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.