Robert Leonard Bob' Baker October 16, 1935 - September 10, 2016 La Jolla Robert Leonard "Bob" Baker, 80, passed away at home on Saturday, September 10, 2016 in La Jolla, California surrounded by his family and friends. He was born October 16, 1935 to Harry and Theora (Wilson) Baker in Evanston, Illinois and moved to La Jolla in 1950 with his parents and his sister, Marilyn. He graduated from La Jolla High School in 1953 and went on to attend both Utah State University in Salt Lake and SDSU. Bob loved the mountains and the ocean, but it was in La Jolla, and particularly Windansea, that he found his true home. Though his father Harry, who was born the son of a preacher in a log cabin in Chadron, Nebraska in 1889, did not approve, Bob fell in with the Windansea crew and became a surfer. In a sense, it is there that his life began and it is there where he wished it to end.A gifted, natural athlete and a fierce competitor, Bob loved and excelled at all sports. Playing or coaching, whether the sport was bowling, tennis, over-the-line, horseshoes, basketball, baseball, soccer or golf, Bob was tough to beat. It was that spirit that led him to an extremely successful career in commercial real estate for Coldwell Banker and it was that spirit that helped him in his 1 year battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. As he liked to say when faced with pain or hurt, "Rub some dirt on it." His spirit lives on in his 3 children, Steven Baker, Anna Trevellyan and Danny Baker; his 4 grandchildren Ellie and Henry Trevellyan and Arthur and Juniper Baker; his half- sister Dorothy Green of Nebraska; and in every family member and friend whose life he touched.He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Marilyn Baker Bach. A memorial and paddle out will be held on Saturday, October 22 at 2:00pm at Windansea in La Jolla.
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