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Jacob “Jake” David Berglund

Jacob “Jake” David Berglund

September 24, 2004 - April 12, 2020     Age: 15

Jacob “Jake” David Berglund, 15, of Yulee went home to be with his Lord and Savior early on Easter Sunday morning, April 12, 2020.

Jake was born September 24, 2004 in St. Mary’s, Georgia, the son of Mark and Anne Berglund. At an early age he attended the Lamb preschool at Memorial United Methodist Church where he and his family were members. It was at this early age he was baptized at Memorial.

Jake was not only a leader but he loved to entertain and make people laugh with his quick wit. He was president of his freshman class at Yulee High School, a huddle leader with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and participated with the school’s theater group. Jake became involved with various political campaigns and was so enthusiastic. He helped put out signs and could have been “mistaken” for a campaign manager. He was active in scouting and from the early days as a Cub Scout, he became a Boy Scout and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Jake loved all things “Tech”. From helping neighbors set up their Wi-Fi networks to programming remotes at home, it seemed he could do anything with phones, computers or home electronics. His tech savvy ways also evident in his love of being able to DJ. Known as DJ Buzzy Buzz, he was often found putting on a show for birthday parties, school pep rallies and school dances. He was scheduled to DJ for the TPC Military Outpost before its cancellation last month.

Without a doubt, Jake was best known as Buzz, the Yulee High School mascot. Beginning earlier in middle school, Jake personified the school mascot. His personality and enthusiasm shined through when he was “Buzz”. Jake also became the “mascot manager” at the Yulee Chick Fil A and sometimes served as the “Baby cow “ at events.

In addition to his wit, sometimes peppered with sarcasm, Jake’s huge personality, his love for others, his selflessness and bravery always shined through. Whether helping make difficult decisions through the course of his illness to offering love and support to his family, Jake’s loving and caring spirit led the way throughout his life. In a recent phone call with President Donald Trump, the President called him a “Legend”.

Jake and his family attended Mercy Hill Church, Jake was active in the youth ministries there. Just last week and even with his baptism at an earlier age, he felt the need to make a public profession of his faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and was baptized in a friend’s hot tub. Today, he sits at the feet of Jesus. If anything could be taken from his life it was his hope that others would find joy and peace knowing Jesus and live their life showing kindness and love to everyone they encounter.

Jake was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, David Millar and an Aunt, Keri Berglund.

He leaves behind his parents, Mark and Anne Berglund of Yulee; his sister, Alison Bohannan and her husband, Tyler and their son, Grayson, all of Bonaire, Georgia; his sister, Gracie Berglund, also of Yulee; his maternal grandmother, Alison Millar of Keystone Heights; his paternal grandparents, Alan and Judy Berglund of Cambridge, Minnesota; a great aunt, Aileen Brown of Keystone Heights; an aunt and uncle, Tracey and Jeremy Rogahn and cousins, Boedee and Kerigan of Elk River, Minnesota; an aunt, Leigh Millar of Middleburg; a close friend and sister in Christ, Hattie Fannin of Yulee as well as a multitude of extended family and friends who love him dearly.

Last week, Jake had the opportunity to see many people who loved and cared for him when, as a token of that love and caring, over 1000 cars drove by his home and those friends showed him how much he was loved.

In Lieu of flowers Jake’s Family asks that donations in his memory be made to The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, Dreams Come True of Jacksonville, or Fourth and Gold which raises money for childhood cancer research.  They would also like to thank the staff of Weaver 4 at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and the Staff of the Hematology/Oncology division of Nemours.  

At this time there are no immediate plans to gather and celebrate his life along with Jake’s family. When able, his family is planning to come together to publicly celebrate what Jake meant to them, his friends and the community. That time will be announced at a future date.

58 Condolences

  • Chris Bryan Posted April 13, 2020 7:43 pm

    Jake was a beautiful child who touched many lives. Prayers for his family. It is truly amazing what he did during his short life. It can be said “Jake, job well done.”.

  • Sherylan Vaughn Posted April 13, 2020 10:50 pm

    Although we are just neighbors, we have followed and prayed with the family. Our prayers to the family.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Ben Shave Posted April 15, 2020 10:29 am

    Jake touched more people in his fifteen years than most people do in a full lifetime.
    There is something so sad to lose a loved one so early. God bless the entire family.

  • STEPHEN E GARDIPEE Posted April 15, 2020 6:08 pm

    Amy and I express our deepest sorrows and grieve with your family.

  • Wanda Barker Posted April 15, 2020 9:22 pm

    My heart hurts for your family as well as rejoices that he lives forever in Heaven and awaits all to join him. What a wonderful impact his life has had on us all. Love and prayers for your family.

