Friends and Family Celebrate Life of Coach Joe Blake

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A crowd of nearly 1,500 people gathered Saturday to remember an icon in the Indianola community.

A celebration of life was held at the Indianola Middle School for Joe Blake.

Blake was a baseball coach at Simpson College for 30 years and father of former major league baseball player, Casey Blake.

Joe died on Memorial Day when he flipped his truck on a curve at G-36 and 150th Avenue in Indianola.

One by one, friends and family members shared stories this morning of a man who made a difference in the lives of so many.

"He touched people. He influenced people. We're standing in a place called the Blake Fieldhouse," said Dayton Duncan, a lifelong friend of Blake’s.

"He could challenge you to be a better person. He was so quick to make you laugh and make you understand that life is worth cherishing,” Kyle Hanna, the head baseball coach at DMACC and a former player under Blake told Channel 13 News.

Blake was 65-years-old.