Gary Wayne Baker

May 12, 1945November 13, 2012
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Gary Wayne Baker Sr., 67, passed away November 13, 2012, in Mesa, AZ. He was born May 12, 1945, in Alliance, OH, the son of James A. and Marceline M. Baker. He worked as a volunteer fireman at the Elyria Township Fire Dept.; he also worked for such places as Rigid Tools, Skateland, AMF Bowling and Fresh and Easy. Gary is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Connie Baker, who were married on July 18, 1964 in Elyria, OH; he is also survived by his sons Gary W. “Little Gary” Baker, his partner James P. Combs and Douglas E. Baker, his wife Erika A. Baker; brothers William, Ivan and James Baker; grandson Cory Baker; granddaughters Ariana and Kayla Baker. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert Baker and his sisters Virginia Baker, Betty McKinnon and Gladys Warner. A visitation will be held from 6 – 8 pm, Sunday, November 18, 2012 with a funeral service at 11 am, Monday, November 19 at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel, 6747 East Broadway Rd, Mesa. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to “Stand up to – Melanoma Research or the American Heart Association in memory of Gary. Please visit to leave a tribute. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens (480) 830-4422.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 19, 2012

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November 14, 2013

A year later Pops and your light is still burning brighter than ever. Keep watching over each of us as we learn to live without your physical presence. Love you and Thank you...Doug

Julie & Mike Stansberry

November 13, 2013

Connie, Gary was such a wonderful boss, friend, and teacher. He was so much fun to work and play with. Our golf outings made the time we spent in the bowling centers manageable. We have really missed him and it is difficult to realize that he left us a year ago today. He would be so proud of how strong you have been. Mike and I VALUE our friendship with you . Our thoughts are with you family today. Julie and Mike

November 19, 2012

Connie, I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was a great man and did so much for others. I can never express thanks enough for the friend he was to my mom. He will be greatly missed. I know that he is up in heaven with no pain or illness now watching out for you all in the "true" Gary fashion. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family at this time. Candee Lott, Utah.

Anita Stapleton

November 19, 2012

So very sorry to hear about your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts an prayers. Love, Mike & Anita (Bolland) Stapleton

Maria Moe

November 19, 2012

You had/have the best smile, the best sarcastic, wonderful attitude. I am very privileged to have known you.

Terry and Penny Peterson

November 19, 2012

All our appreciation for being able to share the friendship with such a kind and decent man over the span of many years. Connie and the family are an excellent reflection of Gary's true worth to us all. He will be missed by so many.

November 19, 2012

We are remembering Gary fondly and thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Love, Rick and Karen Maringer

Char McCreadie

November 19, 2012

Lean not unto your own understanding. He has a path for you during this most difficult time. I'm very sorry for your loss. Blessings to all!

Mark Bolland

November 18, 2012

I will never forget your great laugh and smile and the lessons you taught me while i worked at the bowling center. You were a great family man and someone we can all admire. Your legacy will carry on in all of us. Thank you.


November 18, 2012

I will miss you so much Gary! You have been like a father to me. I thank you for welcoming me into your family. You have been an inspiration to us all. I will love you forever! - Janet (Cory's mom)