October 7, 1975April 22, 2021

Aaron Lee Baerwaldt, 45, was welcomed into the arms of his Heavenly Father on April 22, 2021. Although he was strong in so many respects, Aaron’s heart was weak and failed his body.

Aaron was born on October 7, 1975 in Dallas, Texas, the second child of Lea Hudson and Herb Baerwaldt. During his youth he lived in Dallas and Corpus Christi, Texas, and then became a northern transplant, first to the Cuyahoga Falls area of Ohio, and then the Springfield area of Illinois. He returned to Dallas, the city of his birth, to complete his high school education. Once in Dallas he started studying martial arts, and he was truly gifted in that area of sport as well as many others. He spent some time at the University of North Texas before finding his talent for sales, marketing and management.

Aaron fell head over heels in love, and soon thereafter married Natalie Ridley on March 14, 2008. Marrying Natalie gave Aaron an immediate large extended family, along with the fun of many large family gatherings and celebrations. His greatest accomplishments in this life came with the birth of his first daughter Maslynn in December 2009, and second daughter Evynn in July 2011! These two daughters brought unmeasurable joy to Aaron’s life. Everyone who saw him in action agreed that he was an outstanding dad! He had patience and creativity – two great qualities for life with children.

Aaron had many interests, especially science. He was also a great cook and could take whatever ingredients he might find in the pantry and frig and create a gourmet delight. He loved the great outdoors and especially fishing and hunting. He was fearless and always ready to tackle a new challenge.

Aaron is survived by his wife Natalie Ridley Baerwaldt, daughter Maslynn Baerwaldt, daughter Evynn Baerwaldt, brothers Pete Baerwaldt and Dylan Baerwaldt of Dallas, TX, parents Lea Hudson and husband Jim Hudson of Wylie, TX, parents Herb Baerwaldt and wife Shelley Dawson of Lake Texoma, TX, Aunt Linda Corkill and husband David Washington of San Antonio, TX. He will also be missed by numerous cousins and close friends.

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Herb Baerwaldt

May 5, 2021

Another marital arts photo, but from long ago.

Herb Baerwaldt

May 5, 2021

Memorial Thoughts - Aaron Baerwaldt - My Son Forever

Borrowing a title from Bruce Springsteen, Aaron was "born to run" - not as a runner like his dear & beautiful wife Natalie, but as an extremely active little guy, and later an extremely active big guy. We have many fun family stories of Aaron as a kid - the blue paint in the night, tying his bedroom door shut on Christmas Eve to keep him from opening all the presents, 100 ball bearings scattered through the house that took years to find, panhandling at the 7/11 to get money for ice cream from strangers, and many more.

Some of my best times with Aaron were when we started training in martial arts together when he was 18 years old. It was a very bonding experience and has provided stories that will last my lifetime. It gave us a special connection.

I always told Aaron that he was a way better father than I was, and it was true. He lived for his daughters and provided them with fun memories that I hope and pray will last their whole lives.

Cindy Wright

May 5, 2021

Natalie - I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know my heart goes out to you and your cherished girls. God Bless. Love, Cindy

Kelly Wierzbinski

May 5, 2021

Dear Natalie,
My heart breaks for you at this time. You always spoke so lovingly about your husband and this tribute shows what a wonderful person he was.
I ask that God carries you in your sadness and loss and please know that He is catching every tear. May angels cover you with heavens wings and carry your heavy heart. Praying for you, your girls and family.

Cathey Brown

May 5, 2021

Dear Natalie--My prayers are with you and your girls with the loss of Aaron. Although I did not have the honor of knowing him he clearly was a wonderful dad and partner. Grace and Peace, Cathey Brown

Lauren McAllister

May 4, 2021

On April 26th, we had the opportunity to gather for a special memorial to celebrate Aaron’s life. Natalie’s current & former running students, Masi’s soccer team, in addition to several family members and friends, showed up to walk, run and support the Baerwaldt family. Everyone completed one lap in honor of Aaron, and then three additional laps for each of his girls. We prayed, heard from Natalie and then wrote special memories & messages on blue balloons. We released the balloons in celebration of Aaron’s incredible life. Aaron was the best kind of friend, neighbor, coworker, family member, husband and especially dad. He was a bright light in this world and will be forever missed. A special thank you to Laura Martin and Kim Morreale who so thoughtfully planned this event.

Beverly & David Young

May 3, 2021

We shared many experiences with Aaron as a child and young adult. He had a personality as big as his heart! When we went on an outing to Lake Travis he was learning to surfboard. We would ask him, Ready Aaron? His answer was always, I was born ready!
But you never knew what he would come up with, such as when traveling with his Dad going through an airport they were almost arrested when a deactivated hand granade he had purchased at a navy surplus was found in his luggage. We laughed about that for years! He was one of our favorite people! We grieve with his family and especially his daughters.💔


May 2, 2021

Love ya brother, you will be truly missed by all...

Shelley Dawson

May 2, 2021

I've been bonus mom to Aaron since he was about 5 years old. He was always ready to go anywhere and do anything - he always said he was born ready and it was the truth! Through the years he was lots of fun, and occasionally lots of trouble! He had a zest for life and never hesitated to try something new. Aaron was an incredible father, and although he will miss many years in his daughters lives, I know they will remember him forever. I'm attaching one of my favorite pictures from his childhood - I've shared it on Facebook on his birthday more than once. It always brings a smile to my face. RIP Aaron

Shelley Dawson

April 30, 2021

Friends of Natalie have set up a place for memorial donations to help with future educational and other needs for Masi & Evy. If you want to contribute, this is the link: