Owen Elliott Black, age 8 years, of New Orleans, LA passed away on May 17, 2013, while vacationing in Perdido Key. Owen was the beloved child of Dr. Brandon Sanders Black and Julia Carol Jurisich.
Owen is survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Blaise Jurisich and Drs. Elliott and Sheila Gottschalk Black and Dr. Mary Ellen Black, as well as numerous aunts and uncles including Barrett Beasley and Stephen, Elizabeth Blum and Robert, Destin Black Lustig and Jason, Summer Black Thomas and Najeeb, Elliott Black, and Charles Black; Sandra and David Scoggin, Richard and Sydney Jurisich, Jr. and Elizabeth Jurisich Cox and Ben Cox as well as numerous loving cousins.
Owen was a happy child who loved to spend time with his family riding his bike at the park and playing at the beach. Owen will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He held a special place in the hearts of all his friends especially Marta Romero and her daughter Daniela Zapata, John Nicosia, and all the wonderful staff at the Chartwell Center.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sheriff David Morgan, Deputy Jeff Moses, Investigator Heath Jackson, and Investigator Bobby Guy and all the staff of the Escambia County Sherriff's Department as well as the many selfless volunteers including Stacy Broussard and Karen Reid from Beyond Expectations who reached out to help Owen. They also want to thank the following organizations: Bay City Sheriff's Office; Orange County Police Dept.; Escambia County Search and Rescue; Bay City Search and Rescue; Daphne Search and Rescue; South Baldwin County Search and Rescue; North Baldwin County Search and Rescue; Bon Secour Fire and Rescue; US Fish and Wildlife; Klass Kids Foundation; US Naval Air Station; Pensacola Fire Dept.; Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement; United States Coast Guard, Mobile, Louisiana, and San Destin; Escambia County Fire Dept.; Florida Marine Patrol; Monroe County Search and Rescue; National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Orange Beach Search and Rescue; Mobile County Search and Rescue; all civilian volunteers, Happy Hour Coffee Shop, Circle K, Tom Thumb and Crab Trap Restaurant who worked so hard to help Owen.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering at Schoen Funeral Home, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA on Saturday, May 25, 2013 between 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Private burial will be in Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Chartwell Center, a school specializing in Autism and Related Disorders, 4239 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70115; 504-899-2478; www.thechartwellcenter.org.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.schoencanalstreet.com.