Blake Reese

Obituary
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Blake Hardiman Reese, 26, died April 29, 2008, in Anchorage.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis, Tenn. A funeral will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Blake was born Nov. 19, 1981. He graduated from Germantown High School in Tennessee in 2000 and went on to attend college at the University of Montana and the University of Alaska, where he was a senior studying environmental science.
"An avid outdoorsman, his love for nature began early in life on fishing and hunting trips with his dad and brother," his family recalled. "Later, his devotion to the outdoors was nurtured during countless adventures: skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, ice climbing and kayaking. Though his passion was adventure and challenge, a favorite pastime was simply walking with Cayuse, his black lab of seven years.
"Equal to his love of the outdoors was his passion for creating music, particularly on the guitar and mandolin. Blake played many roles: songwriter, collaborator and bandmate, always integrating his unique personality comfortably with those around him, a trait reflected in each area of his life. A kind-hearted and genuine friend, Blake always gave back to his community and those in need, particularly through working with special needs individuals and protecting the environment.
"Blake was a loving and compassionate son, grandson, brother and friend."
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert "Ronnie" Reese; and grandfathers, Wyatt Lewis and Robert Reese.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Nancy (Lewis) and Jesse Thompson of Cordova, Tenn.; brother, Justin Lewis Reese of San Francisco; sister, Callie Alexandra Reese of Collierville, Tenn.; and grandmothers, Irene Langston Lewis of Germantown, Tenn., and Marjorie Hardiman Reese of Huntsville, Ala. Blake also leaves behind his aunt, Marianne Lewis Johnston; aunt and uncle, Wanda (Reese) and Frank Carlen; and cousins, Devin Carlen, Heather Carlen Johnson and Angela Johnston Segars.
The family requests that memorials be sent to one of the charities with which Blake was actively involved (or a local equivalent): HOPE Community Resources (Anchorage) and the Anchorage School District - ACT, both of which assist individuals with special needs or disabilities; the Alaska Center for the Environment; or Play-It-Again Memphis, a nonprofit program providing instruments to school children who cannot afford their own.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on May 3, 2008