Ross Hunter Lasris, 27, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022 in Missouri City, Texas.
Ross was born on February 6th, 1995 with a kidney disease which he had to learn to manage as a child. After overcoming a kidney failure at age 11, Ross was able to live with his disease and then his light truly began to shine. As a kid, Ross was a natural at baseball. He played Select baseball until he transitioned to excel in other sports including soccer (where, at one point, an opposing team thought he was a “ringer”), football, and tennis.
Ross’s light extended outside of sports as well. Ross earned his Eagle Scout rank after many years as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout; he could be found biking and skateboarding around the neighborhood with his many friends; was an excellent pianist; and he was a gifted and talented student. As a teenager, Ross discovered his affection for Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and began to attend EDM concerts whenever he could. Ross took up a form of illuminated performance art, called Poi, as his creative outlet, which he could show off at these concerts. Ross’s light truly shone brightly in anything he tried (even literally, when he experimented with fire-spinning).
Ross was a Houston, Texas resident his whole life. Being from “H-town” meant a lot to Ross – he loved the local music scene, like DJ Screw and rapper Z-ro. He could be heard driving around town, bass-thumping to them wherever he went. Being so close to the Johnson Space Center fueled his love for learning, especially about space, physics, the Universe, and his place in it. Ross was an avid reader, and the physicists Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene were staple authors on his reading list. As much as he appreciated his Houston roots, Dunkirk, New York was his favorite place on Earth. Ross spent every summer and winter at his beloved Grandma’s beach home. It was there that he made some of his best friends as he rode barefoot around the neighborhood on his bike to search for beach bonfire supplies or to go buy candy from the corner store. He was always super excited to see his family from the area, especially his cousins. Spending the holidays there with his family created some of his most cherished memories and his smile lit up the room.
Ross loved animals, especially his black cat he rescued named Cookie, who he called “Cooks”. He also enjoyed brightly colored artwork, taking reflective walks around the neighborhood, Gummy worms, documentaries, making string art, fine dining, and the latest technology.
Ross worked at his father’s business, Olympia Business Products, and wanted to be a day trader after finishing school. More than that, he wanted to be a loving and devoted father to his son, Oliver, who was his reason for living. The book Ross found most impactful was “A Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. In this book, Frankl, says that if a man has a “why”, he can figure out almost any “how” and for Ross’s life, Oliver was his “why”.
Ross is survived by his son, Oliver Mason Lasris, and Oliver’s mother, Hannah Gonzalez; his parents, Morris and Lisa Lasris; his brother Reece Lasris; his sister and brother-in-law, Madison and Chris Harris; his aunt and uncle, Linda and Eric Niedbalski and his many additional aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved him more than he could have ever imagined. His light will continue to shine in all our memories, and he will forever be missed. Ross will be buried next to his grandmother, Noama Gallagher, in Dunkirk, which is what he would have wanted.
In lieu of flowers, donations can made to Saving Our Companion Animals – Fort Bend County at
in Ross’s honor.