Lloyd Gene Baker
Aspen, CO, Colorado
Lloyd was born in San Diego on March 25, 1921 to Kenneth and Joyce Baker. On Oct. 25, 2012 he left us to join his beloved wife, the former Marion Caster.
Lloyd’s childhood was spent exploring the ocean and bay of Old Mission Beach. His experiences there would lead to an enduring fascination with the sea. Lloyd was prominent among the early local surfers, shaping many of that era’s “planks.” He spent his summers lifeguarding, and later worked in the tuna fleet as a navigator and spotting plane pilot. He served as a bombardier instructor during World War II, and was a lifelong entrepreneur, which allowed him to pursue his first love of outdoor sports.
In 1960 Lloyd and Marion moved to Aspen, Colo., where their lives revolved around skiing, tennis and physical fitness. In 1985 they came back to San Diego and Lloyd’s passion for the outdoors turned to golf. As he had with every sport, he became a student of the game and an accomplished player. Lloyd and Marion shared an incredible zest for life and will be greatly missed by their families and many friends.
Lloyd is survived by his sons Greg and Ken; grandchildren Alida Baker, Danielle Patterson, Austin Baker and Lo Hayden; sister Norma Griffin; nephew Steve Malcolm and nieces Marilyn Malcolm and Carol Ann Pfeffer, all of San Diego, as well as his niece Cindy Carpenter of Aspen.
Lloyd and Marion’s ashes will be scattered together at sea. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the San Diego Humane Society would have touched their hearts (619-299-7012, sdhumane.org).
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