Chris Blake truly was larger than life. Any person that knew him can attest to that. Every aspect of his life was performed at full throttle. This began with the unconditional love he had for his family. Everything he did in life stemmed from his devotion to loved ones. He married the love of his life, Amanda Blake, in 1984 and began an incredible 29 year journey. Chris is also survived by his four children – Heidi, Matt, Joe, and Miranda.
Throughout his life Chris approached everything he did with an all or nothing mentality. His philosophy was consistent with “anything worth doing is worth overdoing”. This was clear with his devotion to coaching youth hockey, passion for hunting and fishing, and his professional life. Chris was the fearless leader and CEO of Idaho Asphalt Supply, Inc. His high moral standards, intelligence, and ability to create long lasting loyal relationships were vital in the success of the business. The road to his success was paved through constant hard work both in the office and classroom. In academia, he earned his MBA at Idaho State University after wrestling for 4 years while completing his undergraduate degree.
Outside of the office, Chris was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to spend time in the outdoors with his wife, kids, and close friends. In the ice arena, he used his fierce and passionate persona to coach and shape young developing players. Chris’ coaching style not only instilled hard work into his players, but it helped mold their character into outstanding young individuals outside of the rink. If you ever run into a player that he coached, you will likely be engaging with a respectful and honest individual.
On Tuesday October 29th, 2013 Chris unexpectedly passed away in his home from heart failure. For those that knew Chris, this was a tragic event. He recently overcame all odds and demonstrated extraordinary resilience after surviving a life threatening injury. He defied death and started a new life path of unconditional love and happiness with his wife Amanda. He would say “I’ve got a new lease on life”. With that he truly understood the meaning of being with those that were dear to him. Unfortunately, this tragedy rendered that short lived.
Those that were fortunate enough to know him will dearly miss him. He had a positive impact on everyone he encountered. His spirit will live on through his wife, children, and friends. His infectious attitude will be passed on for generations to come. He truly was a great man.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 237 N. Water in Idaho Falls, with pastor Brenda Sene, officiating. Services are under the direction of Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home in Idaho Falls. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.