Blake Joseph Kouri, 24, son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kouri passed away on November 16, 2009. In addition to his parents, Blake is survived by his brother Grant, sister, Nadia, grandparents, Albert & Donna Robino, and Pauline Kouri; aunts and uncles, Mike and Diane Robino, Tom and Robyn Krupp, Robbie Kouri, and Carolyn Kouri; cousins, Jeff and Jason Robino, Gabbie and Frannie Krupp and Kaitlyn Kouri. Blake graduated from Air Academy High School and was enrolled as a student at Graceland University in Iowa. He worked as a Wildland Firefighter for the U.S. Forrest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Blake was an avid sportsman and athlete. Blake was a kindred spirit that boldly embraced life, and brought joy and peace to everyone he encountered. His passion was the enjoyment and preservation of the outdoors. Memorial contributions may be made in Blake's name to the Blake Joseph Kouri Scholarship Fund at Graceland University, Lamoni Iowa. A Celebration of Blake's life will be hosted at Garden of the Gods Club, 3320 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs CO, Sunday, November 22, 2009 1:00 to 3:30 pm.
Published in The Gazette on Nov. 19, 2009.