CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The death of a Cedar Rapids teen brought the impact of Iowa flash flooding national attention. Floodwaters swept the 17-year-old into a storm drain on Monday while he was playing Frisbee with his friends. Searchers found his body in Cedar Lake at 4 p.m. the next day.
Logan’s father Mark says his son’s death has triggered a flood of memories, including his birth that came a little early, and bringing him home from the hospital on Father’s Day.
Logan worked at Cottage Grove Place retirement community, serving meals to those living there.
Wednesday night, friends and family attended a vigil at Arthur Elementary where the water pulled Logan in. Those who knew him shared stories about the teen’s willingness to pitch in and help without complaint and his constant concern for others.
“He’s gone way too soon, but we’re going to take a piece of how he lived and we’re gonna try that and we’re going to be better for it,” Mark said.
Logan was preparing to start his senior year at Washington High School, an experience he was looking forward to sharing with his little brother, Hunter, who will be a freshman.
“The love that his friends have given Hunter tells me that Logan knew how to pick friends and I won’t be able to say enough today about how awesome Logan’s friends are,” Mark said.
Mark described his son as someone who wasn’t afraid to show emotion.
“I couldn’t get a handshake out of him because he was always hugging you,” he said.
The Blake family planned to travel to a family reunion Thursday in Ohio, something Logan was anticipating attending.
Instead, they’ll be in town for his visitation and funeral. The visitation is Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.
The Blakes have heard their share of praise for Logan while he was growing up, but what people have been saying about him changed after his death.
“My whole life, people have said to me, ‘Your son is so polite. Your son is so respectful, so kind, so helpful,” Mark said. “But what I heard last night was ‘I want to be more like your son. And I want to learn how to be more like Logan.”
His funeral is set for Saturday, July 5th at 10 a.m. at First Assembly of God.
A memorial fund for Logan has been set up at Farmer’s State Bank, 1240 Eighth Avenue in Marion. The family is also accepting online donations through this page.