Feb. 9, 1947 - April 8, 2013
Woodland Park, CO
Mike Baxter died suddenly and unexpectedly April 8, 2013 on the slopes of Breckenridge doing what he loved most: skiing.
Mike's motto was, "God put me on this earth to play," and so he did. He was a vibrant, charismatic man, an enthusiastic storyteller with a great sense of humor. He skied, golfed and SCUBA dove. He loved being outdoors hunting and fishing. Mike had a passion for art and sculpture. After retiring in Colorado, he reunited with that love.
Mike graduated from SJSU with a Masters in Art and taught art 27 years. In 2009 he retired as a high school principal in Milpitas. Mike's gift was working with at-risk kids with a "tough love" approach.
Mike is survived by his wife, Lynn Kennedy Baxter; mother Mary; daughters Nalani and Malia; granddaughters Kaylin and Kiley; brother Brian and sisters Sheelagh and Shana.
Mike was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, a loyal friend, and dedicated educator. He will be missed by the many lives he touched.
Service is Sunday, April 28th at 2:00pm at Villa Ragusa, 35 South Second St in Campbell. Donations can be made "In memory of Mike Baxter" to Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, who work with at-risk kids.
Please wear colorful clothing to his service in memory of his zest for life!
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 24, 2013