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Harry Daniel Baer

July 20, 1936 ~ September 30, 2017 (age 81)
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Message from Susan Kauffman
April 24, 2021 8:28 AM

What a wonderful man and teacher. I have thought of him a lot in the past years. I never felt I was that science oriented but over the years some of the things he taught followed me in life. I hope he will be remembered by many more of us. Please know he was respected and loved. Susan Tomlinson
Message from Craig Young
February 10, 2021 12:34 AM

This is a belated posting, but I just learned of Dan Baer's passing. I have lost one of my heroes. I was a young man who grew up in San Jose Fourth ward and lived within bicycling distance of the Baer home. Dan was our home teacher, and true to form, he expressed sincere interest in me and my younger sisters. When he learned that I had an interest in becoming a biologist, he started bringing me little gifts to feed my interests: pickled animals to dissect, books about biology, dissecting needles, microscope slides, test tubes, forceps, etc. Eventually, when my interest continued to grow, he invited me to feed his collection of unusual freshwater fishes, which he kept in a home-made cinder-block pond at the side of his house. My job was to feed them strips of raw hot dog while he was away on vacations and field trips. He took me once to his school, "to get me opinion" of the nature study area he was building, and he always made me feel important. Although I never had Dan as a formal teacher, he was one of the best teachers I ever had. My family moved away from San Jose when I was on my mission, so I never saw him after about 1970. He would have been happy to know, however, that I completed B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology at BYU, followed by a PhD in Canada. Largely because of his encouragement in my youth, I have become a marine biologist of some reputation, with a career that takes me to the bottom of the ocean regularly in deep-diving submersibles throughout the world. I am currently a professor of biology at the University of Oregon and the director of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. In 2009, I was selected as the honored alumnus in life sciences at BYU. This sounds too much like bragging, but I write this because Dan Baer deserved a significant part of the tribute. I hope my message will uplift his family in some small way. Brother Baer's impact on the youth was far-reaching. In my home library, surrounded by biology books and old microscopes, my eyes are now drawn to a lovely shell, Terebra maculata, that rests in a position of honor in the center of my fireplace mantle. I found it recently in the basement of my parents' house in Utah, while cleaning out after my mom's passing. Some 60 years ago, Dan gave me this shell, telling me that he had collected it in Guam. It is a treasured memory that reminds me of one of the truly influential people in my life.
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A candle was lit by Jeff Sicklesteel on April 17, 2019 1:44 PM
Message from Melissa Leslie
April 8, 2018 6:14 PM

Some teachers touch your heart and impact your entire future! It was absolutely his calling. I’m blessed to have experienced it!
Message from Terry Bibbens
March 19, 2018 3:22 PM

My condolences to the entire Baer family. I was Danny's classmate at Anderson High School and he was one of my best and most treasured friends. We loved science and photography together and our times at school were very special. One of our favorite science experiments was the creation of a home-made formula for black powder -- much to the consternation of his Mother when we blew up a pewter salt shaker in her garage. I can truly believe that Dan was an inspiring teacher with his love of nature and science. RIP my friend.
Your classmate, Terry Bibbens
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A candle was lit by Jesse & Jeremy Willhite on October 31, 2017 10:28 PM
Message from Jesse Willhite
October 31, 2017 10:25 PM

I send my condolences to the Baer family.
I only have fond memories of the man I admired and respected as a youth and forever onward. Such an engaging smile, full of compassion to those things he believed in such as family, friendship, nature, and the love gospel. In my eyes he has been a “Giant” of a man, leaving a big footprint that will always remain steadfast in my life. I was very blessed to have experienced a few meaningful adventures in scouting/MBR with him, Terry Jensen, and many others. I have no doubts he will continue to serve our lord and savior touching our lives for evermore.


Jesse & Jeremy Willhite
Message from Diantha Duckworth Stensrud
October 24, 2017 2:37 PM

Dear Gentle Baer family,
My sincere condolences to you during this time of loss.
Mr. Baer was one of the BEST teachers that I had during my high school years at Peterson. His forward vision made a GREAT future for the school with his Science projects and community spirit. He made our classes fun and planted many seeds of knowledge in our hearts and minds.
Sincerely yours,
Diantha Duckworth (Class of '71)
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A candle was lit by Fred Irick (aka Lurch) on October 23, 2017 4:59 PM
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A candle was lit by Cathy (McNeil) Pasek - Ridge Rat 1976 - 1977 on October 19, 2017 9:37 PM
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A candle was lit by Sue, Jacob, and Matthew Galvan on October 19, 2017 1:39 PM
Message from Sue Galvan (Peterson high school, Class of 74)
October 19, 2017 1:38 PM

