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In Loving Memory of William (Bill) T. Baker

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William Terence Baker, May 11, 1943 – October 9, 2013

In Loving Memory

William (Bill) Terence Baker, known to his closest friends as Bakes, passed away on October 9, 2013 at age 70. Bill died at his home in Reno, NV in the loving care of his wife, daughters and granddaughters after a long, courageous fight with cancer.

Bill requested that there be no formal service. In lieu of flowers the family has selected a reputable, local charity of which Bill would approve. (He would also love the name.) Bill was a true animal lover so a gift of any amount is a lovely and fitting tribute.

Donations in Bill Baker’s honor may be sent to Shakespeare Animal Fund  here.  You can put a note in the notes to shipper field during the donation process that it is in honor of Bill.  Please visit www.WaltonsFuneralHomes.com if you would like to sign Bill’s online guest book of memories.

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William Terence Baker, May 11, 1943 – October 9, 2013


William (Bill) Terence Baker, known to his closest friends as Bakes, died on October 9, 2013 at the age of 70 in his home in Reno, NV.  Bill passed in the loving care of his wife, daughters and granddaughters after a long, courageous fight with cancer.


Bill was born on May 11, 1943, in Austin, TX to Herschel Clay Baker and Barbara Ann Morris Baker, and grew up in Boston, MA with his sisters Ann and Pamela.  Bill excelled academically, scoring in the top one percentile of S.A.T. scores in the Nation.   Following in his father’s footsteps, he attended Harvard University. During college he enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and out of 21 men (7 from Harvard, 7 from Princeton and 7 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) he was chosen 1st Cadet, the #1 Midshipman.


Bill always has an adventurous side, however, and despite his New England roots in academia, in his early 20s he left Boston to chase his dreams west.  Hitchhiking across the States, he worked many odd jobs, like bar keep and ranch hand, until the road led him to the love of his life, Carol Sue Casaday and her young daughter, Lauren.   The romance sparked at campfire sing-alongs on a guest ranch in Arizona, with Bill on his guitar and Carol singing harmony and took the two on a road trip across Europe, to a cottage on Cape Cod, and through a couple of “Goodbye, Forevers” before the real love story officially began.


Bill married Carol on September 2, 1970 in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.  Together they raised three daughters, Lauren, Molly and Amy, living in North Lake Tahoe, CA until 1986, when they moved to Reno.  Bill made his career in the gaming industry and his work ethic, loyalty and dedication earned  him respect from both his co-workers and employers, many of his work relationships developing into lifelong friendships.  In 2011, after over 45 years of working in casinos, Bill retired from Circus Circus.


Bill loved music, dogs and children, and most of all appreciated a good joke, a good story, told “verbatim” and a good time.   An avid reader, he was rarely without a book, either in his pocket or on his desk, and always enjoyed a good detective novel.  He loved to play his guitar and had a terrific voice. He and Carol entertained all of their friends and family for many years singing together and one of their best was Donovan’s “Try and Catch the Wind”.  Bill was also a skilled stone mason, capable of building almost anything and his beautiful work can be found in homes and landscaping throughout Tahoe. His remarkable intelligence and sense of humor, combined with his vast knowledge of the world, made him approachable and loved by all he met.


His study was where he loved to spend the majority of his time in his later years, and it was a place where our family would often gather, tell stories and share a lot of laughter.  Even in the worst of times, Bill was a man who could lighten your sadness with his humor, and make you feel that everything would be ok.  His generosity was renowned, as was his integrity.


 Most of all though, Bill was just a guy that you wanted to spend time with, and he will be so very missed by all of us that were fortunate to know him and have him in our lives. Shortly before his death Bill told his family he believed, "Living a good life is its own reward." Bill Baker lived a good life.


Bill is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Casaday Baker in Reno, daughters Sauret Casada in Garberville, CA, Molly Baker in Seattle, WA, and Amy Baker in Reno, granddaughters Hana Farley in Santa Cruz, CA, Casaday Baker in Reno, and sisters Ann (and husband Jon) Reed in Walker Valley, NY, and Pamela (and husband Steven) Rearden in Herndon, VA, as well as his loyal companion and best friend “Whippy.”


The Baker Family thanks all Bill’s loved ones for their care and support, but especially Ann and Teri Sue and his oldest and dearest friends, Danny & Judy Leshner, Chris & Willy Free, Dick Armocido, John O’Looney, John Anagnostou, Julius Mastro, Bob Collins, Jeff Schmitt, Chad Fulkerson, Tony & Charlie Calogerro, Dale & Jean Nordby, and Max Decaminada. Love and appreciation to John & Linda Rose, Jane & Ron Wardlaw, and Linda & Jim Krantz, among many others; your friendship is cherished.


Bill requested that there be no formal service. In lieu of flowers the family has selected a reputable, local charity of which Bill would approve. (He would also love the name.) Bill was a true animal lover so a gift of any amount is a lovely and fitting tribute.  


Donations in Bill Baker’s honor are being accepted by Shakespeare Animal Fund: POB 8201 Reno, NV 89507  www.ShakespeareAnimalFund.org

 

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