  • Jackie Barnes Rushton Posted April 16, 2020 11:54 am

    My condolences and my prayers on the loss of your son Jake, l had never met Jake but as a Mother who just lost her youngest son, I know you need the prayers and hold on to the memories to help bring you comfort. God Bless your Family

  • Donna Walters Posted April 16, 2020 1:34 pm

    We loved Jake and will miss his smiling face! Grace and Peace be with you through this time. We are here to support you in any way we can. Love you guys!

  • Cam and Belinda Robbins Posted April 16, 2020 1:35 pm

    With Our Love and Deepest Sympathies We Send Our Prayers, Thoughts and Love Continually.
    A True Inspiration to So Very Many, Such a Bright, Brilliant Young Man, Will Live Always and Forever In All Our Hearts.

  • Daniela, Jason, Christian and Caiden Sweat Posted April 16, 2020 1:37 pm

    Rest In Peace sweet boy. We sure do love and miss you. Sending love, prayers and condolences from our family to yours! 🧡

  • Jessica Winebarger Posted April 16, 2020 1:46 pm

    What an amazing legacy to leave at the young age of 15. Jake will never be forgotten. His love, laughter and his mark on this world will shine on through those he touched with his ministry. Such a tragic loss but as believers in Christ our peace comes from knowing we will see you again.
    Your family is so loved. Thank you for sharing Jake with the world

  • Janette kearsch Posted April 16, 2020 1:47 pm

    Meeting Jake you just know what a very special young man he was. Lots of love in his heart and a smile that shine.

  • Debi Rowland Posted April 16, 2020 2:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing Jake with us! Keeping you close in our hearts and lifted up in prayer.

  • Kathleen Minor Posted April 16, 2020 2:10 pm

    What an incredible young man! He leaves us all the challenge to be more like Christ, the one whom he emulated.
    Well done Jake!

  • Kandi Bailey Posted April 16, 2020 2:15 pm

    Jake left an impression of JOY on so many hearts! My life is forever changed for having known him and your beautiful family. Love and prayers to your family and community during this painful time.

  • Barbara Fullwood Posted April 16, 2020 2:20 pm

    So sorry to hear about Jake. I have been reading about him.
    What an awesome son you have.
    He will be watching down on you and smiling.
    You will see him again some day and will be together again.
    May you all find peace and comfort and know that he is home with his Lord.and Savior

  • John Kasper Posted April 16, 2020 2:26 pm

    Some students never impact anyone but I think Jake impacted everyone! Some students only inspire their own class but Jake was an inspiration to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, middle schoolers, and yes even adults! Because he lived a legacy he will leave a legacy! Praying for God to bring your family the comfort that only He can bring! Although we are forced to be socially distanced, God is very near! Praying for you all 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Rob Williams Posted April 16, 2020 2:29 pm

    I never met Jake, but through all the videos and posts it easy to see that everybody loved him. Mark, I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Marti Navarrette Posted April 16, 2020 2:34 pm

    With our love and deepest Sympathy we send our prayers, thoughts and love Continually a true inspiration to so many Rest In Peace you sweet boy you will live in our hearts forever ❤️

  • BROOKS FAMILY Posted April 16, 2020 2:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing Jake with us. We will forever be indebted to you. Jake and Mark were the first people we met and became friends with when we moved to Florida. You made us feel at home right away! Jake is a “legend” and it was a privilege and an honor to have the opportunity to have met Jake and your whole family. We have had many fun memories and alot of laughs over the years. Jake was truly blessed to have such a caring and supportive family behind him and I know he is already watching over you. We love you and we are here for you!

  • JC Gatti Posted April 16, 2020 2:39 pm

    My heart aches for your family. Jake will be sorely missed. We sent our love, prayers, and hugs your way.

  • Alexander Family Posted April 16, 2020 2:54 pm

    Our hearts and prayers are with you. Jake will always be remembered. Thank you for sharing him with us.

  • Sharon LaMothe Posted April 16, 2020 2:56 pm

    I am so incredibly sorry that the world no longer has Jake in it! Every photo you’ve shared since his birth was filled with his personality and joy for life. Keeping you all in my thoughts! May Jake Rest In Peace.😔

  • Christina & Troy Loudermilk, Anna Thomason Posted April 16, 2020 3:10 pm

    Jake was truly one of a kind. How he lived his life should teach us all to not be so serious. To laugh and smile. To bring love and laughter to all, to care for others and give the best of ourselves. Jake accomplished this at an early age. While Jake has gone to be with Jesus, his legacy will live on forever.

