Obituary: Randy J. Baker Sr.

courtesy Family of Randy Baker
courtesy Family of Randy Baker

BAKER – Randy J. Baker Sr., was born June 19, 1944 in Taylor Hospital in Ignacio, Colorado. He graduated from Ignacio High School and enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Germany; he was a combat veteran in the 1st Air Calvary – Infantry. He served in Vietnam from 1967-1968. He was a patrol officer for the Southern Ute Police Department. He also worked in Education for the Indian School and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. Then returned home and worked for the Southern Ute Natural Resources Department before working at Shiprock and Aztec Boarding Schools. He avidly enjoyed working with the youth and was a positive mentor to them.

Randy or “Renegade” was a proud Vietnam Veteran, loved living a biker lifestyle and took pride in his Harley motorcycles. He looked forward to the Laughlin River Run each year. He cherished being with his family, especially going on trips to Laughlin or Fremont Street.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Baker; daughter, Madilenia (Byron) Chavarillo; grandchildren: Jonathan Chavarillo, ShaRay Rock, and Maya Rock all of Ignacio; nephews: Nathan Elk of Ignacio and Sam Winder of Albuquerque and other numerous relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents Jeanette and Carl Baker, sister Selma Baker, and his three children, Rana J. Baker, Randy J. Baker, Jr., and Ricky J. Baker.

A memorial service was held at the Southern Ute Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.

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