Bradford Phillip Baker, DVM

Born: Sat., Apr. 12, 1958
Died: Mon., May 25, 2020


Family to do services at later date


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Bradford Philip Baker, DVM

Last weekend, Brad Baker drank his last beer.  He died unexpectedly on Monday at his Pine Creek home, doing something he loved – mowing his three-acre lawn with passion and precision, obsessively alternating the pattern each week.

Those who knew Brad know he was a perfectionist - though most people wouldn’t have suspected that by the look of the outside of his Veterinary practice in Linden.  What he performed inside those walls, he did with carefulness and conscientiousness. 

Everything he did, he did well.  He often credited his fourth-grade teacher at McGhee Elementary School, Mrs. Kent, for taking him under her wing and teaching him to read and excel.  He got his sense of adventure from his father, Ron Baker, a Navy pilot who flew jets, landing on aircraft carriers.  He inherited his love for all things beautiful and correct from his mother, Barbara Baker.  And he acquired his giggle, hardy laugh, and silliness growing up with his sister Ashley Baker Krupa, with whom he shared many inside jokes.

Brad grew up on Water Street in Lock Haven.  He was lucky to have many neighborhood friends, playing hide-and-seek, kick-the-can, and even a game of killer dodgeball.  Brad loved games.  In college at Penn State he spent way too many hours playing backgammon.  He played pool and racquetball and tennis.  He could turn any task into a game.  He was especially good at drinking games.  Enough said.

For a while in high school Brad was the “king of the river”, waterskiing and barefooting on the Susquehanna. He became an expert snow skier and worked as Ski Patrol on Brian Head Mountain in Utah for a few years. He was a swimmer and a hiker, completing the triple crown of the mountain hiking races.

Brad met his “soulmate” Taryn Winner Sprague at age 10.  Taryn doesn’t remember the meeting, but she does remember her grade-school friend Ashley – and Ashley’s annoying big brother Brad.  When Brad asked her for a date in high school, they went out in his boat.  He kissed her, and she was in love with him from that day forward.  They were high school sweethearts.  During and after college they went separate directions and built lives with other people.  They found each other again in 2001 and have been together since. 

Brad will be remembered for his toys.  He leaves behind his boat, his dual sport, his Harley-Davidson, his jeep, his four-wheeler, his Cobra, two cars, and his damn Kubota. 

We will remember him for his extraordinary gift for building life-long friendships, his strength, his caring and kindness, his dependability, and his love for us. 

Brad’s family plans to host a celebration of his life and his friendships after the Covid-19 restrictions have lifted.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Taryn asks that you raise your glass, tell a story, and make a toast to Brad.

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geri mertes
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
what a compassionate man brad (and his staff) was - in 2005, after the death of our daughter kelly, brad graciously took two of our doberman dogs for care, so that we could deal with the heartbreak of losing a child. that, til today, has meant so much to mike and i. love and prayers to you and your family.

John Crossen
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
I first met Dr. Baker when he was working with Dr. Moore at the Linden vet clinic. After Dr. Moore retired and Brad took over the business, he has been our vet through many years and family pets.
My purchase of his well maintained , but high miles Honda Civic Del Sol, created a friendship that revolved around our cars and motorcycles. His project Cobra and my Del Sol restoration where happily discussed when we met.
Between him and Jonny, we where always well taken care of.
When our beloved boxer Blitz, was diagnosed with an incurable disease, Dr. Baker graciously suggested to us to use an out of town practice that gave advanced treatments.
A genuine 'good guy' and top notch human being, he will be missed and remembered.
The Crossen family.


Rita Michalski
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
I met Dr. Baker some years ago when he was working with Dr. Bason in Lock Haven. He cared for a number of my cats and I remember once requesting an emergency visit on a Saturday when Simon wasn't feeling well. Dr. Baker met me and Simon and the emergency was over. So now HE crosses the Rainbow Bridge and meets all the animals that he has helped. Thank you, Dr. Baker, for your kindness and caring. It means a lot

joyce driver
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
dr baker was my vet for a long time,he had great compassion for animals.i always took my 2 little ones plus my cat ,,he will be so missed by many.

Scott Walker
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
Condolences to Taryn, the Baker family & Brad's many friends on the passing of Brad. He was just an all around '' salt of the earth '' kind of guy. I sure am glad I could call him a friend.

