Thursday, December 20, 2007

Steve Baker

I was watching the news, and the picture of a man I know, came on. Steve Baker, is the conductor of the West Valley Symphony. I sang with the Choral Arts Society of Utah, for 3 years, and took a leave of absence, when I found out I was pregnant with Jack. I recently went back, for the Christmas concert. I have done many concerts with Steve. He is a wonderful man, with a heart of gold! And always had a joke!

Steve passed away last night. I am shocked, and saddened. He will be greatly missed, by me...and many many others.

Rest in peace Steve.

Stephen Ralph Baker

Stephen Ralph Baker "The Conductor" 3/22/54 ~ 12/20/07 The son of Ralph Baker and Vera Rose Park Baker. Steve was a gifted musician. At age six he could listen to a tune on the radio, sit at a piano and play the entire song by memory. Stephen's life revolved around his music, family and his many talented and loyal friends. His musical instrument of choice was the violin. For many years, he played first violinist for Murray Symphony and other local orchestras. In 1989 Ralph and Stephen Baker formed the West Valley Symphony with Robert Lentz as conductor and Steve as associate conductor. In a few years, Steve took over the number one spot and that's where he is today.Survived by brother, Paul (Mary Ann) Baker; brother-in-law, Brent Thornberg; nephew, Rick Baker; and nieces, Macey Ann Baker Morris, Cindy Lee Adams, and Lori Lyn Wood. Preceded in death by his parents and sister Suzanne-Suzie. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the West Valley Symphony at First Union Bank, West Valley location. Steve was the leader of the band. It will go on thanks to the orchestra members. Please attend concerts. Stephen donated his life to this classical endeavor. The family wants to give special thanks to Larry Wadsworth, Sterling Poulsen, Donny Gilbert, Ryan Van Liere, Randy Maw and Virginia Duke for the care they gave Stephen at the time of his need. A memorial gathering will be held, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007 at Redwood Memorial Mortuary, 6500 South Redwood Road, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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