Brewer was 34 years of age and was serving in the White House Office of Science and Technology.
Such a terrible loss; way too early.
If you would like to make a donation, the Jake Brewer memorial education fund has been set up.
Mary Katharine took to Instagram and shared some of the fond memories of their time together.
We lost our Jake yesterday, and I lost part of my heart and the father of my sweet babies. I don't have to tell most of you how wonderful he was. It was self-evident. His life was his testimony, and it was powerful and tender and fierce, with an ever-present twinkle in the eye. I will miss him forever, even more than I can know right now. No arms can be her father's, but my daughter is surrounded by her very favorite people and all the hugs she could imagine. This will change us, but with prayer and love and the strength that is their companion, we can hope our heartache is not in vain– that it will change us and the world in beautiful ways, just as he did. If that sounds too optimistic at this time, it's because it is. But there was no thought too optimistic for Jake, so take it and run with it. I will strive and pray not to feel I was cheated of many years with him, but cherish the gift of the years I had. In a life where nothing is guaranteed, Jake made the absolute, ever-lovin' most of his time with all of us. This is a family picture we took a couple weeks ago. It was taken because Jake, as always, was ready with a camera and his immense talent. All four members of our little, growing family are in it. I can never be without him because these babies are half him. They are made of some of the strongest, kindest stuff God had to offer this world. Please pray that he can see us and we'll all make him proud. God, I love him. Psalm 34:18, Philippians 1:3
Those eyes tho. A 28-year-old man in Morocco and a 55-year-old woman in Indiana can see again today thanks to Jake's cornea donations. There was some question as to whether he would be eligible because he had recently traveled to Kenya (malaria, etc.). I somewhat forcefully told them to put extra people on making sure he could give a) because it would be some of the best stuff they ever got and b) because he would have wanted it that way. That is not a conversation I ever expected to have, and one of the hardest, but I'm glad I did. There's something very Jake about a simultaneous view of Indiana and Morocco. I hope he enjoys it. (Consider donation for you and your loved ones).
Condolences from friends and colleagues poured in.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Katharine and the entire family.