In Honor of Sergeant Loran Lee ``Butch’’ Baker, Jr.by Representative Sam Farr
Posted on 2013-03-13
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor a brave and honorable
community hero, the late Sergeant Loran Lee ``Butch'' Baker, Jr. A
Sergeant in the Santa Cruz Police Department, Butch was known not only
for his investigative ability and skills in gathering intelligence, but
also for his larger-than-life personality, his commitment to his
sense of humor, and his continual love for others. An avid sports fan,
Butch enjoyed watching NASCAR races, and cheering for his favorite
teams, The San Francisco Giants and The San Jose Sharks.
Butch was born in San Francisco, California in 1961, and met his future wife, Kelly, when they were only ten and eleven years old. In 1985, Butch joined the Santa Cruz Police Department, where he displayed an unwavering commitment to protect and defend the citizens of the City of Santa Cruz. In 1989, Butch earned a Medal of Valor in for his heroic actions following the earthquake. Additionally, Butch earned numerous state and federal law enforcement awards throughout his career.
Butch lost his life in a senseless act of violence, but his legacy will never be forgotten within our community, and throughout the extended law enforcement family. My thoughts are with Sergeant Baker's family, including his wife, Kelly, his daughters, Jillian and Ashley, and his son, Adam.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the memory of Sergeant Loran Lee ``Butch'' Baker, and to promise that his life and his legacy will never be forgotten.