  • Jean Posted April 16, 2020 3:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing this announcement with us. You were truly blessed to have had the privilege of caring for this Special Soul for all the years you were given.. Rejoice in that.

  • Wendy Painter and Family Posted April 16, 2020 3:36 pm

    Our hearts and prayers are with you. Jake was so special and will forever be remembered. We love you guys. Many hugs!!

  • Connie Denison Posted April 16, 2020 3:47 pm

    With our deepest sympathies your family will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Jake was one of a kind and touched so many lives in his 15 years here. Rest in piece sweet Jake 🧡

  • Zach and Deede Strauder Posted April 16, 2020 3:59 pm

    Our prayers are with you. Jake was so wonderful his enthusiasm excited everyone around him.

  • Eileen Douglas Posted April 16, 2020 4:09 pm

    To know Jake was to love Jake. He definitely was an angel here on earth. It was an honor to know him. Keep on buzzing up there in Heaven Jake!😇

  • Pamela Lord and Ron Tidwell Posted April 16, 2020 4:15 pm

    We were inspired by Jake and his story. Our condolences to your family. Thank you for sharing Jake with us. What a precious young man.

  • Allison Watts Posted April 16, 2020 4:43 pm

    Jake was larger than life with a divine spirit. Sorry for your loss. Wishing you all peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

  • Tracy Osborne Posted April 16, 2020 4:52 pm

    Jake was such an amazing, loving young man who brought out the best in people. He truly was a legend! I’m so thankful I had the privilege to know and love him and your family. Jake will be missed but never forgotten! Thank you for sharing Jake with us. Keep Buzzing on Jake with your Angel Wings! #TeamJakeForever #HeavinIsNotLosing #LiveLikeJake 🧡🐝

  • Connie Mcgowan Posted April 16, 2020 5:39 pm

    My Prayers will continue to go up for Jake’s Loves. My heartfelt sympathies to all Jakes family and so many many friends who loved him dearly.🧡

  • Heather Kinser Posted April 16, 2020 5:40 pm

    I have been touched by Jake and his journey through life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Much love to y’all. ❤

  • Peatfb@comcast.net Posted April 16, 2020 5:40 pm

    Dear sweet Jake
    We will all miss your smiles
    Lisa Peat

  • Leigh Millar Posted April 16, 2020 6:04 pm

    I will love you forever Jake. You made us all proud in the way you lived your life. The way you lfought this horrible disease with dignity, grace and most importantly Faith is a lesson for us all. I’m so glad you were ours. Rest easy sweet boy, until we meet again!

  • Rebekah Sullivan Posted April 16, 2020 6:06 pm

    There are not enough words to describe how wonderful Jake was. Working at the school, I was able to see him everyday. There were times he helped me through some tough times without even realizing he did it. Jake lived his life selflessly. You couldn’t help but smile when you saw him. To know him was to love him. He was a living legend that leaves behind an everlasting legacy. He was a true leader.
    Jake, I will miss you here on earth but you will forever be in my heart.
    Mark, Anne and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Mary Akridge Posted April 16, 2020 6:48 pm

    God bless you all❤️✝️‘!

  • Elaine Wilcox Posted April 16, 2020 7:00 pm

    I did not know Jake, but, from the out pour of support, prayers and love he had to be a special young man. With deepest sympathies, Elaine Wilcox

  • Faucher SR. Posted April 16, 2020 8:10 pm

    My husband & I have had the pleasure of not only Jakes company, but his family & Scout Troop. Was an awesome young man & know the memory of Jake will be an inspiration to all that know him & all future Scouts. .Peace to all .
    Fay & George Faucher Sr.

  • Nancy , Duane , Chris, Emma & Lauren Johnson Posted April 16, 2020 8:45 pm

    An incredible young man who lived a legendary life. We really got to know Jake , Mark, Anne, and family when Jake was much younger while attending United Memorial church, and even then Jake was a legend. Jake was happy, joyful and always smiling . He was so much fun, loving and caring , and stood out among all the children then. All your children are a joy and Jake lived an incredible life. He will forever be in our hearts and minds. My condolences to Mark, Anne and your beautiful family. God Bless you all, and thanks for sharing your wonderful son with us.

  • Melissa Carr Posted April 16, 2020 8:49 pm

    Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you. Jake is walking along the streets of gold worshipping our savior. It’s because of His promise that we will see Jake again. I love you buddy and you will live in my heart forever!🧡💛💚🐝

  • Ellen Wiggins Posted April 17, 2020 8:54 am

    To know that you know is the most glorious part of Jakes legacy. He knew Jesus Christ and he now is walking the streets of gold. What a remarkable young man Jake was. He is and will be in my heart forever. He will be missed but never forgotten. Ms. Ellen

  • Karen & Roger Antworth Posted April 17, 2020 11:31 am

    Jake’s spirit that glowed so brightly will always leave a little light behind for all of us! Sending our deepest sympathy for the loss of one so loved!

