On November 7th, 2018 Jake Dunham’s life was stolen in the horrific Borderline shooting. Jake was only 21 years old and was born on June 12th, 1997.
Jake lived an unimaginable legacy of hardship and perseverance. Jake struggled with school and the inability to focus in a classroom setting until he reached high school where an amazing teacher by the name of Mr. Rosebaugh worked with him after school everyday to help him graduate. He also grew up with a rare bleeding disorder called hemophilia and lost the vision in his right eye at seven years old due to a severe injury.
Despite his blood’s inability to clot efficiently and being blind in one eye, Jake still took on extreme sports such as BMX riding, dirt bike riding, off-roading, wake surfing and kneeboarding.
It wasn’t uncommon for Jake to come home after a day of hanging out with his friends with road rash, internal bleeding and broken bones (including a skull fracture) yet nothing stopped him from doing the things he loved. To Jake’s friends he was the life of the party. He was fearless and creative and lived life larger than most people could dare to imagine.
You could find him and his friends in his parent’s garage building contraptions on any given day, such as a gas powered go-kart with 12 inch pipe covering the back wheels so they could drift it around the neighborhood, or a custom built wheel chair he would tow people on with his truck or pit bike in the desert. Obviously Jake would typically be the first one to test out whatever they built.
To Jake, mechanics came easily. Working on his trucks was a passion of his and when something broke Jake would do his research and find a way to fix it. He once slaved over rebuilding his diesel truck’s engine all by himself from bottom to top with no prior diesel mechanic education after it blew up. To our disbelief it was up and running better than ever in just two months.
Jake was in the process of building his prerunner truck and swapping the engine in it from a stock 3.0L V6 to an LS1 with over 500 horsepower in preparation to compete at Jump Champs in Glen Helen this upcoming season. His Dad and his friends will continue to build the truck how Jake wanted. Jake’s Dad plans to compete in Jump Champs in Jakes honor once the truck is completed.
One of Jake’s favorite places in the whole world was Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He loved being on the lake and driving his family’s Magic boat. He planned to eventually move there in the near future.
Jake is survived by (Mom) Kathy, (Dad) Ken, (Sister) Alexis, (Grandparents) Bill, Jo, Chuck, Victoria, (Cousins) Aimee-Tony, Heather-Garen, Dillon, Merik, Kyle, Ryan, Laura, Leah, (Aunts) Tracey, Kara, Kelly (Uncles) Eric, Mike, John and hundreds of amazing friends.
Jake’s service will be held together with Blake Dingman (a best friend of his who also lost his life in the Borderline shooting) at Calvary Community Church, 5495 Via Rocas in Westlake on December 8th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Hold ‘Er Wide!
Saturday December 8, 2018 , 2:00 PM at Calvary Community Church