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Blake Burgess

April 27, 1999 — October 4, 2020

Blake Burgess

Robert Blake Burgess, 21, of Edmond, unexpectedly passed into eternal life on October 4, 2020 at Norman Regional Hospital from complications associated with a pulmonary embolism.Blake, affectionately known as "Blaker," "Blakester," "QB1," "Bert," or "Nixon," was born on April 27, 1999.Blake lived his brief two decades to the absolute fullest! His life was filled with deep friendships, humble competition and endless outdoor adventures which included hunting, water sports and snow skiing, and he never backed down from a good dare. Blake was a valued teammate in youth sports, including numerous basketball and baseball teams and, most notably, his Mojo little league football team. He was a 2018 graduate of Edmond Memorial High School where he wore #10 and led the Bulldogs as Quarterback and was awarded MVP both freshman and senior year. Blake also played on the varsity golf team and was a treasured leader both on and off the field.Sooner born and Sooner bred, Blake currently attended the University of Oklahoma where he pursued a degree in Entrepreneurship and was recently accepted into Price College of Business. A beloved member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Blake thrived on leading his SigEp brothers on the intramurals field and occasionally taking their money in a friendly poker game. He planned to pursue his own business following graduation and envisioned a beautiful life with high school sweetheart and future bride, Jaci. The adorable couple loved to imagine long-term plans for building a family together focused on adventure!Blake loved his family very dearly and was the ultimate protector of his younger sister, Brooke, as demonstrated anytime a boy entered the house. He loved traveling with his family and especially treasured time with his dad watching OU football and playing golf. Blake had an incredibly special bond with his mom and always wanted to be sure she was protected and cared for. He also loved dogs and hand-picked his current chocolate lab whom he named "Baker" (of course)!As a kind, humble and loyal friend, Blake impacted countless lives. In his final days, the ICU waiting room was constantly packed with visitors, and the outpouring of prayers and love for Blake served as a true testament that he was a friend to all!Blake is survived and forever loved by his parents, Karrie and Bobby Burgess, and his sister, Brooke. Additionally, he will be dearly missed by his grandparents Liz and Bob Burgess, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins, Belinda and Jerry Speights (Paige and Matt); Becky Robbins (Rachel and Clayton); Brenda and Pat Holder (Beth and Austin); preceded in death by grandparents, Johnie and Ken "Sugar" Smith. Sugar Pa and John John welcomed him with open arms when he walked through Heaven's gate!There is no doubt that Blake is God's "First Round Draft Pick." Until we see you again, keep throwing those beautiful passes in Heaven!A viewing will be Wednesday, October 7th from 9 am-7 pm at Smith & Kernke, 14624 N May Avenue. A Celebration of life to follow on Thursday, Oct 8th at 2pm, Life.Church in Edmond (I-35 location). Masks are required. In honor of Blake's competitive spirit, please wear your favorite sports jersey/apparel. He would not want anything formal.
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