Funny, hard working
Published: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 16:09
Blake Matthew Schoenrock grew up in Mesquite, but made his way to College Station as soon as he could.
“From the time Blake started looking for a college to go to, A&M was his first choice,” said Randy Schoenrock, Blake’s father,. “When he got accepted, he was extremely excited.”
While at Texas A&M, Blake attended Grace Bible Church.
“Blake was a Christian and extremely proud of his faith,” said Garrett Chapman his friend of 15 years and junior finance major. “He was always willing to tell about God and loved him very much.”
Chapman said Blake was probably one of the funniest people he ever met.
“He was so easy to get along with. People who met him for the first time would instantly be captivated by his personality and humor,” Chapman said.
Chapman said the most memorable experience he had with Blake while at A&M was at the A&M-Nebraska game at Kyle Field on Nov. 20, 2010.
“Our seats were on the field level, row 1, on about the 5 yard line. During the game President Loftin came by and shook our hands and took a picture with Blake,” Chapman said. “When the Aggies won, Blake and I went out on the field, did the ‘War Hymn’ with the football players, and afterwards, Blake did a chest bump with Ozoma Nwachukwu. We talked about that night being one of our favorite Aggie experiences.”
Another friend of Blake’s, junior fellow petroleum engineering major Carter Henderson, remembers Blake’s hard work and motivation at A&M.
“Blake was one of my three roommates last semester and there wasn't a day that went by without laughing,” Henderson said. “Some of my best memories with Blake were going to the A&M football games last year.”
Henderson said Blake gave his all in everything he did, whether it was sports, school, family or friends.
“My friendship with Blake was unique because we were so similar. We were always working toward our goals,” Henderson said. “We both worked very hard in school and we had big dreams of making an impact in this world.”
It was two weeks before Blake had a heart attack that he completed his first triathlon.
“After last summer, he started swimming a lot. He enjoyed doing that,” Randy said. “He raced down in Kema right before finals.”
Randy said one of the things that helped them through this time is the Aggie saying, “Gig ‘em.”
“For us, that has come to mean God is God every moment. While we were in the hospital that was just something we said a lot. When you go through something like that, for us, God was who we leaned on,” Randy said.
Randy said they have a very strong church family and that Blake demonstrated that well.
“He had a go for it attitude. He was a godly man. And, he just brought a lot of joy to our lives,” Randy said.