David Lorden Baker

December 5, 1957January 29, 2013
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Dr. David Lorden Baker, Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon, passed away at home in Thousand Oaks on Tues., Jan.29th, with his family at his side. His final adventure was his battle with brain cancer. David was born on Dec. 5th, 1957 to Dr. Keith and Ellen Baker in Long Beach, Ca.- the third child of 9 and first son. He learned from his parents the importance of family, how to dream and to work hard for those dreams. His first challenge occurred in 1977 while a missionary, trying to teach in Spanish to the immigrants of Mexico the importance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ while serving in the Texas San Antonio Mission. While overlooking the city of Eagle Pass, TX, he committed to love them and serve them. He succeeded where no one else had. His ability to speak Spanish like a native assisted him here and the rest of his life. To achieve great things, it is easier with someone by your side to inspire, motivate, and who will jump in when you don’t want to. David was fortunate to have his best friend, lover, and eternal companion to do just that. Leslie and David were married on November 10th, 1979 in the Los Angeles Temple. Their teamwork and chemistry are matchless. They have raised four wonderful children, David Lorden Jr., Eric, Kelly, and Nicholas to each dream big dreams and also the importance of family. Prior to college, David worked numerous jobs, such as Construction Framer, Accountant, Mortgage Banker and “Disco-Tech” owner. He applied to the Dental School at the University of the Pacific because it was a three-year, year round program rather than the traditional 4 years. David and Leslie worked hard and was the Valedictorian of his 1987 class. He wanted to challenge himself more, so he spent the next five years at the University of Washington in the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery program, spending the last nine months training in the Netherlands. He opened his first Oral Surgery practice in Lancaster, California then a second office in Tehachapi. Looking to follow his promptings, he moved his family to Las Vegas, NV. Missing the California beaches and good weather, he moved back to California and settled in Thousand Oaks, joining the practice of Courtyard Facial & Oral Surgery in Camarillo. Looking for more adventures, he then opened the Valencia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery/Implant Center in the Santa Clarita Valley, then another office in Palmdale. He was a very talented surgeon, gave lectures and seminars on his specialty and was a published author in many professional journals. David’s real talent and passion was in serving, mentoring, and inspiring others, all throughout his life. While still in Residency, he and Leslie invited the future Oral Surgeon, Dr. Angel Esperanza from Spain to live with them for a year, mentoring and teaching him in English and his native language, Spanish. David paid for and took teams of Surgeons to the small villages of Honduras and the hills of Peru as the lead of the Cleft Lip and Palate Team, partnering with the Rotary Club, serving the underprivileged children and inspiring other Doctors to do the same. He was the only Oral Surgeon to repeatedly donate his services at the Eisner Pediatric Medical Center at UCLA. He helped build and maintain an Orphanage in Tijuana, where he and his Baker family spent many Christmas’ giving. While his profession was very important to him, his most important role was that of being a Husband and Father. For the last seven years, he has also loved being a Grandfather. David Lorden and Becky have Alexis and Blake. Eric and Joanna have Cruise and McLayne. Having family around and doing activities with family was imperative to David. He taught them that if your dreams don’t scare you, you’re not dreaming enough. He loved speed of many kinds. He jumped out of helicopters to experience virgin snow. He loved to fish, and fished all around the world. Surgeon by day, David was an eclectic farmer by night. He harvested avocados, lavender, honey and lavender oil. He loved his John Deere tractor. His legacy will be seen in the lives of his children, his grandchildren and in the lives of the many people he served and inspired the world over.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 2, 2013

David Lorden Baker

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Diana Duran

March 5, 2014

I had the pleasure to work with Dr Baker and he was the most amazing human being I have ever met. My heart is filled with sorrow and I will never forget his kindness, his love for his family. He will be missed.

Bridgett Lee

August 7, 2013

I just heard about the passing of Dr. Baker and my heart just sank. No I'm not a friend, or close friend of the family, only a very satisfied patient who was very taken back by his gentle and passionate concern and care of his patients. I had NEVER had such a wonderful experience sitting in a dental chair, and everyone around me was amazed at my speedy recovery and the fact that my jaws never swelled from having my wisdom teeth taken out! I swear I must have told everyone I came in contact with to go see Dr. Baker if they need their wisdom teeth out and I had told my kids when it's time for theirs to come out he would be the only person I would trust to do it. To his wife and family I can just see all the love you all shared which is evident in the pictures, and I know you were a very close and loving family. To the kids I pray that God is covering you all and is getting you through on a day to day basis because it's very difficult to lose a parent at a young age. I know because I lost my mom to cancer and it was very sudden and I felt this huge void in my life that not even my husband could fix. It was only through the grace of God that I was able to cope with the death of my mother without drugs and alcohol which is so easy to fall back on to take the pain away but, know that you are not alone and he is with each of you every step of the way! I don't why I'm writing such a long note to complete strangers, but I felt compelled to speak what's on my heart and say your father, husband, and brother was a great man, and I'm sorry for your loss. Stay strong for him. Be Blessed and cherish the memories....B. Lee

Joe and Karen Neff

February 19, 2013

We cherish the good times we had together, the laughter we shared, the long talks and just being able to associate with such a great man! And especially to call David our friend!! We love you dear Baker family. Thanks for the memories.

February 19, 2013

Our love and prayers to the Baker family. We miss David and are honored by having known him. We miss his presence in our lives. Carol and Steve Andersen

Kim Williams

February 19, 2013

Baker Family,
I will always remember when I "entered" the Tolson Family through marrying Calvin, the blessings of being cousins with such amazing people! Though we did not see all of you much (Cindy and Jill a little more when we were in Utah) it was always so fun to be with you. I do remember always noticing something very special between David and Leslie. The relationship you had was a very unique one and you are so blessed to have that forever. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and will be as you continue this journey as an eternal family. Know that you are loved by many here and on the other side( as so much of our family is there now). Be aware that you are in our family and personal prayers and though we are not physically close, our hearts are close and we love you!
Calvin, Kim and kids

Malorie Smith

February 7, 2013

I worked for Dr. Baker for 2 1/2 years. He was the most gentle, kind, selfless doctor you would ever find out there. He was the best boss I ever had at any job. I pray for his family that they will find comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering and you will see him again one day. My thoughts and prayers go to all of the Baker Family.

The Bacchus Family

February 7, 2013

We just heard of Dr. Davids passing. He was a wonderful man who could make you smile even while being told you needed surgery. He not only was a gifted doctor but also a kind and compassionate healer who took time to care. His lively personality was a joy. We will remember him always and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Lydia Stevens

February 6, 2013

You're in my prayers. I am so sad for you. Our nurses here at P.V. are devasted to hear of his passing. Be well. Stay blessed.

Terri Berry

February 4, 2013

Dr. Baker removed all four of my children's wisdom teeth. He was very kind, professional and personable. I knew he had four children too. My deepest condolences to your family over the loss of this very nice man.

Mari Porter

February 4, 2013

The over-arching feeling I have about David is that he is (I'm sure this trait continues with him still) very earnest in all his endeavors. He never does anything without giving, and feeling full purpose of heart. His motives and demeanor are always pure and charitable and accompanied by that winning smile!
A favorite memory is of his always wonderful, insightful, and knowledgeable comments in Sunday School; they never failed to invite the spirit, and enlighten the discussion.
But most important of all, his most valuable legacy, is the way he cherished Leslie. It was evident in everything he said and did. There is no doubt they are each other's best friend, truest love, and deepest soulmate, and will be madly in love with each other throughout the Eternities. Together, David and Leslie are the perfect, and I mean perfect, example of a Celestial Marriage.
To honor David, we will all try to be more like him. May God bless and comfort his wife and family. We love you!