|Birth: ||Feb. 9, 1952|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 2011|
DOUGLAS ALAN BAKER
2-9-52 to 1-3-11
Douglas Baker was born in Denver on February 9, 1952 to teenage parents. His maternal grandparents, Alta and Jack Field played a key role in his childhood upbringing.
He went to Washington Park Elementary School then to Byers Junior High School and South High School. Directly from High School, Doug joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Ranger during Viet Nam. Doug briefly attended the University of Colorado at Denver but found that academia didn't resonate with him, so he began to pursue a trade.
Doug went to school and learned to be a car painter in the late '70's and plied that trade for many years including owning and operating his own body shop for a time. He refinished numerous cars beautifully for his friends as well as restoring his own 1962 Corvette with a custom paint color he designed.
Doug was concerned about the health risks to the people in the auto refinishing business and began to study and research how to mitigate these risks. This led him to working for Heckendorf Paints as a Starr Team Member - teaching others the correct and safe applications of paint products. This evolved into him doing the sales for the paint booths and mixing rooms through this company.
Doug became a regional distributor for the Garmat, USA factory that is located in Englewood, Colorado in 1994. This was a considered accomplishment for him as he felt the down-draft technology would protect many painters from the health concerns he carried for them as well as himself. He was able to build this business very successfully until 2004 when his health forced him to sell this business.
During the course of Baker Equipment, Inc., Doug was a board member with the Warren Technical School in an effort to support his auto collision industry with continuing to provide good technicians in the field.
Doug began to be interested in music while singing in chorus in school. He began to sing and perform with bands by 13 years old. At the age of 16, Doug and his band, Bleeker Street Subway, played in live music clubs around the Denver area. He was an excellent drummer and was often the singer and drummer and later took up the guitar and became quite proficient with that instrument as well. Nothing soothed Doug more than singing, especially the songs he personally wrote. He has left much music that others will hopefully enjoy and perform long after he is gone.
Douglas was informed in 1997 that he had a very serious medical condition that could result in his death as early as 2002. This news was concerning and led him to focus and build what he could while he kept this news basically to himself and his family so as not to burden others, especially his employees.
As fate would have it Doug was given the gift of life through the liver transplant program in 2004. This was the time he could no longer work regularly. As a way to contribute he became active with The Donor Alliance and did speaking engagements for them to encourage others to be tissue and organ donors. He subsequently fought a battle with bladder cancer and ultimately was taken by bone and liver cancer in January 2011.
Above all Doug wanted to be remembered as a man who loved his family. He found his friends important in his life and cared deeply what they thought of him. He made music simply for the joy of it. And he loved his wife, Claire, unconditionally to whom he committed himself in 1976.
He mentored two boys through later childhood and into adolescence. He was extremely committed to both of these young men and saw them both become young men of character. His association with these boys was something he was immensely proud of in life as he did not have children of his own. I believe both of these young men would say that Doug provided fathering that they both needed and deserved in a loving and respectful way.
He loved cars, motorcycles, car racing - especially the open wheel variety, shifter carts and the racing of same, fly fishing, camping and motor homing, pheasant hunting and always music. He loved to be on stage playing his original music and delighted in his loved ones and fans enjoying and especially dancing to his tunes. His music can be found at www.Sweetmo.net.
He was a fast friend. He was a remarkably loyal and strong man. If friends, family or neighbors needed a hand and Doug was physically capable, he was there without hesitation. He has a bounty of people who love and respect him. He always made time when someone needed to talk and process through something. He often came up with just the right thing one needed to hear.
Doug is survived by his wife, Claire Goodis-Baker, his father, Lovell S. Baker, his brother, Brian J. Baker, his step-mother, Jane Baker, his sisters-in-law, Joy Baker and Darlene Goodis, as well as uncles, aunts, numerous cousins and countless friends, customers and colleagues who will all spend many years missing this man.
His memorial service and celebration of his life will be held on February 4, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at the Wellshire Inn at 3333 south Colorado Boulevard. If you knew and loved him please feel free to join us at this event.
In lieu of flowers kindly send donations to http://www.thedenverhospice.org in memory of Doug Baker.
". . . Fly on my sweet angel,
Fly on through the sky,
Fly on my sweet angel,
Tomorrow I'm gonna be by your side"
-Jimi Hendrix, Angel
". . . A life well lived, well I've had my moments
If I could live it over you know I would take the chance."
- Doug Baker, I'm Here Waiting
Created by: ACSwanson
Record added: Jan 21, 2011
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