Jake was out on his bike Friday evening in Hastings, MN on a county road when a vehicle coming in the opposite direction crossed the center line of the two lane road and collided with Jake and his bike. Jake was pronounced dead at the scene. Here’s the latest news story I could find, it kind of helps sum up not only what’s known so far about the tragedy but also about the kind of person Jake was.
I’m not even sure what to say. Jake was one of those people who just made everything more fun. We worked together at Caribou for about a year to a year and a half and I always looked forward to working with him. Not only did Jake has a fabulous work ethic (and everyone knows I have great respect for that) but he was also FUN. He was always cracking jokes and goofing off and making even little ol’ serious me smile. And on top of that, Jake was one of those genuinely GOOD people. He just had this love for life that sometimes is hard to find in people.
My very favorite time spent with Jake was talking about relationships. Although Jake was generally a really goofy guy, he was also incredibly thoughtful and we had some pretty great talks about love and life. He always impressed me with how mature he was in his thinking.
Although Jake drove me nuts sometimes he was one of the very best people I knew. And he’s going to be greatly missed.
If you could all please keep Jake, his family and all of his friends in your thoughts and prayers that would be much appreciated.