Michael James Baetz

September 11, 1957March 6, 2018
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Michael James Baetz, 60, passed away peacefully on March 6, 2018 at his home in Harbor City, CA. He was born on September 11, 1957 in Torrance, CA to Edward and Marguerite (Nettles) Baetz. Michael grew up in Apple Valley, CA, where he graduated from Apple Valley High School in June 1975. Michael had over 29 years of public sector employment as a landscaper/heavy equipment operator with Los Angeles Unified, Santa Monica College and Santa Monica Unified School Districts. He retired from Santa Monica Unified School District in 2014. Michael loved riding his motorcycle along the California coastline, having lunch by the beach and music always played an important role in his life. He was an amazing man who loved to laugh and most of all he was a man who loved his family dearly. In addition to his parents Michael was preceded in death by his sisters Marilyn and Nancy and his brother Richard. Michael is survived by his wife Debra; his sons Justin and Travis; his daughter Cambria, his aunt Sr. Carol Baetz and two nieces and one nephew.

Services St. James Catholic Church 415 Vincent St, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 March 27, 2018 at 10: 00A.M

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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Cambria Becker-Baetz

August 23, 2018

It's been sometime that I could muster up the courage and strength to say my message. I have so many vivid dreams of you everyday and there's not one day that goes by when I don't think of you and wish to give you the biggest hug and kiss. You were the best father a daughter could have, truly. I will always "Kick those boys in the balls and run away laughing" I will forever miss you daddy, my one and only.

Justin Baetz

March 24, 2018

There are so many memories with dad, I don't even know where to begin. One of my favorites were going up north to visit our cousin. We all went to an amusement park up there, and we went on a ride where you watch a mini action movie and the seats move according to the film. Well dad was being funny and making fun of the guy In charge of the safety announcements by mocking him. He had a very thick Hawaiian accent. Well once the ride started dad got tossed around in that little chair like a sack of potatoes! The mocking stoped and all you heard was "aw eh ho ah, ho eh aw oh..." and it went on for the duration of the ride. I couldn't stop laughing. I don't think dad had as much fun as we did on that ride but he sure was a good sport about it.
R.I.P. DAD love you forever!


March 24, 2018

I was shocked to read of Mike's passing. I worked at Santa Monica College when he worked there. We always shared a laugh. He was "Big Mike" and it was great to have known him during the years there. Too young to be gone!

g c

March 23, 2018

My sincere condolences to the Baetz family. May your many fine memories of Michael and loving words comfort family and friends during this difficult time and the days ahead (Isaiah 57:15)

Julie Holleman

March 22, 2018

Laid back and adventurous... On a spur of the moment trip, a few of us ended up in Big Bear on Memorial Day weekend. We found an abandoned Boy Scout camp and made it our own for the day. Mike made himself right at home, even calling out to boaters passing by to "come on in and sit a spell". What a character. Not only humorous; but a genuinely great person. Loving, forgiving, patient, supportive, the list goes will our memories.

Joan Swarms

March 22, 2018

It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the loss of Michael. Although we were not very close we were family and it was always nice to hear from him. I remember when he was around 11 he came east with his mother Marguerite who was my first cousin, my som Michael and your Michael were close in age, they took a trip to Canada with my, mother , Marguerite and the two boys. The last time I saw him was when he came east with Debra. we spent the afternoon

Jody Swarms O'Hare

March 22, 2018

Please know how very sorry we all are to hear of Michael's passing. I'm from the east coast branch (Cambridge,Massachusetts) of Michael's family. I remember Michael coming to visit with his mom Marguerite way back in the 60's when we were so young. I was happy to catch up with him again just a few years back. Some history: My grandmother, Frances "Sis" Goens Rose, was Marguerite's aunt and my mother, Joan Rose Swarms, was Marguerite's cousin, making Mike and our family of 9 kids second cousins. Please know you are in our thoughts.