Shaw & Sons Funeral Home
Our beloved son Blade Dwayne Neff passed away on Tuesday March 8, 2022. He was born to Troy and Kandi Neff on September 14, 2004. At just 17 years old, he was a wild kid and loved life to the fullest. He loved skateboarding, indoor surfing, rollerblading and Blade excelled in all of these sports. Blade also loved basketball, even though he didn’t play sports in school, they said he had such a talent for it. Blade’s greatest passion was music. He was a singer-songwriter known as Skittles B and later BladeRX>//3. While at the Healing Lodge of the 7 Nations, Blade created an album/cd in their recording studio. His music was so good that they sent one of his recorded tracks to the Grammy’s to be nominated for New Artist of the Year. His song was about drug addiction and the struggle to get and stay sober.
Blade loved the underdog; he had a big heart for the homeless and those in need. Blade also loved the LBGTQ community even though he was straight he welcomed everyone with open arms. Blade made friends everywhere he went and loved them with all his heart, and they loved him.
As you can guess, Blade struggled with drug addiction that made its final appearance and took our precious son away from us. Thanks to his addictions, he went to three rehabs. At Daybreak Youth Services, Blade learned to play the guitar in less than 46 days, staff and residents said he played like he had for years. Blade had a profound impact on their lives. During Blade’s last rehab stint at the Healing Lodge of 7 Nations, he earned his GED and earned 3.5 credits so he could return to high school to graduate. During this time he also worked on his music and created a CD that we will cherish forever as it will be the only way to hear his voice again.
Blade attended Whitney Elementary School, Wilson Middle School, and Eisenhower High School; he desperately wanted to go back to school and graduate. We are so proud of what he has accomplished. He also wanted to go to college in Spokane, WA to pursue his music and become a counselor to help others get off drugs. Blade had so much love for people that he donated his organs to help save other lives in desperate need of these precious gifts. We know Blade wanted this because he had a big heart and loved helping those in need.
We have heavy hearts, parents should never have to bury their own children, there is a hole in our hearts that can never fully heal. We will keep our son in our hearts and thoughts until we meet again! Blade is now a star in the heavens watching over us and everyone he loved. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends who loved him dearly.
Blade was predeceased by his grandmothers Sandy Neff and Winona Christenson. Also preceding him in death was his uncle, Stan Christenson. Surviving Blade are his parents Troy and Kandi Neff, his brothers Christopher Neff and Lance Neff, his grandparents Murlin Neff, and his wife Lori, James (Jim) Christenson and his partner Loretta Kissler, Wanda Neff, Victoria Doman, aunts and uncles Daron Neff and Beth Axe, Robert (Rod) Neff, Joshua Neff and Layne Barnick, Tony Christenson, Mike and Shelly Christenson, Tanya Garcia (Neff) and companion Charles Jacobs and Andrea Harris, cousins Kyle Vela (Neff), Savanah Vela, Sabrina Vela, Brianna Harris, Brice Barnick (Neff), Marissa Barnick (Neff), David Christenson, Jason Christenson and Stacie Marez Christenson.
Special thanks to all the rehab centers Blade attended and the staff and friends he made who understood his addictions, Sundown M Ranch, Daybreak Youth Services and The Healing Lodge of the 7 Nations. Thank you to Memorial Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital for taking such good care of him during this difficult time. Also, Barth Clinic for all their support. We would also like to thank McClure Elementary School, friends and colleagues for their support during this difficult time. One last person we would like to give love and thanks to is “Gus”, a dear friend and sponsor who has tried everything to help our son stay sober. Blade loved and respected you and we are blessed that he got to know you.
Blade had so many friends who loved him dearly and were profoundly changed knowing him. They were like his second family, he loved you all dearly!
Visitation is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Shaw & Sons Funeral Home (201 N. 2nd St., Yakima, WA 98901). A funeral service will also be held at Shaw & Sons on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 9:30 a.m., followed by interment at Tahoma Cemetery at approximately 11:00 a.m. A reception at Shaw & Sons will follow the funeral. All are welcome at all services. The funeral service will be streamed live and made available using a link at the bottom of Blade’s obituary on our website www.shawandsons.com where memories and condolences may also be shared. Shaw & Sons Funeral Home takes care of the family.