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The Joy and Spirit of Logan Blake

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The bond between a father and son can be one of life's strongest relationships. Now, a Cedar Rapids father is sharing precious memories of his son after a tragic accident this week.

Seventeen year old Logan Blake died Monday after raging flood waters swept him into a storm sewer. But that is not how his dad wants Logan to be remembered. Mark Blake says if you didn't know Logan, you would have wanted to.

"Yeah, he drove it through two winters," says Mark Blake as he describes the red Volkswagon Jetta Logan joyously received for his sixteenth birthday.  Now just over a year later, it's a bright red heartbreaking reminder of a life lost much too soon. "I'm parking it behind the house because every time you pull up it's like, oh, Logan's here."

Mark Blake met CBS2 at Bever Park because it's one of the many places in the great outdoors where Logan loved to play. "Every time we came down here, I don't care where we was at, he'd want to get on this rock.
He'd want to come play on this rock ever since he was that big," remembers Mark as he lowers his hand to just above his knee. Logan called it the "Rock of Hope," now symbolic of his positive and adventurous spirit.  His father recalls one good example of Logan's fearlessness. "He went right down in a hole and grabbed a snappin' turtle with his hand and brought it right out when he was 14 years old and my uncle's eyes were this big and (Logan's) like, 'Pull me up I've got it."

Mark says Logan was also a people person, a mature teenager who looked outside of himself. "When he came in a room, the whole room got better.  When he came in a room, his smile was infectious and he wanted everybody there to feel good." He was always that way, says Mark, remembering when Logan was only five years old meeting a business client of his. "So he's patting Logan on the head, and (Logan) reached up and he grabbed his hand and he pulled his face down and said, (shaking his hand), 'It's good to meet you sir, happy birthday."

Polite, respectful, outgoing and friendly. That was Logan Blake. Boasts Mark, "I've heard it my whole life, from teachers, from students, from everybody, 'This kid's awesome.'  And I just wanted people to know that's who we lost.  We lost a really good guy."

Logan's funeral is set for Saturday morning, July 5. The Salvation Army has donated a plot at Cedar Memorial. If you would like to help with funeral expenses, memorials in Logan's honor may be made to Farmer's State Bank in Marion.
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