Billy Max Baker |

Billy Max Baker

Billy Max Baker

Aspen, CO ColoradoBilly Max Baker, 50, departed this earth on Feb. 8 to catch the big one that got away with his dad and niece.Bill was born Oct. 23, 1956, in Wichita, Kan., to Billy and Barbara Baker. He attended Wichita Southeast High School and graduated in 1974.

After high school, Bill moved to the mountains of Colorado to work and fulfill his passion for hunting and fishing. Bill met the love of his life, Melody Freeman, and married her on Sept. 30, 1989, in Redstone.In 1995, Bill, along with his longtime friend Curt Bjork, started his own company, Double B Masonry. His craftsmanship of brick and stone can be seen in many homes and buildings throughout the Western Colorado region.In 1991, Bill and Melody were blessed with the greatest joy of their lives, daughter Staci. Bill was a loving and devoted father who shared his passion for life everyday with his two favorite girls.

Bill was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, archery hunting, baseball, volleyball and hiking. He loved watching Staci excel at soccer and 4-H.A gentle, thoughtful and caring soul, Bill loved to garden and cook. He would spend hours at Christmas making bread, jams, salsas, taffy and peanut butter balls for friends and loved ones.In his short life he touched many through his sense of humor, helping hands and love of life. He is gone from our presence but will live forever in our hearts.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Billy Baker, and niece Tiffany Vaughan.He is survived by wife and daughter, both of New Castle; mother, Barbara Baker; brother, Jim, and his wife, Debbie Baker, and sister Cheryl, and her husband, Vic Vaughan, all of Wichita; sister Kasey Baker of Andover, Kan.; and many nephews, nieces and loving friends.A celebration of his life will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, an educational fund is set up for Bill’s daughter. Contributions may be made at any Alpine Bank.

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