A common thread was shared among friends of David Blake in recent days: “I’m better for having known him.”
David passed away on Nov. 27, but he will carry on in the hearts of those whose lives he touched through his love, generosity, compassion, loyalty, exuberance, contagious sense of humor and infectious laugh.
David Michael Blake was born to Ina and Robert Blake on Oct. 27, 1969, in Berlin, Wis. He displayed his artistic talents at a young age, winning numerous awards for his work. He also received recognition for raising market animals during his youth as an active 4-H member.
Following graduation from UW-Stout in 1992, Dave began his career as a graphic artist at Eastbay Inc. in Wausau. While his accomplishments were many at Eastbay, nothing matched meeting Karrie. They were married on June 16, 2001.
Dave had a wide range of interests and passions. In addition to art, he loved sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers. He was a dog lover who provided many laughs through the tales he wrote about the misadventures of his own dogs. He was an old soul when it came to music; always proud to display his fandom for the likes of Neil Diamond and Bob Seger.
One interest that was not high on Dave’s list was travel. He didn’t feel the need to experience any far away destinations. He found the love of his life in Karrie and the joys of his life in their children, Ian, Shilo and Kennedy. He was an amazing husband and father who saw life through the eyes of an artist, enjoying the beauty and finding fulfillment in simple things. We can all learn from his example.
David continually strived to expand his craft as an artist. His talents in drawing, graphics, painting and sculpting are displayed in his many works. He also became an accomplished woodworker, built the family’s dining room table, remodeled their home and built an addition. Whether it was on the job at TD Fischer Group in Wausau, doing a home improvement project or tackling an art piece, Dave took pride in his work.
The legendary artist Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” No problem for Dave. He never lost his youthful spirit. Keep him in your hearts and remember his laughter.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ina Blake, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ivan and Sandra Thurs.
He is survived by his wife, Karrie; their children, Ian, Shilo and Kennedy; his brother Jonathan (Nancy) Blake; sisters-in-law, Michelle (James) Korducki, Jen (Matthew) Seliger, Katie (Michael) Dymora, and Jamie (Steve) Dalton; nieces and nephews, Alexander (Michelle), Anna and Amy Blake, Jeremiah and Amanda Steidinger, Tom and Laura Seliger, and Melony and Morgan Bolling; extended family; and a long list of dear friends.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1101 Elm Street in Wausau. The service will begin at 4 p.m. followed by fellowship. Burial will follow on Monday, Dec. 3.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in David’s name.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com