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“I had lost contact with the Baker clan and was saddened when I heard--just last Saturday--of Spike's passing. I had the privilege of playing with...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Craig Kirkwood - Cheyenne, WY

“Dear June and Holly, I was very sad to hear of Bob's passing. It's been 30 years since I've seen either of you but I just wanted to convey my...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Bob Lee (aka Luke) - Severance, CO

“To the entire Baker Family, Our deepest sympathy. We will all miss Spike greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tony & Jan ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Tony & Janet Seahorn - CO

“To June and Karen and the entire Baker family: I know how close you all are and can only imagine what you're all going through. Our families...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Bill Kissock - Ft. Collins, CO

“June, Scott, Nancy, and Family, We would like to express our sincere condolences for Spikes passing. In the short time we knew him he was such a...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: The Captain and Mary Gordon - CO

“June and Scott I am so sorry to hear of Spike's passing. You must have a treasure of fond memories. I felt he was a great person. I enjoyed his...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Virginia Swanson - Fort Collins, CO

“My warm and sincere thoughts go out to you June, Holly and the rest of the family...As I have not yet lost my parents and hope that you had taken the...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Dan Girolmo - Dulzura, CA

“Dear Scott and Family, My heartfelt condolences upon the passing of your Dad. His professional success was an inspiration for me to pursue a career...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Rich Cordsen - New York, NY

“Brad and family, So sorry for your loss. My your memories of your dad help you during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Reed and Nicole Hay - Brush, CO

“Dearest June and family, I am so sad to hear of Spike's passing and know how much he will be missed. As one who spent 12 wonderful years with...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Paula Lunberry - Fort Collins, CO

“To the Baker Family, I am sorry to learn of Spike's passing, but I am fortunate to be left with a treasure chest of fond memories of experiences with...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: John Girolmo - Copper Mtn, CO

“Dear June and the entire Baker family, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I know what a wonderful man Spike was. He was always so patient with...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Janice Girolmo Christopher - CO

“Our sincere condolences to the family, particularly Scott and Nancy Baker. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Kim and Jim Durand - Fort Collins, CO

“To: June Baker and Family, Our condolences to all of you with Spike's passing. He was a mentor, friend, and one of a kind. Our thoughts and...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Dale Gorsky - Fort Collins, CO

“To the Baker Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember "Spike" as a man full of life and kindness. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Scott D. Wells - Cheyenne, WY

“Love and Miss you Papa. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Alexis Gordon - Severance, CO

“My deepest sympathies to you all. He was a gentle soul! May the happy memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. Thinking of you... Kelly ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Kelly Wood Ford - fort collins, CO

“Dear Holly and family, I was sorry to read of your dad's passing. I'm sure your memories will help you get through the days ahead. My thoughts and...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Jean O'Connor - Columbia, SC

Robert R. "Spike" Baker, 86, of Fort Collins passed away April 19, 2010. He was born January 19, 1924, in Denver, CO, one of 15 children to Earl and Anna Marie Baker. Spike graduated from Fort Collins High School and attended CSU. Spike was an accomplished amateur golfer. He had the opportunity to compete and play golf all over the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Spike discovered golf while working as a caddy during the Depression in northeast Denver. Practicing in the vacant lot behind his parents home at 41st and Cook Street with a rag-tag collection of clubs handed down to him, Spike taught himself the skills needed to compete. He caddied at the Park Hill Golf Course for 25 to 50 cents a day. Because of his determination and tenacity, he was able to move up the caddie ranks quickly. Spike won the Colorado State Stroke Play Championship in 1957. He qualified for the USGA Senior Amateur Championship three times and was a semi-finalist in 1981. The World Senior Championship, conducted annually at the Broadmoor Golf Club, registers a field of three hundred highly competitive senior golfers representing nearly thirty countries. Spike won the World Seniors in 1982 and 1984 which earned him a spot on the Senior Colorado Cup Team in 1983 and 1984. From 1943 through 1959, he held various positions, including president of the Fort Collins Golf Association. In 1959, he shared the responsibility for the organization and construction of the Fort Collins Country Club where he served on the board of directors and also as its president. Spike was inducted in the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. He was Governor Emeritus of the Colorado Golf Association. There was one thing in life more important than golf; his huge family. Robert married June Seacrest on September 8, 1947, in Moose, Wyoming. Together they started Moondrift Farm, where June raised and trained Morgan Horses, and Spike happily tended to the beautiful grounds. Most of his grandchildren rode and showed horses at some point during their lives. Spike spent his career as a Financial Advisor. He was a partner with his father-in-law in the Don A. Chapin Company, and eventually merged with Boettcher & Company where he was partner and resident manager for many years. Spike eventually retired from Merrill Lynch in Fort Collins. In the Fort Collins community, Spike's service included terms as the president of the local United Way Campaign, and the Fort Collins Rotary Club. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge. Spike, Dad, and "Papa" will be missed for his integrity, competitive spirit, and a sense of humor that lasted right up to his last day on earth. Spike is survived by his wife of 63 years, June; children, Donald "Tack" (Karen) Baker of Fort Collins, M. Brad (Janet) Baker of Loveland, Scott T. (Nancy) Baker of Fort Collins, and Holly Baker (Lloyd Rowe) of Fort Collins; grandchildren, Brook (Steven) Ashworth of Colorado Springs, Tiffany (Gary) Holesovsky of Loveland, Kristy Baker of Fort Collins, Cameo (Scott) Heitzman of Loveland, Carisa (David) Madrid of Loveland, Alexis (Scott) Gordon of Severence, Tyson, and Justin Cross, and Abby Rogers of Fort Collins; 12 great grandchildren; brothers, Roy "Brother" Baker of Denver and Richard Baker of Arkansas; and sister, Ellen "Sissy" Kelly of Denver. A private family memorial service will be held. A Celebration of Spike's Life will take place at 5:00 P.M., Sunday, May 23rd at the Fort Collins Country Club. Memorial contributions may be made to the Spike Baker Scholarship Fund at CSU Foundation or a charity of choice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.

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