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,

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