Rest in Peace my friend.

Sarah Ely & Larry Converse
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
We are saddened by the loss of our neighbor Brad. Torbert Village won't be the same without him. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Kelli Daldo
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
I cannot express how badly I feel for the loss of Dr. Baker. When I was young my family had taken our pets to Dr. Moore so as I grew up and had my own pets I remained with the practice and Dr Baker. I cannot begin to express all of the loving care provided to all our pets for the past 30+ years. The compassion that Dr Baker showed to me and our family when we had the gut wrenching decision to put down a pet because there was no other options to try and "fix" them as I would say was something that I will never ever forget. Dr. Baker and his right hand Johnie provided such compassionate care in all they did. I offer my deepest condolences to all of Dr. Bakers family and friends for this immeasurable loss. God Bless you all. RIP Dr. Baker.

Brenda Smith
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
Dr Baker was an awesome man. We took our animals to him for many years. Thoughts and prayers to his family🙏 RIP Brad. You will be deeply missed!!

Robin Banzhaf
   Posted Fri May 29, 2020
Dr. Baker was our vet for a very long time.We will miss him alot. Our cats was always in good hands with Dr. Baker. Our greatest sympathy goes out to his wife and family.

Jennifer temple
   Posted Fri May 29, 2020
I'm saddened by this, I only seen him a few times for my pets. I last seen him a month ago when I had to have my best friend Hercules put down. He was so kind and sympathetic to us. Never had that in a vet before. Hard to believe he is gone. To the family and his high school sweetheart sorry for your loss.

Todd Matthew schuman
   Posted Fri May 29, 2020
Dr. Baker was my families vet for many years. He was a great guy and a veterinarian...he will be greatly missed by many...my prayers go out to his family and to all who knew this cool guy.

S.T.Stone
   Posted Fri May 29, 2020
To the Baker family, my sincere condolences during this difficult time. I have fond memories of seeing Dr. Baker out and about in his yard during my floats down the Crick. Waving hello to each other! Thinking of you. Sincerely, -s

Judy Berfield / Al Cole
   Posted Fri May 29, 2020
We were so devastated by the news of a friend an our 4 boys Doctor, Dr.Baker. We have as well been with this gentleman even when Dr.Moore was beginning to retire. We will miss you an same for our boys Ottis, Bailey, Cooper an Max. They knew they were coming to see him because I would say let’s go see Dr. Baker. Dr.Baker was a very special person in our lives an will be greatly missed, we will hold very special memories that he had with each of our dogs. There’s not enough words that says the kind person he was, an always willing to help others. Thankyou Doctor Baker for all you done.

Wade Ritter
   Posted Fri May 29, 2020
I'm so sorry. My condolences and warm wishes for strength and peace to Taryn and the Baker family.

Max and Vicki Casale
   Posted Sat May 30, 2020
We would like to express our condolences to Dr Bakers family. We just had our dog Brutus to the clinic on Friday and are surprised and saddened by his accident. He was a wonderful vet and did a tremendous job with Brutus and our cat Daisy. We will miss him.
Max and Vicki Casale
Brutus and Daisy

Janet WiltWilliams
   Posted Sat May 30, 2020
My sincere condolences to Dr.Brads family and wife. I have know Dr Brad many years and he was the most caring, sincere Vet.I have ever taken pets to. He was so helpful placing my Mothers dog, when she no longer could care for her.Always a smile upon Dr.Brads face.He will be missed .RIP Dr.Brad.

Joy Fuller
   Posted Sun May 31, 2020
we will truly miss Dr. Baker, myself and smokey (formerly the late David Fuller's dog now my little pom-chi.) our sympathy to Taryn and all the Baker family. we are sad for your loss but we are glad to know bradford got to do many exciting things in his life and to be back with the love of his life. May god be with you through your healing. RIP Dr. Baker

Kevin and Diane Robinson
   Posted Fri June 05, 2020
So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

David and Beth Kagan
   Posted Tue June 09, 2020
Our sincerest condolences, Taryn. We will miss Brad as our neighbor at the old farm house in our beloved Torbert Village. Brad also provided excellent care for our cat Chubbs for years.

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