Billy Max Baker, 50, passed away Feb. 8, 2007.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 they married Sept. 30, 1989, in Redstone.Bill and his longtime friend, Curt Bjork, started their own masonry company, Double B Masonry, in 1995. His craftsmanship of brick and stone can be seen in many homes and buildings throughout Western Colorado.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 every day with his two favorite girls.Bill was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, archery hunting, baseball, volleyball and hiking. He loved watching daughter Staci excel at soccer and 4H.A gentle, thoughtful and caring soul, Bill loved to garden and cook. He would spend hours at Christmas making homemade 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.He is survived by his wife; daughter; mother; brother Jim (Debbie) Baker of Wichita, Kan.; sister Cheryl (Vic) Vaughan of Wichita; sister Kasey Baker of Andover, Kan.; and many nephews, nieces and loving friends. Bill was preceded in death by his father, and niece Tiffany Vaughan.A celebration of his life will be held 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. Farnum-Holt Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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