Franklin M. Baty
April 6, 1942 – February 28, 2018
Franklin M. Baty was born in Loveland, Colorado to Robert E. and Edna M. Baty, the youngest of 4 children.
On February 28, 2018 in Loveland, he saddled his favorite horse and rode into the heavens.
During his younger years in Loveland, he spend most of his time on horseback, where his Dad raised and bred Quarter Horses. After High School, he enlisted in the US Navy in 1959, spent most of his tour in Florida, which happened to be during the Cuban Crisis. After returning home he learned many trades but he always came back to his first love, horses. He owned and operated Batys’ Horseshoeing for many years, learning the trade from the old timers.
He married Lois in Greeley, Colorado and they settled in a place northeast of Kersey, Colorado, where they raised their three children. Frank was a 4H Leader for 20 years, first with Box Elder AG and then Centennial AG. During the summer, he would have 15 to 20 young people and their horses, learning the basics of care, feeding and horsemanship, he also taught a Horse Care Class at Aims Community College. He had a significant role in acquiring locations for the TV production of Centennial.
After the children graduated from Platte Valley High School, he and Lois moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming and built a home off of Horse Creek Road, this was about the time his health started to fade, and in 2011 they moved to the Mad Russian Golf Course outside of Milliken, Colorado.
Having been diagnosed with COPD in 2002, he was a warrior against the disease, his goal was to see all of his grandchildren graduate from high school, which he accomplished. He then wanted to see them graduate college but it wasn’t in God’s plan.
He is survived by his wife Lois, his children Kenneth (Jane) Baty of Loveland, Debbie (Clinton) Russell of North Park and Chris Baty of Horse Creek, Wyoming, eight grandchildren, David, Stephanie and Sydney Baty, Clay, Bryce and Blake Russell and Reilley and Reid Baty and one great grandchild, Conner Baty, all of whom he considered his heart and joy, the reason for putting up the good fight.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Robert L. Baty and James Heiser and sister Betty Jones.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to your local 4H club or the following: Thompson FFA, Platte Valley FFA or North Park FFA.
- A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Franklin M. Baty
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March 9, 2018
Lois, Ken, Debbie and Chris, and Families,
I'm so very sorry to learn of Frank's passing. From reading his obituary, I have learned what a interesting and truly gifted man he was. He was a man who knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life and he did it.
My fond memory of Frank was the day I spent with him at the home North of Kersey while I was a college student at UNC and working with you, Lois, at Woolco.
He and I put up a run of barbed wire fence along the drive that ran up to the house. I have not and never will forget how Frank taught me to put in the corner posts and brace them properly. At the end of the work day, he allowed me to shoot his black powder rifle, one time. That was a great day and learning experience.
I regret that we lost contact, but remember running into you Lois a couple of times and also Ken when you was doing excavating and development work around Greeley. My blessings go out to all of you.
March 9, 2018
Uncle Frank was one of the nicest people I have or ever will meet! Always kind, always patient and always a gentleman! All unique traits you would be hard pressed to find in today (except in his kids!)
I spent every summer as a kid for as long back as I can remember going to Colorado to uncle Frank's and Aunt Lois's. It was what I looked forward to every year! He put me on my first horse (midnight) and on that very day instowed a sense of freedom you can only get riding a horse!
So many memories, my first rodeo, riding the go cart and 4 wheeler (A few wrecks), fishing, 4th of July spent on Fred's lake (it could have been 40 degrees and us kids would still be in the water!), water skiing, rocky mountain oysters (yeah, I'm still not eating those!)...I could go on forever. Thank you Uncle Frank for giving me those special times, a escape from my harsh reality back home. For without it, without you and Lois, without those summers, I'm not sure I would be where I am today.
I hope your fishing with grandma betty and all the rest we've lost along the way. Tell we get to ride horses again.
Lots of love to Aunt Lois, Ken, Debbie, Chris and all the Baty clan! It is in you Frank lives on here on earth!
Summer Rose (Reibling )