I'm an so sad to hear of Mr. Baer's passing. What a great guy. I never had him as teacher, but sure enjoyed him. He was always so happy to see any of us, and to share his love of all things nature. He will be missed, but his love of nature will live on, through us. R.I.P, Mr. Baer
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A candle was lit by Dstla stiffler cooley on October 18, 2017 11:10 PM
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A candle was lit by Nina Herrera on October 15, 2017 7:50 PM
Message from Roland P. Wolf
October 12, 2017 8:45 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was my favorite teacher at Peterson High (1969) and inspired me to get my Scuba certification while still in high school and later get my AA Degree in Biological Science. His love of animals and nature lit a flame in me that still burns strong today. It is through that flame that I retired out in the country surrounded by animals that make their daily visits to my little sanctuary for the treats I have for them. He died much too soon but he leaves his great legacy through his students and friends. I am sure he is looking down on me from Heaven as I feed the deer, squirrels, raccoons and many birds that stop by every day for a treat, and with that big smile of his, whispers in my ear, “Feed them well, Roland”.
My condolences go out to Evelyn and his family. My prayers are with you and may God Bless You.
-Roland Wolf
Message from Michael Shaw
October 10, 2017 1:35 PM

A great man for sure and one who personally impacted me and all the 4th Ward Shaw family. May we all live as meaningfully as Dan Baer.
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A candle was lit by Sandra (Yee) Gibson on October 10, 2017 8:36 AM
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A candle was lit by Sandra (Yee) Gibson on October 10, 2017 8:34 AM
I have only had two teachers in my life who have left a lasting impression on me, and Mr. Baer was one of them. His kindness, humor, patience, and genuine love for his students, family, and nature were his essence. He taught us how to appreciate mother earth, to be better people, and to do our part in the world. I have so many fond memories of Mr. Baer and my days as a Ridge Rat that have shaped who I am today and I can't imagine middle or high school without MBR.

My heartfelt condolences go out to your family at this time, but I hope you find comfort in knowing that Mr. Baer touched the lives of countless individuals, making them better people, and in turn, making the world a better place. Mr. Baer will be truly missed, but his legacy will live forever through the lives he has touched. Rest in peace Mr. Baer and thank you for all of the wonderful memories and for touching my life.
Message from Kari Parent Gatlin
October 9, 2017 10:09 PM

Every time someone asks me why I became a teacher, I think of Dan Baer. His energetic, down-to-earth presentations and ability to connect concepts to real life made science come alive. His true caring helped shape his students for years to come. He touched our hearts and sparking our minds. A true difference-maker! Thank you, Bear family, for sharing him for so many years. My life has been forever changed. Our prayers are with you.
Message from Nancy Sutton
October 9, 2017 4:01 PM

One of the best high school teachers ever. I have such fond memories of his class. He made biology so interesting. And he was so friendly and happy. What a great guy. What great memories. Sincere condolences to his family.
Message from Kris (Rosendahl) Lord
October 8, 2017 12:50 PM

I don’t remember how I was lucky enough to make my way into Mr. Baer’s classroom, but for a child who loved Nature, it was like coming home. I will forever be grateful for that time with a grown-up who never lost that passion, curiosity and respect for the natural world - I try to live that every day, and will always be proud to be a Ridge Rat. My condolences to his family, and my gratitude for them sharing him with so many students.
Message from Ruben Camacho
October 7, 2017 7:55 AM

So sorry to hear of Mr. Baer's passing. I still remember how cool I thought the nature area was at Peterson, I didn't realize Mr. Baer was responsible for this, what a great thing he brought. At Wilcox Mr Baer was always positive and always seemed to have a smile on his face. May God bring comfort to his family with his passing. God Bless.

Ruben Camacho
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A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Ward and Elizabeth Cargay on October 6, 2017

Message from Ward and Elizabeth Cargay
October 6, 2017 2:54 PM

We are saddened by the void of Dan Baer's parting, but are filling it with the joyful memories of such a wonderful man and teacher. Our memories of Mr. Baer and the high school program that brought all of us together as a family of Monte Bello Ridge Rats will never be forgotton. We all have a deep connection that is always there because of him. He will always be in our hearts! We pray for his family and really, really wish we could be there to give you hugs and smiles! Our love to all of you! Ward and Elizabeth Cargay
Message from Dianne (Spence) Terrell
October 6, 2017 3:54 PM

What a rich life he had!! I read his life story and am truly amazed! Even though it has been 37 years since he was my summer school teacher, his smile and kind heart is imprinted in my memory. My most sincere condolences go out to your family and dear friends. He will be missed!!!!
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A candle was lit by Ward and Elizabeth Cargay on October 6, 2017 2:45 PM
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We have the best memories of Monte Bello Ridge and really, really wish we could be there! You will never be forgotton and are always in our hearts! Love the Cargays (Ward & Elizabeth and Eric), the Spences (Steve & Suzanne, Anna, and Dianne & Dick), and the Youngs (Ernie & Jill and Larry & Robin)!

