David Robertson BAXTER

BAXTER, David Robertson

(February 26, 1955 to March 17, 2014) David Baxter passed away suddenly on March 27, 2014. David was born in New Haven, Connecticut, but spent most of his adult life in West Palm Beach where he worked as a fire fighter for the city from November 4, 1980 - March 31, 2006. He was a Driver-Engineer for most of his career, as well as a special operations and technical rescue technician. He earned an A.S. degree in Applied Sciences and often stepped into the role of company officer. In 2001, while off - duty fishing, he saw a boy get hit by a wake board. He dove into the water to rescue him and stabilized the boy's neck, while swimming him to shore. For his efforts he was awarded West Palm Beach's Fire Fighter of the Year Award. He was renowned for his witty humor and funny colloquialisms, as well as his willingness to help anybody with anything. After he retired he became a private consultant doing urban search and rescue training for the U.S. Army. The soldiers as well as his fellow fire fighters loved and enjoyed working with him. David was an avid fisherman, sailor, and outdoorsman. He moved to Texas with the love of his life, his wife Marilyn, where they resided on five acres, raising chickens and cows. He is survived by wife Marilyn and an extended family that includes: father and step mother, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Kenneth Baxter, his mother, Beatrice Snyder, Brother, A. Kenneth Baxter, daughter, Casey Ann Baxter, son, David R. Baxter, Jr., step daughter, Michelle Seymour married to Thomas Allen Seymour II, step son, Troy P. Smith, granddaughter Mackenzie Ann Scott, step grandchildren, Spencer McNeely, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Allen Seymour III, Marin Seymour, step great-grandsons, Thomas Allen Seymour IV, Aiden R. Brent. David donated his organs to those in need. A fire department memorial service will be held on April 3, 2014 at 11:00AM at the dock in front of E.R. Bradley's on S. Flagler Dr., with a luncheon to follow at the restaurant. Another memorial will be held in Texas at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations for Fellowship may be sent to Marilyn Baxter at: 850 Serenity Dr., Fischer, TX 78623.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2014