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Anthony Leonardo Baca, age 60, passed away July 21, 2014 in Dallas, TX. He was born May 7, 1954 in Los Angeles, CA.
Anthony was the second child of eight children. He spent his childhood growing up in Downey, CA, playing football, practicing piano, and participating in scouts. Anthony graduated from Warren High School in 1972. He went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Cal State University Long Beach.
In 1976, he married the love of his life, Diane. Together they raised three children Anthony, Victoria, and Timothy, in San Jose and Downey before making their final move to Highland Village, TX.
Anthony was a festival lover, a music enthusiast, a poker player, and a garage sale ‘treasure hunter’, an outdoorsman, he enjoyed biking, fishing, hunting and sharing these interests with others. He always had a passion for work from the moment he could walk. He did it all collecting trash, fleet washing, catering, heading a shipping department at Lacerte Software… But, he truly cherished his final job as project manager at Exponent HR, where he was able to work among his friends and family. Above all, his love was family. A devoted son, he took his mother weekly to mass with a necessary stop at Chuy’s. A loving father and husband, he attended his daughter’s performances, coached his boys’ hockey teams, and ‘helped’ his wife with her gardening (he ate what she grew). ‘Pop pop Antone’ loved weekends with his grandchildren, filled with cart rides, Saturday morning donuts, and jeep trips.
Anthony was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He is preceded in death by his father Transito G. Baca, his brother Robert Baca, and his in-laws, Robert and Rachel Egan. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Diane Baca; his children and their spouses Anthony Baca, Victoria (Thomas) Alexander, and Timothy (Cassidy) Baca; his grandchildren Evangeline, Olivia, Rose, and Casey; his siblings and their spouses, Transito (Lisa) Baca, Timothy (Kelly) Baca, Fidel (Susan) Baca, Brian (Charlene) Baca, Joyce (Lawrence) Lacerte, Roxann (Misha) Vyazmensky, and (Marika) Baca; 32 nieces and nephews; 7 great nieces and nephews and all his many, many friends.
Funeral Services will be held July 26th, Rosary at 9:30am, the Funeral Mass at 10:00am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Road, Dallas. Reception to follow in the Parish Center, immediately after the services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 9400 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231. Condolences may be made at www.Sparkman-Hillcrest.com
Published: July 24, 2014 – Volume 13 – Issue 15