Obituary: Indy driver Blake Noonan 

On Jan. 21, the Independent lost one of its own: Blake Noonan, who delivered our papers faithfully to the Pueblo area, was killed in a tragic car wreck on La Veta Pass.

Blake was born in New York on Nov. 15, 1971, to Daniel Noonan and Sandra Wadsworth. He grew up in the Dallas area but moved to Colorado shortly after high school. Blake earned an associate degree in applied science in computer animation in 1998 and later came within a few credit hours of a bachelor's degree in psychology. He worked as a graphic designer, an archaeology assistant, a machine shop assistant and in a jewelry lab, where he taught students. Additionally, Blake started at least two businesses.

Blake enjoyed reading about history, archaeology, astronomy, quantum physics, mythology, psychology, sociology, parapsychology and political science. He was an artist who explored drawing, painting, clay sculpting, creative writing, blacksmithing and jewelry-making. His sister, Kara Stevens, notes that his "jewelry was quite remarkable and detailed." Some years ago, Blake traveled to Europe — a lifelong dream.

Indy distribution manager Tim Kranz calls Blake an ideal employee. Once, he recalls, Blake's car was stolen while he was delivering papers. When the Indy got a call later from someone complaining of our papers being dumped in an alley, Blake got his other car, picked up the papers, and finished his route.

Blake is survived by his beloved father, sister and nephews, Bryce and Glenn Stevens, along with many dear friends. The family plans a private service.

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