Former Wasatch County Search and Rescue team member dies in snowmobiling accident

Doug Baker. Photo Courtesy: Wasatch County Search and Rescue

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah, Jan. 13, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A former Wasatch County Search and Rescue team member has died in a snowmobiling accident.

A Facebook post from Wasatch County SAR Monday afternoon said: “RIP Doug Baker. It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the passing of Doug Baker in a snowmobile accident yesterday in Montana. Doug was a long time member of our Wasatch SAR team spending 15 years in the service of the citizens of Wasatch County. Doug had retired from SAR and moved to Montana a few years ago. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Doug’s family today.”

Doug’s widow Jodie Withers posted on Facebook: “This morning is probably the hardest morning of my life. No more good morning kisses and cuddles, fresh made coffee brewing just for me, and good morning texts. My best friend, soulmate, lover, and partner is gone and my heart is broken.

“For those who haven’t heard, yesterday Doug and a group of guys, who had quickly become like brothers to him, went out on a ride in the mountains of southwest Montana. There was a tragic accident and Doug didn’t make it out. Anyone who knew him knows how passionate he was about snowmobiling. We’d had many discussions, particularly over the past couple of weeks with the passing of two fellow riders about staying safe on the mountain. As part of Wasatch County Search and Rescue team for 15 years he knew first hand how fast tragedy can strike.

“It sounds so cliche, but he truly was doing what he loved.”

Funeral services for Baker have not yet been announced.


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