Keith Bakker, age 73, passed away at home on March 5, 2019 surrounded by his loving family, after an 8 year battle with metatastic breast cancer. Keith was born May 21, 1945 in Sumas, WA to Charles and Hilda (VanDyken) Bakker. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Susan, daughters Amy (Mike) Lathrop and Kary (Rob) Smith and grandchildren Gregory (fiancé Katie) and Garrett Lathrop. He is also survived by brother Bruce (Barbara) Bakker, aunt Jennie Bakker, sisters-in-law Margie Bakker and Vicky (Ken) Visser, brothers-in-law Steve (Linda) Dodd, Phil (Carroll) Dodd, Stan (Christine) Dodd, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, their families, and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Hilda Bakker, step mothers Lena Bakker and Janette Bakker, brothers Dale, Darryl and (Charles) Duane, sister Cheryl, father and mother-in-law Wally and Julie Dodd, granddaughter Anna Grace Hulsebus, and great friend Dan Smith. Keith graduated from Meridian High School in 1964 and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War earning the Bronze Star. He was a general contractor in Whatcom County for many years. Keith was a long time member of Laurel Church, serving on the Worship Team and as Groundskeeper. Keith enjoyed spending time with his family on many trips over the years. He loved spending time with his many friends on the golf course (especially Raspberry Ridge), singing with the Mt. Baker Toppers, having breakfast at Arlis’s Restaurant, and especially spreading the gospel message while singing with the Good News Trio and Quartet. Keith exemplified the true meaning of a gentle, humble and kind man leaving his mark on many peoples’ lives. He will be sorely missed.
A celebration of Keith’s life will be held at Laurel Church, 162 W. Laurel Rd., Bellingham, WA on Sunday March 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Laurel Church, 162 W. Laurel Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226.