Dwight David Baker, 57, of Plankinton, SD passed away Saturday, January 2,
2021 at Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota in Sioux Falls. Funeral
Services are 10:30 A.M. Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Aurora Reformed Church,
Aurora Center, SD. A Committal Service will follow at Aurora Reformed
Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. Wednesday,
January 6, 2021 with a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service. In lieu of flowers, because
David himself having diabetes, would like to bless another person battling
diabetes with a diabetic dog to help them in their journey, memorials in his
honor may be directed to: All Purpose Canines, Inc., 104 7th St., Ranger, TX 76470. Mount Funeral Home of Plankinton is
assisting with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the
family through mountfuneralhome.com. The Service will be live-streamed on
"Mount Funeral Homes" Facebook page and also under "Photos and Videos" in
Dwight David's record on our website.
Dwight David Baker was born on April 14, 1963 to Buddy Dwight and Bobbie B.
(Bridges) Baker in Albany, GA. He graduated high school in Albany and
continued his education by completing his degree in Horticulture. On
February 24, 2007 Dwight David was united in marriage to Ruth Vande Zande at
the Aurora Reformed Church in Aurora Center, SD.
Dwight David was employed as the Aurora County Emergency Manager and focused
on disaster relief until retiring in 2018. Storm chasing was always a thrill
for him. He was a man of God with a servant's heart and passion for mission
work. Starting Operation Love Thy Neighbor to assist in rebuilding homes in
New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He was a member of The Lighthouse
Fellowship in Corsica, SD.
Kids and family were Dwight David's life. Having been adopted himself,
family was very important to him and they felt blessed when they were able
to adopt the boys they were fostering. Finding out that same week that they
were pregnant, only added to their happiness. The house was always brimming
with laughter and full of neighborhood kids. He served as lifeguard this
summer for the family pool, which added to the fun. The highlight of his
summer was attending a daddy/daughter night with his girls through the GEMS
program and enjoying bonfires as a family. Whatever brought joy to the kids,
brought Dwight David joy.
Grateful for having shared in Dwight David's life: his wife of over 13
years, Ruth Baker of Plankinton, SD; their four children: Gage, Memphis,
Julia and Bethany Baker of Plankinton, SD; his mother, Bobbie Baker of
Albany, GA; his father and mother-in-law, Arlin and Marie Vande Zande of
Plankinton, SD; brother-in-law, Jeremy (Amanda) Vande Zande of Jefferson,
SD; three nephews: Cody Harman of Albany, GA, Aiden and Ansel Vande Zande of Jefferson, SD
; along with many friends.
Dwight David was preceded in death by his father, Buddy Baker and his
sister, Torri Harman.