• Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crematory
    Westlake Village, CA
In partnership with the Dignity Memorial® network
David Lorden Baker 1957 - 2013
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I had the pleasure to work with Dr Baker and he was the most amazing human being I have ever met. My heart is filled with sorrow and I will never forget his kindness, his love for his family. He will be missed.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
I just heard about the passing of Dr. Baker and my heart just sank. No I'm not a friend, or close friend of the family, only a very satisfied patient who was very taken back by his gentle and passionate concern and care of his patients. I had NEVER had such a wonderful experience sitting in a dental chair, and everyone around me was amazed at my speedy recovery and the fact that my jaws never swelled from having my wisdom teeth taken out! I swear I must have told everyone I came in contact with to go see Dr. Baker if they need their wisdom teeth out and I had told my kids when it's time for theirs to come out he would be the only person I would trust to do it. To his wife and family I can just see all the love you all shared which is evident in the pictures, and I know you were a very close and loving family. To the kids I pray that God is covering you all and is getting you through on a day to day basis because it's very difficult to lose a parent at a young age. I know because I lost my mom to cancer and it was very sudden and I felt this huge void in my life that not even my husband could fix. It was only through the grace of God that I was able to cope with the death of my mother without drugs and alcohol which is so easy to fall back on to take the pain away but, know that you are not alone and he is with each of you every step of the way! I don't why I'm writing such a long note to complete strangers, but I felt compelled to speak what's on my heart and say your father, husband, and brother was a great man, and I'm sorry for your loss. Stay strong for him. Be Blessed and cherish the memories....B. Lee
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
We cherish the good times we had together, the laughter we shared, the long talks and just being able to associate with such a great man! And especially to call David our friend!! We love you dear Baker family. Thanks for the memories.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Our love and prayers to the Baker family. We miss David and are honored by having known him. We miss his presence in our lives. Carol and Steve Andersen
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Baker Family,
I will always remember when I "entered" the Tolson Family through marrying Calvin, the blessings of being cousins with such amazing people! Though we did not see all of you much (Cindy and Jill a little more when we were in Utah) it was always so fun to be with you. I do remember always noticing something very special between David and Leslie. The relationship you had was a very unique one and you are so blessed to have that forever. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and will be as you continue this journey as an eternal family. Know that you are loved by many here and on the other side( as so much of our family is there now). Be aware that you are in our family and personal prayers and though we are not physically close, our hearts are close and we love you!
Calvin, Kim and kids
Thursday, February 07, 2013
I worked for Dr. Baker for 2 1/2 years. He was the most gentle, kind, selfless doctor you would ever find out there. He was the best boss I ever had at any job. I pray for his family that they will find comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering and you will see him again one day. My thoughts and prayers go to all of the Baker Family.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
We just heard of Dr. Davids passing. He was a wonderful man who could make you smile even while being told you needed surgery. He not only was a gifted doctor but also a kind and compassionate healer who took time to care. His lively personality was a joy. We will remember him always and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
You're in my prayers. I am so sad for you. Our nurses here at P.V. are devasted to hear of his passing. Be well. Stay blessed.
Monday, February 04, 2013
Dr. Baker removed all four of my children's wisdom teeth. He was very kind, professional and personable. I knew he had four children too. My deepest condolences to your family over the loss of this very nice man.
Monday, February 04, 2013
The over-arching feeling I have about David is that he is (I'm sure this trait continues with him still) very earnest in all his endeavors. He never does anything without giving, and feeling full purpose of heart. His motives and demeanor are always pure and charitable and accompanied by that winning smile!
A favorite memory is of his always wonderful, insightful, and knowledgeable comments in Sunday School; they never failed to invite the spirit, and enlighten the discussion.
But most important of all, his most valuable legacy, is the way he cherished Leslie. It was evident in everything he said and did. There is no doubt they are each other's best friend, truest love, and deepest soulmate, and will be madly in love with each other throughout the Eternities. Together, David and Leslie are the perfect, and I mean perfect, example of a Celestial Marriage.
To honor David, we will all try to be more like him. May God bless and comfort his wife and family. We love you!
Monday, February 04, 2013
To the Baker family,
The heart remembers most what it has loved best.
May memories comfort you and bring you peace in this time of sorrow.
I know Dr.Baker because he operated at our hospital, Pleasant Valley.
He was a sweet and gentle man and a good surgeon. I only knew him on a professional level but as i read this guest book, i realize what a truly incredible human being he was and I'm sorry i didn't get to know "that person".
Nevertheless, I'm honored to have known Dr.Baker and will miss him dearly.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Lydia Stevens
P.V. O.R.
Monday, February 04, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I went to high school with David and remember his kindness and beautiful smile. Robin Wharry Shelnut
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I just heard about Dr. Baker's passing. I am very sorry to hear it. I only met him a few times, but knew some of his family and cared very much for them. I got to know him more indirectly. I hope his family is able to find all the comfort they want and need right now.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I was fortunate to meet Dr Baker when he accompanied us to Honduras. His kindness and compassion toward children and families who needed comfort and his skills was inspiring for it was delivered without asking for anything in return. I know he was proud of his family and wanted to make certain they were all launched safely.
May peace be with his family.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
To the Baker Family,

David Baker was a caring and compassionate man. I often referred patients to him and there was never a complaint, rather there were positive comments about the time he had taken and the empathy he had shown. He will be missed by the professional community.

He also encouraged my son, Paul Peterson, to enter dentistry and offered to write him a letter of recommendation. After Paul's graduation, he continued to follow his career. Dr. Baker was was a man who enjoyed the success of others.

His faith and love of his family was evident in the way he lived his life. He was blessed to know where he came from, why he was here, and where he was going after this earthly life.

May you all be comforted at this time.

Roger M. Peterson D.D.S and Pat
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I am so thankful to have had him to help me thru a difficult time last February,he was professional ,kind and caring man. My heart aches after knowing him for only a moment in time,I send my prayers to his family and friends who's loss is enormous .Your strong Faith will get you thru this loss,until you meet again..
Sunday, February 03, 2013
so sorry to hear of your loss, he was a nice man,he did surgery on my son fixed his jaw broken on both sides,very nice may he rest in peace
Sunday, February 03, 2013
So very sorry to hear this news. I attended Moorpark College with David. Looked up to him in High School. I recall mourning a similar tragedy with his Uncle Greg. My heart goes out to his family.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
You were a wonderful man and a fine
doctor. I was fortunate to have had
your medical care. I will always remember
you. Thank you.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
To all the Baker family;

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow and loss. But gratitude fills our souls for the example your entire family have been and continue to be to us all. With loving and fond memories of life in Simi with the Bakers. How blessed we are to have known you David, and your wonderful parents and siblings. Profound examples to us all, I echo Pres. Ritchie's sentiments, "Bakers are and will always be winners!"
JoAnn Jacob Stewart
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Unfortunately the only reason I met David is because we share the same brain tumor. Fortunately for me, I was able to meet a man who will have a lifelong impression on me. I see meeting Dr. David Baker as one of the greatest things that has come about because I have brain cancer. I will never forget when I found out he had a glioblastoma. I had met other people who had brain cancer but none with the grade 4. Now I knew there was someone out there who was walking the steps I had previously walked and I was anxious to get in contact with him. I had hesitation because I was only a 22 year old girl and he was an accomplished surgeon. I knew he probably knew more than I did about gilbastomas but I decided to write him anyway. Since that day I have considered David as my GBM friend. We emailed back and forth and I was always so excited to see an email from him in my inbox. At the beginning, I was hoping I could help lift him or help him like others helped me but it seemed like more often he was helping and lifting me. We were able to meet in person this winter and talk face to face. I felt an instant friendship with him. The thing I love most is he shared not only my same cancer but same beliefs in both life and religion. He had been where I had been and it felt so good to have a friend who really truly knew how I felt. I still feel like he is the only one I have met who really knows how I feel. The memory I will forever have of my GBM friend is the feeling I had when I was around him. He made me want to be a better person, a better example, and a more faithful follower of Christ. Meeting David has been a spiritual experience I will cherish the rest of my life. I consider myself lucky to be one of those who were able to experience David's smile and genuine love. He will remain my GBM friend.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
I had some amazing examples as a youth growing up and David Baker tops the list. I will always remember the lessons he taught me. I pray that his good family will feel love and comfort from so many and especially from our Father above. A truly great man, husband, friend, father, and son. They don't come better than David Baker.

Steve Gordon
Saturday, February 02, 2013
I was the home teacher to the Baker family when they lived in Thousand Oaks 3rd Ward. I best remember David for his firm and lively testimony and how he shared it with all he knew. I also remember his commitment to service, that is to share his talents with those in need. And I also remember his love and devotion to his family. Although I'm sure that the Lord has called him home for still another and greater opportunity for service, he and his example will be deeply missed.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Dr. Baker you were taken from this earth to soon. You gave of yourself to your family and career. Your kindness to our family showed your true character. Our thoughts are with all of your family. Sorrow is a fleeting emotion, but love is infinite.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
I am sorry to hear of David. My prayers go to this wonderful family.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Leslie and Family....I'm sadden to hear such news...I'll always remember our days opening the Lancaster office and the fun we had. Gods speed...rest in peace.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Dr.Baker will be greatly missed he will be remembered as one of the kindest most caring surgeon I had the pleasure to work with.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
I will remember him as a man of dignity, passion, and wisdom.
I will remember him as a surgeon of unequaled diagnostic and surgical skills.
I will remember and lament the passing of a friend.

William Starr M.D.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Dear Baker Family,
It seems just yesterday that we were teenagers together. We are saddened at David's passing. The Bakers have always been examples to us and have taught us the ways of our Savior. We hope and pray that the gospel of Jesus Christ will be your strength and comfort at this time. May you know of the love and support of your many friends who share your grief and hold you in their hearts.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
As tragic a loss as it is to lose such a powerful and faithful man as David, it is an incredible blessing to know that his life was lived without regrets and the family is not having to try and pray him back into the Lord's hands. We know, with confirmation that this good man has gone 'home' and will be preparing a mansion on high for the rest of his family when they decide to join him. How different it is to grieve with the family with that assurance compared to so many funeral services where anxiety hangs in the air due to a life lived below their potential. David and his family have no such worry. He 'will' be there at the gate when and if the rest of us do our part to join him. 56 years lived the way he lived them is far better than 100 years of mediocrity. He was born a Baker, he lived like a Baker and he goes home in customary Baker style - a winner.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
With a heavy heart I am sending prayers of hope to all of you. He was a amazing person and one to look up to. God Blessed you all !
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