Jake Adam Sawyers passed away on June 17, 2019, at his home in Cumberland, MD. He was 46.
Jake was born on August 28, 1972, in Preston, Idaho, to Michael Anthony Sawyers and Sandra Ann (Fraley) Sawyers.
Jake was a naturally gifted athlete, good at everything he tried. He was a star athlete at Bishop Walsh High School, where he graduated in 1990, lettering in soccer and baseball all four years. For fun, he even ran cross country and bowled. After Bishop Walsh, he graduated from Garrett Community College in 1992 with an Associate degree. He moved on to West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in psychology in 1995.
He was a standout pitcher at both schools. During the 1994 season at WVWC, Jake threw a no-hitter against Bluefield State College, a performance that earned him West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honors. Jake was also named the Pitcher of the Year and Athlete of the Year at Garrett Community College in 1992.
Jake was a passionate fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that brought him much joy, as he was of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team that brought significantly less joy. Throughout his life, he made friends easily, on the ballfield, on the golf course, or while watching the game. He worked for many years as a bartender, and for a time worked at Obrycki’s crab house in Baltimore, which belonged to the family from which his lovely mother, Sandy, was born. He loved to golf, and of course was good at it.
Jake leaves behind his parents, Michael and Sandy of Rawlings; as well as his two younger brothers, Seth (wife Magan) of Baltimore and Ryan (wife Jaime); his nephew, Brady; and niece, Chelsea of Gainesville, VA. He also leaves behind his love, Melissa Bauman, of Cumberland. Everyone who knew him will miss him terribly. He was fun to be around.
Friends and family are welcome to a memorial service on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 15205 McMullen Hwy SW, Cresaptown, from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will immediately follow at the funeral home at 7 p.m. with Chaplain Mark Perman officiating.
All are welcome at Niner’s Canal Pub, 2 Pershing Street, Cumberland, afterwards for a celebration of his life, and to share in the laughter that Jake loved.
In lieu of flowers, the Sawyers family feels confident that Jake would have wished to ask for donations to any 2020 presidential candidate who is not Donald Trump.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com