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January 30, 2018
Donald Lee Baker
Sept. 9, 1954-Jan. 18, 2018
Donald Lee Baker, 63, peacefully journeyed home to be with our Lord and Savior, on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born at Weld Country General Hospital, in Greeley to Dorothy E. (McHale) and Dallas Lee Baker on Sept. 9, 1954. Don graduated from Roosevelt High School and was a Colorado native. On April 6, 1985, he married Lori Ann Hojio in Estes Park. Together they raised two beautiful, loving, and responsible children, in Windsor. They navigated the storms and calm waters of life, in unity, with our LORD God.
Don had an immense love for the outdoors, and throughout his life enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening. He was an avid knife collector and thoroughly enjoyed sharing his collection, with all those in his life. He enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos. Don devoted his life and his love to his family. He was a loving and endearing husband to Lori. Don was a kind, caring, supportive, and devoted father to Ashley (Nick) and Drew. The light of Don's life was his granddaughter, Tayla. She was his pride and joy, and it was evident through the time, love, adoration, and affection he gave to her.
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In 2008, Don was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma that few people are aware of and acknowledge. Don faced this challenge with relentless strength, courage, and bravery. Throughout this challenge Don never complained and maintained his sense of humor, to lighten the hearts of the family, friends, and medical staff surrounding him.
Don is survived by his wife, Lori; two children, Ashley Marie (Nick) Surber and Drew Allen Baker; and granddaughter, Tayla Nicole Surber all of Windsor; stepmother, Reta Baker of Loveland; brother, Ron (Wendy) Baker of Kimball, Neb.; sisters, Jodie (Dana) Kraus of Johnstown, Barb (Rick) Jensen of Mead, Judy Dale of Ga., and Pam (Rod) Thompson of Loveland; brother, Troy (Cissy) Mullis of Loveland; as well as, numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
His parents, Dallas and Dorothy, preceded him in death.
Our family extends our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Michael Stone, Dr. Michael Maris, Dr. Hans Coester, The Medical Center of the Rockies, Pathways, all of their staffs; and countless other medical personnel, for their expertise, care, and guidance throughout Don's journey, in living with Multiple Myeloma.
Don will be cremated. The family has set aside a day for a private memorial service in his honor. Memorial Contributions may be made in his name through Mark's Funeral Services, in Windsor, Colo