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Michael Allen (Mike) Baker

Posted 2017-08-07 by Judy Wight Branson
Camp Verde Bugle, Camp Verde, Arizona
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Michael Allen Baker, 55, passed away on July 21, 2017 at his home in
Cottonwood, Arizona surrounded by his devoted family. He was a lover
of people, diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a fancy dresser, a great
dancer, and an amazing son, brother, uncle, and friend.

After Don and Mary retired, they travelled with Mike around the
country in their motor home exploring, visiting family, and having
fun. The last several years of his life were spent in Cottonwood,
Arizona where he made many friends in the community.

Mike’s years of participating in the Special Olympics were
especially fulfilling. With the support and encouragement of great
coaches, his many medals for golf, bowling, floor hockey,
basketball, swimming, track and field, and bocce ball have a place
of honor.

The joy and pride Mike felt participating in Special Olympics was
shared by the entire family.

Mike is survived by his loving and dedicated mother, Mary, his
siblings Donna Baker, Doug Baker (Susan), Michelle Perry, and Pam
Ramos (Rudy), his nieces and nephews, and so many aunts, uncles, and

Mike is preceded in death by his father, Don, and grandparents Jack
and Ethel Vasey, and George and Hazel Baker.

We are especially grateful to all of the family and friends who have
provided love and support and to the caregivers from Maggie’s
Hospice Palliative Care Services. The care and respect shown to Mike
and our family is appreciated beyond words.

Mike brought so much happiness to everyone who knew him, and all of
our lives are much fuller with the 55 years we had him. His bright
baby blues, beautiful smile, and infectious laugh could brighten any
room, making him friends wherever he went. Mike will be missed
dearly, but we are all better having had the honor of his presence.

An online guestbook is available to sign at

Information provided by survivors.

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