Blake Kristopher Hyde, a beautiful boy was born on March 23rd, 2022 in Austin, TX.
He embodied the spirit of a warrior. A beaming light of courage and love, Blake's journey on this earth ended far too soon on August 18th, 2023 in Austin TX, yet it was one that deeply impacted every person fortunate enough to know him.
Memorial services for Blake will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at Vista Community Church in Temple with Pastor David McGhghy officiating. His services will conclude with a bubble parade, biodegradable balloon release, and a reception to celebrate his beautiful life.
Blake's life was a testament to resilience, faith and hope. From the moment he was born, he faced challenges that most can't even imagine. Within three hours of his birth, Blake underwent the first of three open-heart surgeries and would impress his doctors with his stable recovery. Despite the odds stacked against him, he spent nine beautiful months at home, bringing joy and love to his family. His parents, Kasey and Julie Hyde, along with his brothers, K.W., Jett, and Connor, and countless friends and family were witnesses to his incredible strength, his ability to conceal the battle he was fighting every day, and his infectious spirit.
Under the watchful care of the dedicated staff at the Cardiac Care Unit at Dell Children's Hospital, Austin TX, Blake spent a significant part of his life. His smile and sweet personality throughout his challenges touched everyone who worked tirelessly to keep him going. Blake's presence had a transformative effect on all those around him, changing them in the most profound and beautiful ways.
As he waited for a heart transplant, a gift that unfortunately wouldn't come in time, Blake's spirit remained unbroken. His mother, Julie, became his voice and strongest advocate, staying continuously by his side. Their bond was palpable, a source of strength, comfort and love that was and will always be unbreakable.
Despite spending so much time in the hospital, Blake found joy in the simplest of things. He was a bundle of love, generously sharing smiles with everyone he met. His sweet and playful nature brightened up the CCU. Blake loved to roll around and play with his toys, always eager to share his playtime with his doting nurses and therapists. Music therapy would often be just what he needed to calm his overworking heart. You would often see him clapping his hands and giving himself belly pats. He was also quite entertaining and would make his signature scrunchy face, just to make you laugh.
He was a fan of Bluey and Cocomelon, and Mrs. Rachel was a favorite, helping him pass the time in the hospital. Jam sessions to classic rock with his father, Kasey, and visits from his brothers were his favorite, with his love for them shining brightly in his eyes. He loved playing peekaboo as his Gamma Ri had taught him and blowing many sweet kisses. Reading with his Papa Gus was also special.
Blake Kristopher Hyde was a child of immense courage and love. He loved deeply, fought bravely, and lived fully. In his brief time on earth, he touched countless lives, leaving an indelible mark on everyone he met. His legacy is one of love, resilience, and an unwavering spirit.
We do not mourn the loss of Blake, for his life was a gift, a blessing that enriched us in ways we could never have imagined. His memory will continue to inspire and uplift us, reminding us of the power of love, the strength of the human spirit, and the beauty of resilience. Blake's journey on earth may have ended, but his spirit lives on, echoing in the hearts of those whose lives he touched. We will all carry him with us, always.
Blake Kristopher Hyde, “If love could have saved him, he would have lived forever” is true as he was loved and adored by thousands. His life was a testament to the power of love and the strength of the human spirit. His legacy will continue to inspire, uplift, and motivate us to live our lives with courage, love, and resilience. Rest in power, Blake Kristopher Hyde, your spirit will forever shine brightly in our lives and hearts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dell Children's Medical Center Foundation or The Ronald McDonald House Charities Of Central Texas.