theatre student.  He worked for at the Central Campus as the Slocomb Auditorium Event Coordinator from 2002 to 2006.

Many comments on Facebook evince what those close to Choate thought of his character and work.

“Fresh Arts Coalition” executive director Jenni Rebecca Stephenson writes that her “heart is heavy with the loss of a great Houston artist taken from us all too soon.” Acclaimed photographer Lynn Lane posted that “the world lost one of the most amazing lighting artists and people that has ever graced this planet,” and that “his work has been an integral part of the Houston Arts/Dance/Theater world and has extended far beyond the Texas borders.”

His passing is also deeply mourned within the Houston arts community.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, beginning at 11 a.m.

The service will be held at Zilkha Hall, located inside the Hobby Center in downtown Houston, 800 Bagby Street, 77002.

Organizers are asking those attending not to wear black, as Jeremy’s life was about color. No flowers either, please.