  • Laurie & Mike Jorgensen Posted April 17, 2020 2:48 pm

    Through the many posts we learned how much Jake was truly the highest achiever we have ever known. At only age 15 his accomplishments bypassed what a normal person may be able to achieve in a whole lifetime. Jake had such an amazing life and he will continue to amaze in the presence of God.

  • Hamp and Renee Howell Posted April 17, 2020 5:39 pm

    Our sincerest condolences to the family of such a remarkable young man. We did not know your son personally, but after reading all the wonderful things that he accomplished in his life, I wanted to express to you how blessed you were to have him in your lives. Cherish those wonderful memories, they are your treasures for tomorrow. God Bless Your Family, y’all are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve for your loved one.

  • Joy Welch Huber Posted April 17, 2020 10:47 pm

    I think it must be said that Anne, you and Mark have made your Heavenly Father proud. You raised a God loving boy whose countenance radiated the love and joy God expected us to find in this
    life. His life of abounding enthusiasm and bravery through all of his accomplishments and struggles should be an example to all of us who experience tough times. And your accomplishment in fulfilling your obligation to unconditionally love, support, uplift, and instill the faith of a giant is remarkable. You raised a boy who would make any parent beyond proud. You guys are an example to us all. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Jack and Susan Eason-Curles Posted April 18, 2020 1:57 am

    Jake. Your ❤️ was so big! Thank you for loving everyone the way you did. You will never be forgotten, my friend.

  • Christy Casale (aka “Mouse”) Posted April 18, 2020 10:48 am

    My dear friend Anne, what an amazing son God blessed you with. He lives on through all those that he touched. All my love to you and your family.

  • Janet Blaylock Posted April 18, 2020 11:33 pm

    Praying for the family and friends to receive comfort from the Holy Ghost as to celebrate the beautiful life of this precious young man.

  • Kathy Gammons Posted April 19, 2020 10:32 am

    Jake your infectious ❤️ for everyone and everything will be remembered. You kept me company a lot at your sisters games cheering them on. Thank you for being so kind. Love to you and your family 🙏

  • Misty Nordeng Posted April 19, 2020 5:31 pm

    Jake, you captured my heart right away. You lifted me up when I saw you especially when I was having a bad day. Loved your visits and our chats even when I cried after you left. You brought me my favorite Girl Scout cookies without me telling you which one was my favorite. Oh the balloons and treats for my birthday and again I cried. To know you was to love you and I love you with all my heart. God made you special and special you were. You left happiness and JOY every where you went which is the task you were given by God. You are a hero in my eyes and a legend in your time. You took a chunk of my heart with you but you will never be gone because you will always be with me in my heart you left behind. I know you are watching over your family from the other side. You are their angel. I’m keeping all of you in my prayers. I will always love you and your family. ❤

  • Trisha (Prickett) Esmailka Posted April 20, 2020 4:40 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you.

  • Lisa rankin Posted April 20, 2020 7:15 am

    Anne Mark and Gracie thank you so much for giving me the privilege and honor to know jake and share his journey. You raised one amazing spiritual young man, always smiling with that beautiful smile no matter what he was going through he always wanted to help others. I think if everybody” lived like jake” this world would be awesome just like him.i know I’m gonna try everyday but he held a high bar! I’ll miss you Jake everyday but we will meet again my friend keep watch over your family angel until then amen #live like Jake # team Jake forever # buzzing in heaven!

  • Alison Millar Posted April 27, 2020 11:53 pm

    Obituary

  • Alison Millar Posted April 28, 2020 12:02 am

    Love and miss my wonderful grandson Jacob(Jake) Berglund!
    He was a wonderful young man who loved everyone and especially the Lord! He will be happy to meet his Papa David and Aunt Keri, they in turn will be so happy to have him with them! ♥️

  • Kathy Adams Posted May 6, 2020 1:39 pm

    Ann, I was surprised & saddened by the news of Jake’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you & your family. I remember when we worked for the Heath Dept. & Jake would come in, constantly moving, a bundle of energy, happiness & his sunny personality. I know that those who knew him better will miss that smile. Our continued thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

  • Misty Nordeng Posted September 24, 2020 4:34 pm

    Happy 1st Birthday in heaven Buzz. Miss you and love you my Sunshine!!

  • Emma Donaldson Posted September 25, 2020 2:32 pm

    we love you buzz. we miss you so much. happy Birthday

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