OBITUARY

Carl Dennis Baerhold

January 17, 1948April 27, 2011

Carl Dennis Baerhold 1948-2011

Carl Dennis Baerhold left us suddenly and without warning on Wednesday April 27, 2011, in Salt Lake City. His light will continue to shine in the hearts of those whose life he touched as he moves on to other adventures. His life was not about personal perfection, but about perfect humanity – in all its humor, its glory, its twists and turns. He was first of all an authentic friend whose ready wit was focused to support those around him. To say he will be missed by all who encountered him is a vast understatement. Dennis was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended The McDonogh prep school in Owings Mills, MD. He later attended Virginia Tech and acquired his degree from Webber International University in Babson Park, FL, where he also served as Dean of Students. He always said he wanted to retire in Southwest Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He lived most of his adult life in central Florida. One of his favorite places was on Lake Howard, FL where one of his daughters still resides. Dennis enjoyed working with his hands and rehabbed many houses during his life. He knew about practically everything from carpentry to electrical. His favorite thing though, was interacting and helping people. He spent many years working for the Guardian Ad Litem program in Florida, where he helped so many children, some of whom he still kept in touch with. Dennis touched our lives in so many ways. He loved people, and loved his job at the Home Depot. He lived to make people laugh. He always said that The Home Depot saved his life. He died in his orange apron surrounded by everyone who loved him, which is what he would have wanted. He is survived by six living children; Michelle Cotton, Michael Baerhold, Kelly Baerhold, Sam Baerhold, Sprague Baerhold and Jason Baerhold, two step children; Christopher Tardy and Suzanna Bauer and three former spouses as well as by his sister and brother in law, Barbara and Bob Tanner. There are numerous grandchildren as well, living in Florida. Brickyard Home Depot, his home away from home, is to be thanked for their support at this transitional time. A celebration of his life will be held at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Dr., Salt Lake City, on Tuesday, May 10, at 2 pm in the Chapel.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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Jennifer Petruska

August 24, 2020

Dennis thank you for all you did for me while I was in foster care. Thank you for buying me the bed that I slept in. Thank you for teaching me that love is unconditional thank you so much for being a supportive person in my life I miss you so much you are such a great person I’ll never forget you thank you so much

Chip Mezger

May 26, 2011

Sad news indeed, perhaps a subtle reminder of our own mortality. I remember Dennis fondly. We were pretty tight in Middle School, not so much in Upper School as he went the band route and I opted for the cavalry. What I remember most were the weekends spent on his parents' farm; in particular driving an old 1949 Studebaker across the fields and over ditches like madmen and laughing all the way. No seat belts, no airbags. . .what a blast! I also remember us working together building a model of a V-8 engine for Mrs. Evans' science class only to have the thing fall apart in front of the class. . .should have used glue I suppose. Rest in peace, Dennis. Chip Mezger

May 24, 2011

Dennis - you will surely be missed by all of your McDonogh '66 Classmates. Until we meet again ...

Rocky L and your McD classmates

Dewanna Moore

May 12, 2011

My birthday buddy...we shared the same birthday. We used to see who could get the first phone call out to wish each other a happy birthday. You were a good friend, a good person and had the biggest heart!! I will surely miss you, but I will see you again in Heaven! Dewanna West Moore

Cedric Cox

May 11, 2011

"Dennis, thanks for the support and encouragement during my troubled times. I appreciate all you did and have done for me and everyone else. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

Kelly Light

May 10, 2011

Dennis,
You have always reminded me of a big Teddy Bear. Thank you for your kindness, acceptance, and love. The times Ray and I spent with you and Carol on the river will always be very special memories. Thank you for the blessing of having known you.
Kelly.

Roger Quarles

May 8, 2011

Dennis, you have been missed. You was a good friend and associate that I enjoyed working with and building with. There is not much else I can say. I miss you my friend!

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