Blake James McDermott

Blake James McDermott

Blake James McDermott


Blake James McDermott, 15, died peacefully at home with family by his side on Jan. 6, 2023, after a courageous battle with Sanfillipo Syndrome.

Blake was all “boy.” He loved anything he could throw; football, baseball, basketball, you name it. Blake also enjoyed four-wheeler rides, being outside, ice cream, wearing his baseball cap, singing songs with his mom, throwing the ball with his dad, spending time with his sister, Morgan, and all of his amazing caretakers that quickly became family. He had an infectious laugh and showed strength, resiliency and utmost joy for life. His inspiration will live on within his family, friends and the Sanfillipo Community.

Blake was born Feb. 13, 2007, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

He is survived by his parents, Mike and Jill McDermott; his grandparents, Leo and Janet Cook, and Linus and Shirley McDermott; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Morgan, who recently passed after a courageous battle with Sanfillipo Syndrome, and his cousin, Ryder.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation will be held prior from 9 to 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the MSP Society, Make a Wish Foundation or Camp Courageous.

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