Brian D. Baker

July 28, 1942September 18, 2017

Brian Baker, 75, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Resthaven Cemetery.

Brian was born July 28, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Cecil and Marjorie (Covault) Baker. He grew up on a horse ranch and his love for horses grew as he competed in professional horse riding competitions all over the United States winning trophy’s and ribbons. He graduated from Lincoln High School. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree from S.W. Missouri State University. After graduating, he became a buyer for Younker’s department stores. Brian was known as a master gardener. He was very meticulous about his lawn and made sure everything in his man cave/workshop was clean and tidy. His passion was to tinker and building things. He liked to figure out exactly how things worked. Brian was a champion dart player and won tournaments all over Iowa and in the United States.

Brian is survived by his son, Brant (Vanessa) Baker and daughter, DeAnn (Brent) Knoot; grandchildren, Lexus, Leah, Brock, Paiven and Tate; brother, Randy Baker; sister, Barbara Baker and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, family request that memorials be directed to the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden or to the Gray’s Lake Park and Meredith Trail Fund.


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, September 20, 2017


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John :Bortell

September 20, 2017

growing up with Brian was great and the memories of the Flying Hooves Drill team was fantastic from the Yearlings to the Seniors. Thought we were all :Bullet Proof" My best to Barbie and Randy... Rest in Peace Brian... John Bortell

Chris Page

September 19, 2017

Please know your friends are with you in thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. Pleasant memories of Brian will see you through.

Alan and Janice Russell

September 19, 2017

So sorry to hear of this!! RIP our good friend and neighbor!! We will miss you!!

Frank and Pam Harrison

September 19, 2017

DeAnn, Brant and families: Very sorry to learn of your Father's passing. Know that you are all in our prayers.