Jack Lorentzen was a senior manager of customer experience at Brooklinen, a fiancé, a father, a son, a brother, and a friend. He passed away on December 24, 2022, at the age of 30, due to a drug overdose. His death was a shock and a tragedy for his family and friends, who remembered him as a joyful and passionate man who brought light into every room he entered.
A Happy Child and a Talented Swimmer
Jack Lorentzen was born on October 26, 1992, in Summit, New Jersey, six minutes before his twin sister, Charlotte. He grew up in a loving family, with his parents, Susan and Kent Lorentzen, and his older brother, Adam. He was an amazingly happy child, who enjoyed the company of many friends. He was also a gifted swimmer, who set many records and won many championships as a member of the Westfield YMCA swim team and the co-captain of his high school swim team. He was active in his church, where he served in the soup kitchen and participated in mission trips.
Jack attended and graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in marketing. He also swam for Lehigh, making finals in all four of his events at the Patriot League finals as a freshman. He was passionate about learning new things, and had a keen interest in history, politics, and culture.
A Loving Fiancé and a Devoted Father
In 2016, Jack met his fiancé, soul mate, and love of his life, Jack Ciapciak. They were engaged to be married in the autumn of 2023, and their relationship was the defining force in Jack’s life. They were incredibly happy together, and shared their love for music, art, and literature. Jack was also a loving father to his daughter, Charlotte, who was his pride and joy.
Jack was passionate about his role as senior manager of customer experience at Brooklinen, a company that sells luxury bedding and home essentials. He loved his job, and worked diligently to provide the best service and products to his customers. He was admired and respected by his colleagues and bosses, who praised him for his creativity, enthusiasm, and leadership.
A Loyal Friend and a Bright Light
Jack had a close bond with his twin sister, Charlotte, who was his lifelong companion and best friend. They supported each other through their hardships, and shared their love for music, art, and literature. They were inseparable, and completed each other. Jack also had a strong relationship with his older brother, Adam, who was his confidant and mentor. They spoke at length and often, and shared their joys and sorrows.
Jack had many friends, who loved him for his radiant smile, his generous heart, and his witty sense of humor. He was caring, undeniably beautiful, smart, funny, engaging, and loving. He was always there for his friends, and never hesitated to help them in any way he could. He was especially close to Whitney Weldon, who has a rare disorder called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), which causes the muscles and connective tissues to turn into bone. Jack was a source of support and comfort for Whitney, and helped raise awareness and funds for FOP research.
A Sad Ending and a Lasting Memory
Jack struggled with drug addiction for most of his adult life, and had several run-ins with the law. He also suffered from mental health issues, such as depression and bipolar disorder. He tried to overcome his problems, but never found the stability and happiness he deserved. He died of a drug overdose on Christmas Eve morning, at his fiancé’s parents’ home in St. Louis, Missouri. He was found unresponsive in his room, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jack’s death was mourned by his family and friends, who celebrated his life and honored his memory. His funeral was held on January 5, 2023, at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, New Jersey, where he had grown up. He was buried next to his father, who had died in 2018, at the Olive Branch Cemetery in Portsmouth, Virginia. A memorial service was also held on January 6, 2023, at the Old Dominion University Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia, where Jack had taught music for several years. The service featured performances by his friends and former students, who paid tribute to his musical talent and legacy.
Jack’s death marked the end of an era, as he was the last surviving member of the original Lorentzen family. His mother had died in 2019, and his sister had died in 2021. However, his memory lives on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him, and in the pages of his father’s books, which continue to inspire and entertain millions of readers around the world.