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“Dan is greatly missed at work and in Life here on Earth. He had such a radiant smile and spirit. His love for friends, family and mankind was...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Karen Hicks - Lexington, SC

“Cheri, Eryn and Carolyn. You all continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. I love reading all the memories that people have of Dan and how he...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Laura Roddy - SC

“Daniel will be sadly missed , we always enjoyed visiting with him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Rob & Shelly Schotsch & Family - OH

“my thoughts and love are with all of you ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: mary duncan - clinton, OH

“Dan was always a pleasure to work with at Providence. He never seemed to have a bad day, always smiling and pleasant. Very caring and respectful to...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Kathleen Layden-Morris - Lugoff, SC

“Dan was a wonderful person and an inspiration to all who ever met him, he will be very missed ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Susan Warnick - Columbia, SC

“To The Blake Family: When our work is done, Our course on earth is run ,May it be said, "Well Done,Be thou at peace" God Speed Dan and God Bless your...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: James s mcHone,MD - Elgin, SC

“The staff of Dunbar Funeral Home extends deepest sympathy to the Blake family. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Joey Tanner - Columbia, SC


HOPKINS - Daniel Patrick Blake, 50, passed away Sunday, August 8, 2010. Dan’s unique approach to living can be illustrated by Pierce Harris’ description of memory as “a child walking along the seashore. You can never tell what small pebble it will pick up and store among its treasured things.” He was ever captivated and inquisitive becoming a lifelong collector of unique facts and prizes.
Chief among his treasures were his family. He met his wife and said he was going to marry her at the tender age of 10. He married his high school sweetheart Cherie on August 14, 1982. When he spoke of her, he considered her to be the excellent wife spoken of in Proverbs. To him she was far more precious than jewels and his heart always trusted in her. Ever the joy of his life, his daughter, Eryn Glenne, required him to grow as an example, but retain and expand his spirit of playfulness. Of her he was most proud and pleased.
Dan was born January 17, 1960 and was raised in Clinton, Ohio. He began his love of all things round or with wheels at a young age. From Yo-Yos, to marbles, to skateboards, to model cars, to mini-bikes, to hot rods and NASCAR, his passion for movement and speed made the “hair stand up on his arms.” As a symbol of this, his soap box derby car remained displayed overhead in his garage. He considered this to be a tribute to the project he lovingly built with his father.
During his formative years, his outgoing personality was first appreciated by his family, neighbors and friends at his church. He was known to talk with anyone and everyone as he skated around town on his skateboard or as he sometimes found it difficult not to squirm in the pew at the First Church of Christ where he was baptized. From the age of three, he recited verses and scripture with ease. He learned an appreciation of the Bible, first observing his mother’s daily reading and made sure he maintained perfect attendance in Sunday School, looking forward to challenging his teachers. As a teenager this personality brought him attention of girls at Round Lake church camp and Latin Club outings where he became known as “Dashing Dan.” Around this time, he also gained an appreciation for the “older woman”, making sure to answer all phone calls for an older sister.
Dan was a 1978 graduate of Northwest High School and stood out among his peers by demonstrating a profound ability to retain facts and “trivia.” This allowed him to serve on the Academic Challenge team as the only member ever to be a freshman. He continued this love of “trivia” throughout his life, amazing his friends and colleagues with facts about anything and everything from musical artists to scientific discoveries and earned the name “Dan the Man” first for this quality and later for his enduring spirit and courage.
He obtained his Associate of Nursing Degree from Midlands Technical College in 1992. He spent 18 years working as an operating room nurse at Providence Hospital and Lexington Medical Center. He was honored to receive the employee recognition Award of Excellence for outstanding nursing practice in 2010.
Dan was a member of Grace Church of Columbia where here and everywhere he could always be counted on to shake your hand and share his love of God, family, his dogs, going to the zoo, races, carving pumpkins, collecting t-shirts and all things cool. His life was full.
He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Cherie (Reichenbach) Blake and beautiful princess-daughter, Eryn, of the home; parents, Glen and Carolyn Blake of Hopkins; mother-in-law, Pat Mick of Canal Fulton, Ohio; sister, Kim Kerr (Bob) of Canal Fulton; sisters-in-law, Pam Stump, Cindy Vidinha (Martin), Ann Brenner (Marlon); brothers-in-law, Mark Reichenbach and Bob Mick (Marilyn). He is preceded in death by his father-in-law, Glenn Reichenbach and stepfather-in-law, Bob Mick.
A celebration of his life will be held from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on September 4, 2010, at Grace Church of Columbia. In the spirit of sharing and fellowship, a potluck dinner is planned so bring a dish and a story, song, or verse to share about Dan. It will be a time to laugh and rejoice in the extent of his impact on those he encountered and encouraged in his 50 years.
Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to his daughter, Eryn, or the American Cancer Society, SC Chapter, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.