Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Francis David Blake

Burnet County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, October 3, 2009

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Francis David Blake

Thinking about driving down and visiting you again. See you soon brother. Can't wait to sit on the bench next to you.

Richard B

November 7, 2023

Mrs. Blake, I served with your husband in the 385th Miltary Police Battalion General Support Platoon back in the 80s. We all loved Blake and mourn the loss of a great soldier, military policeman, and brother.

Jon Laidley
385th MP Bn General Support Platoon

January 5, 2021

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 3, 2020

We served in the Army together in Germany. I kinda lost track of you, and was saddened to here of you passing. I remember you as a care free, guy with big plans.

Rest Easy Brother

Deputy Patrick “Mac” McClellan
Clayton Co Sheriff’s Office Georgia

November 11, 2019

Well it has been 9 years David, 9 years. A lot has happened like I have retired from LE after 13 1/2 years. I think about you and our wonderful friendship almost daily. I wave at you at your resting place every time I visit my dad, y'all are just across the road from each other. I reflect back on our great working relationship in Burnet County the 5 years I was there. They were great times. One of the best place I actually loved to work because of people like you David. You will never be forgotten in my Heart, Mind, and Memory. Your were/are my Brother in Law Enforcement and with you being a Mason and me being an Eastern Star we are bonded as Brother and Sister as well. We will always be connected forever.
Love You My Brother,
Deputy Laura Leeds - Retired

Laura Leeds
Law Enforcement Retired

October 4, 2018

David I remember playing spades with you at the CO acadamy. What fun times we had. I think about you often, I'll be making plans to visit you soon.

Miss you brother..

Rick B.

July 26, 2017

Remembering you and your sacrifice today. I pray for the solace for all that called you beloved.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

September 7, 2013

Rest in peace Deputy Blake and God bless your soul.

Linda Merrick

October 3, 2012

May you and your boys find some comfort in knowing that David is in a peaceful place looking down on you and protecting you...he may not be here in physical form, but he is with all of you in spirit and I'm sure there are times when his presence is as real as it ever was...may God bless you and your boys...I'm sure he was a wonderful husband and father, as well as a hero...

Danny McCoy
Corrections Program Coordinator
MI Dept. of Corrections

October 3, 2012

As we near the 3rd Anniversary of your End of Watch I want you to know how very much the boys and I miss you! They're growing into young men...changing every day which is very bittersweet. I know you would be proud of who they are becoming! As for heart still skips a beat when I see a brown patrol car, every time I see or hear something I want to tell you I still reach for thr phone to call or text you! The pain has begun to ease somewhat but I still miss you with every fiber of my being! I Love You Always my Once in a Lifetime Love! Forever in our Hearts-Deputy #128!

Tanya Miller Blake
Wife of Burnet County Deputy #128 F. David Blake, EOW 10/03/09

September 6, 2012

Well David, Its been a few years now and my wife and I talk about you all the time. I came down to visit your grave without anyone knowing and got a few pictures last year. Love the bench. You know I was in it. miss you more than you know. You died 1 week before I come home to visit. the times we shared, the life we lead, the memories we leave behind. Your write up in the Burnettbulletin sits here on my desk. Love you Brother. I'll visit again in the spring.

Rick Brantley
Friend (TDCJ-ID)

October 18, 2011

Two years ago I lost my husband, the father of my sons, my friend and partner in once in a lifetime love! He took amazing care of me...he spoiled me rotten! He got me through the rough times...celebrated with me in the good times! He gave me 2 beautiful sons...who are growing into amazing young men! So many others also lost something that night...His LE family lost a brother and friend...someone they could always count on to have their back! His Mom and Step-Dad lost a son...My parents lost a son in law who was like a son to them! His Sisters lost their Big Brother. His sons lost their Dad. His Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews lost a loving guy who cared about each one of them! His friends lost a friend who was always willing to help, always ready with a joke or a goofy ass story! And the Law Enforcement community lost a Great Deputy dedicated to his job and always doing the right thing! All of us who were lucky enough to have known him will always carry a small piece of him with us in our hearts! And we have a very Special Guardian Angel watching over us! Deputy #128 Always and Forever!

Tanya Miller Blake
Wife of Deputy #128 F. David Blake, EOW 10/03/2009

October 6, 2011

When I first learned of David's passing, It had been about 4 months after the incident. I was pretty shocked and saddened by the loss.

From my experience with David, I found him to be a true friend and someone I would trust to watch me back anytime.

