|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1992|
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 2007|
Brendan James Blum, the smart, funny, and amazing 14 year old son of Dana Dunaway Blum and Rick Blum (deceased 2006), and sister of Katie Blum, died in his sleep on June 28, 2007 after a sudden illness. He was born in Santa Barbara on August 7, 1992, and attended Foothill Elementary, Goleta Valley Junior High, San Marcos High, and Pine Ridge Academy. Brendan was a talented and spirited teen whose passions were wrestling, golf, rollerblading, science fiction, chess, the Simpsons, and Led Zeppelin. A very athletic boy, he played AYSO soccer, and Brendan was involved in karate, wrestling, and golf. He was an exceptional golfer at a very young age.
Brendan was on the San Marcos High School Wrestling team during 9th grade. He loved to volunteer at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Draper Humane Society. Brendan was a huge fan of the New York Yankees, had an encyclopedic memory for baseball stats, and fulfilled his lifelong dream of seeing the Yankees play the Mets at Yankee Stadium several years ago with his dad, shortly before his dad's death. Brendan had recently been attending a therapeutic school, and was looking forward to returning to Santa Barbara to finish high school in the near future. He had planned to become a spokesperson for Asperger's Syndrome and to start an anti-bullying campaign at his school. Among Brendan's many dreams were becoming a Marine, like his dad, and studying to become an architect. Brendan was very outspoken about the rights of children with disabilities, and had a major impact on the lives of his peers, prompting several teens to re-evaluate and discontinue their self harm behavior. Our beloved Brendan's death leaves a huge hole in the universe, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Brendan leaves behind his mom Dana, his devoted sister Katie, his best friend Matt Woodman, Uncle Sean Dunaway of San Pedro, CA, Uncle Dave Blum of Connecticut, and many cousins and friends.
Brendan lived life to the fullest; he had a big heart and a joyful soul, although faced with many challenges during his life. He made friends everywhere he went, even when he was causing trouble! We will miss Brendan always and would like for his legacy to live on, enriching other children struggling with the ways that Asperger's affects them and their families.
Brendan's family plans to continue to advocate for better services and education for kids and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Souls do not disintegrate and die:
Years pass and yet they do not fade away.
Memories are like a distant star
Pouring forth its light across the void.
All our tears and laughter do not lie:
Though we pass like dreams, our spirits stay,
Held fast by love, which is just what we are,
Yet in a form that cannot be destroyed.
Published by Santa Barbara News-Press September 23, 2007 12:00 AM
Created by: Cindy R
Record added: Sep 23, 2007
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You've crossed my mind countless times over the years, bringing a rush of happy and sweet memories. Wish you could meet my little one, she's 6 now. She reminds me of you at times since she is on the spectrum, as well. I miss you, bud. My little Christophe...(Read more)|
Added: Jan. 16, 2015
Love you Bean Boy|
Added: Jul. 23, 2012
Rest In Peace Brendan.. hearing your story broke my heart. I know you are now safe in heaven.|
Added: Apr. 20, 2012
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