Gary was born to Dave and Shirley Baker in Grand Junction, Colo., in April of 1947 and was raised in Moab, Utah. Gary graduated from Grand County High School in 1965. He attended college in Utah prior to returning to Moab, where he worked in the uranium industry. Gary married the love of his life, Mary, in 1968 in Moab, Utah. Gary worked as a salesman of mining and heavy machinery.
In the 1980s he started his own business selling heavy equipment, which he proudly operated successfully until his death.
Gary was active in his children and grandchildrens’ lives, 4-H, and loved his farm, where he has raised everything from kids to cattle.
Gary enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, raising cattle and spending time on his 4-wheeler in the outdoors.
Gary is survived by his father, David Baker of Moab, Utah; his brothers, Ed (Sally) Baker of Parachute, Colo., and Stan (Chris) Baker from Moab, Utah; his children, William (Debbie) Baker, Grand Junction, Bart (Tera) Baker, Palisade, Amy (Justin) Tezak of Grand Junction; and his grandchildren, Brandee Baker, Brad Baker, Mathew Baker, BreAnna Baker and MaryEmma Tezak, whom he loved dearly, and was very proud of.
Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Baker, on Aug. 19, 2004, and his loving wife of 30 years, Mary Baker, on April 22, 1998.
A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Canyon View Vineyard Church, 736 24-1/2 Road, Grand Junction, Colo., 81505.
A reception will follow at the Orchard Mesa Lions Club Park, Mesa County Fairgrounds (across from City Market) Orchard Mesa, Colo., 81503.
Memorial funds can be donated to: Mesa County 4-H Foundation, P.O. Box 4828, Grand Junction, CO, 81502.
Gary will be remembered and missed for his sense of humor, his honesty and the loving care that he showed for all.