My heart goes out to his family and my prayers will for him and his family.

"Blessed are the Peace Makers, for they shall be called Sons of God"

God Bless David

Robert Quick
Fellow Cadet

May 9, 2011

Well, David, it's hard to believe it's been a year. You have no idea how much a part of our daily lives/patrol you are part of. Thank you for watching over us this past year and we know you are always there for us. We miss you.

Deputy Mechelle Denton

October 7, 2010

To Deputy Francis David Blake, his family and his fellow officers with the Burnet County Sheriff's Department:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Deputy Francis Blake’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Deputy Blake and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

October 3, 2010

Today marks a year since you left us and I still expect to see you everywhere~walking through the door, driving a brown patrol car or on the pillow next to mine when I lay down at night. The boys and I miss you so much~our hearts are broken. Please know that you are thought of every day~we love you always and forever! Rest in peace my love~you will never be forgotten! Always in our hearts~Deputy #128!

Tanya Miller Blake
Wife of Burnet County Deputy #128 F. David Blake, EOW 10/03/2009

October 3, 2010

It has been almost a year since the accident.
I remember you coming into dispatch that night and talking to me before I got off duty. I can still remember your goofy laugh and goofy grin. Your jokes were horible, but I would laugh anyway because of the way you told them.
You always took the time to speak with everybody and listen to them. You never thought you were better than anyone and saw some good in "most" people.
Dwayne and I talk about the day we saw you and Tanya at GT's. She and I both agreed that you and Dwayne were not allowed to go there alone without us.

You will always and forever be a good friend. I miss you Brother and I will see you again. God Bless

Deputy A. Young
Burnet County Sheriff's Office

September 27, 2010

Well bud, still can not believe you are gone. You are missed every day and its still hard for me to drive out west. I just wanted to say thank you again for allowing me to be your friend and partner. Thnaks again I'll never forget you!!!

Deputy Vaughan
Burnet County Sheriff's Office

July 31, 2010

My Sweet Love...

It's been 6 months since you left us...really only seems like yesterday! I am extremely proud of the man you were, the life you led, and the amazing legacy you left behind! The boys and I think about you every single day...always in our hearts and forever in our prayers! We miss you and love you so very much! I await the day when I will see you again!

Tanya Miller Blake
Wife of Burnet Co Deputy #128 F. David Blake, EOW 10/03/2009

April 30, 2010

David, my dear friend. Words cannot described the loss I feel. But, I can only cherish the memories I have of being your friend. You loved your career and family! We are all fortunate to have known and shared a part of our lives with you!!! May you always rest in peace!!!


Deputy Francesco "Frank" Saenz
Dear Friend -- Williamson County Sheriff's Office

April 28, 2010

David and I called each other brothers. I have known David since we sat next to each other at the TDCJ academy in Beeville TX in 1997. Going on to work at the same institution. We worked in the middle east together after he and his wife were married. I remember how happy he was to graduate the police academy and become a deputy in Burnet.

Now its April 2010 and I am looking back to see his picture again.

Love you and miss you brother.

rick b.
Friend / Brother

April 15, 2010

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Deputy Sheriff Francis David Blake,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Deputy Sheriff Francis David Blake. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Deputy Sheriff Francis David Blake is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-04

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network


March 25, 2010

Somewhere among these many pages of heroes I came across your name and wanted to stop and leave a reflection to let you know that you have not been forgotten nor will that ever happen. Those that love you carry your precious memories in their hearts. Continue to watch over all of your loved ones and wrap your wings around all of them and protect them. I have no magic words to help them with their grief except for them to do everything in their power to keep your memory alive by telling stories about you and finding others that worked with you to tell them stories. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 8, 2010

Your family is in my prayers especially as Christmas approaches. My first husband was also killed in the line of duty on Oct. 3 (2001) when he was hit by a tractor trailer while on a traffic stop. The road you began travelling on that tragic day is a long & difficult one but you can make it. Time doesn't heal the pain but it helps you learn how to live your "new normal" life without your loved one. There are many other survivors out here who will keep you in our prayers. Hang in there!

Survivor of Trooper Calvin Taylor

December 16, 2009

Mrs. Blake,

Thank you for your kind words to Officer Trevor Nettleton's family. He, like your David, gave everything to simply help others! I pray that you and your children will feel God's peace during this first Christmas.
And if your husband likes to laugh, then he will enjoy meeting Trevor!!!

Det. Z. Burns

December 1, 2009

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