Anytime someone passes away unexpectedly there is great sorrow and the feeling of loss, but when that someone is a person who touches countless lives on a daily basis the loss is that much harder. Blake Crowe was a middle school math teacher in Estill County and was in his first season as head baseball coach at his alma mater. He replaced his father as head baseball coach at Estill County and was in first season with the Engineers.
The beloved baseball coach and middle school teacher passed away following a tragic accident. According to Coroner Jimmy Wise, Blake Crowe was electrocuted when a flag pole fell onto an electrical line at his home. Because of the recent rains, the wet ground could have contributed to his death.
The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m., and Crowe was rushed to the hospital where he later passed. The coroner says that the exact cause of death is under investigation still.
Crowe’s Estill Engineers baseball team members reached out on Facebook to those in the community, saying: “Our community has lost a great young man. A loving son and brother, dedicated husband, father, friend and a aspiring baseball coach. Blake Crowe…..a devoted family man and loved his community and his Engineers. He had energy, enthusiasm and a love for baseball and the kids. He reminded his team to be humble, love one another, be family and live for today, tomorrow is not promised. Please pray for his wife and 2 young boys, his family, his Engineer baseball team, his students, co workers and friends. Blakes in heaven now with family, friends and looking down on us with that big smile on his face filling out a line up card for the next game.”
The Middle School where he taught placed the following on Facebook:
“Dear ECMS students and families, It is with great sadness that we share the news of Blake Crowe’s sudden passing. He was involved in a tragic accident at his home yesterday. Blake was a wonderful friend, son, husband, and father who will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Blake was a dedicated math teacher, high school baseball coach, and mentor to the youth of Estill County. He was a graduate of Estill County High School and Berea College where he excelled in the classroom and on the baseball field. His positive attitude and uplifting attitude as well as his love for others will not be forgotten. This is indeed very sad for the students and staff of Estill County Middle School. In order to provide support to our students, we have utilized the District Crisis Team. Our counselors and other student services staff are available to help our children cope with this tragedy. Attached are some resources to assist you in talking with your child about Mr. Crowe’s passing and any subsequent grief that your child may be experiencing. If you should have any further questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school counselor. Please remember his family in this difficult time. Sincerely, ECMS Staff”
Tributes have poured in for Coach Crowe from his rivals on the diamond showing that baseball is truly a family.
Wolfe County put this statement on their Facebook page this afternoon:
“Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the family, friends and players of Estill County baseball coach, Blake Crowe who tragically lost his life yesterday. Today baseball players, coaches, umpires, families and fans are all Engineers”
The Powell County Pirates baseball team released in a statement “Today we are all Engineers. Baseball brings many lives together for the better. For that, I am thankful. The Powell County Baseball program remembers the life and Family of Coach Blake Crowe. You will always have a seat in the first base dugout buddy. We will miss you.”
Blake Crowe is survived by his wife and two small children. At press time, funeral arrangements were incomplete.