Message from Spence Rencher
October 6, 2017 12:50 PM

Dan was the best Scouting buddy anyone could have. I sure enjoyed being in Varsity Scouts with him in San Jose, CA. My condolences to his family and many friends. They don't come any better.
Message from Keithlynn Lynch
October 6, 2017 12:30 PM

As a Ridge Rat, I learned so much from Baer. He will be missed greatly. Love, hugs, & prayers to Mrs. Baer and family!
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A candle was lit by Keithlynn Lynch on October 6, 2017 12:28 PM
Message from Tommy Mendoza, Redding, CA
October 6, 2017 9:41 AM

This one hit me hard! If I had to pick a favorite teacher from Wilcox, this would be the one. I was in his MBR science class and MBR P.E. from '86 - '88. I've seen this guy come to work when he was in extreme pain with shingles because he loved his students so much! This is the teacher that taught me the periodic table of the elements AND how to kayak and canoe in the Wilcox swimming pool! The world lost a great one. RIP Mr. Baer. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. He was genuinely a great human being and an awesome person.
Message from Kathryn Judd
October 6, 2017 9:29 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Dan's death. He was a wonderful man and a great example of a Christlike life. He did many great things for young people and endeared himself to them. I send my love to his wonderful family and want them to know of my admiration of their Dad and husband. May the memories of his wonderful life bring them joy and comfort.
Kathryn Judd
Message from Sandra Langley (Tinio)
October 6, 2017 8:39 AM

My condolences to the Baer family.
I had Mr Baer for Biology in Gr. 9 and thought he was a great teacher. He had so much enthusiasm and made learning fun! He is one of those persons you will never forget.
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A SENTIMENTAL THOUGHTS was sent on October 6, 2017

Sending condolences and love to the family of Mr. Baer. An amazing teacher who inspired us to be kind, work together and appreciate the beauty of the natural world. We will always be Ridge Rats. -Shawn (Peck) Shahin , WHS '92 and Tiffany (Peck) Turner, WHS '86

Message from Michael Williams
October 5, 2017 11:28 PM

Mr./Bro Baer's classroom was a sanctuary for many students at Wilcox. I remember many lunchtimes spent in his classroom. For the LDS youth, we knew it was because of the Light of Christ that he had in abundance, for the non LDS kids they could just sense his goodness. He was and continues to be my favorite teacher. My condolences to his family at this difficult time of parting, and my gratitude and faith that he continues his mission of uplifting and teaching on the other side of the veil.
Message from Skip Chase
October 5, 2017 9:58 PM

Dan was such an amazing man and wonderful man! I so appreciated his influence in the lives of our son, Ryan and daughter, Becky. MBR was a great program. One year when I was without employment, he was kind enough to employ me as an "advisor" on one of the spring trips for a $1000, because he wanted to help our family. God bless your family. He leaves a wonderful legacy. Thank you Dan.
Sincerely and respectfully,
Skip Chase and Family
Message from Skip Chase
October 5, 2017 9:58 PM

Dan was such an amazing man and wonderful man! I so appreciated his influence in the lives of our son, Ryan and daughter, Becky. MBR was a great program. One year when I was without employment, he was kind enough to employ me as an "advisor" on one of the spring trips for a $1000, because he wanted to help our family. God bless your family. He leaves a wonderful legacy. Thank you Dan.
Sincerely and respectfully,
Skip Chase and Family
Message from Sherri Shaw Butler
October 5, 2017 8:26 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss! Brother Baer was someone I always looked up to. He meant a lot to our Shaw family! Our prayers are with you!
Message from Marie Bobias Bacher
October 5, 2017 5:47 PM

Mr. Baer is the reason I do what I do. I am a director of 5th/6th grade Walden West outdoor science camp at Sanborn Park in Saratoga. If it were not for him I would never had become an educator in the Sciences, not have the love and appreciation for nature as I do nor would I have the long lasting friendships that I have. I owe so much to this wonderful teacher, mentor and guide. Long live MBR, ridge rats forever! River trips, Lassen, campfires, field studies and all the fun challenges- green goobers, blind walks and snipe hunts. RIP my most favorite teacher ever. Your legacy lives on in the lives you have inspired and encouraged. I only hope I make you proud, Mr. Baer. Sending Mr. Baer's family many hugs and lots of love to comfort you all.
With fondness, much respect and love,
Marie (Bobias) Bacher
Message from Kelly Davis Appice
October 5, 2017 4:00 PM

While I didn't get him ad a teacher I did see him around Wilcox while I was a student. He was always kind and I don't recall hearing a harsh word about him or from him in those years. I'm happy he had so many family members to love and remember him. He's smiling now waiting for the love of his life. And knows his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will grow and continue the work he began.
Blessings to the family.. Charger Power!
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