Bryan Donley Baker

December 30, 1974 - June 26, 2020

Bryan Donley Baker, age 45, of Frisco, Texas, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020. He was born in Amarillo, Texas, on December 30, 1974, to E. Don “Buz” and Joye Baker Jr. Bryan obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University and had a career as a retirement planner in the financial industry. He hosted his own radio program called “Smart Money Radio with Bryan Baker”. 

Bryan loved all things outdoors. During his early Jr. High days, he loved getting to go to work with his dad, Buz, and his grandfather, E.D., driving around loaders, rollers and bulldozers in the yard of E.D. Baker Corp. It was a tremendous loss for him when his father passed away when he was just 14 years old. From pickup trucks to fast boats, hunting and skiing, along with fast cars and NASCAR, Bryan was happiest out doing things. From early on, Bryan loved loud engines and because a huge fan of NASCAR, and after watching his first race, he was hooked. He attended many racing schools over the years and even got to race with Tony Stewart at Texas Motor Speedway twice. He was an avid fan of the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and a loyal, lifetime fan of the Dallas Cowboys. On any given afternoon or evening, you’d probably find Bryan at one of his favorite restaurants with his numerous friends in Uptown or in Frisco or out on the water on his boat. Bryan will be greatly missed by so, so many who knew and loved him. 

Bryan is survived by his mother, Dr. Joye Baker, of Dallas; his son, Bryan Dylan Baker, of Frisco; the mother of his son, Juli Einsohn, of Frisco; his sister, Dena R. Baker, of Largo, Florida; his brother, Tim Baker and his wife, Jennifer, along with his nephews, Trevan and Caden Baker, of Crested Butte, Colorado. He is also survived by his uncle, Art Baker and his wife, Jo, of Amarillo, TX; Tom Buell and his wife Ruth, of Pasco, WA; Chuck Buell and his wife, Betty, of Phoenix, AZ; along with numerous cousins throughout the country. He leaves behind his beloved companion and most loyal friend, Cooper, his rescue dog! 

He is preceded in death by his father, Emerson Donley “Buz” Baker Jr., March 29, 1989. 

Due to the Covid pandemic, at this time, a private funeral service was held. A memorial service will be planned for later this summer to remember Bryan and to celebrate his life. 

In lieu of flowers, a formal Bryan Donley Baker memorial trust has been established for the direct support in care and future education of Bryan’s 21 month old son, Dylan:

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The sweetest gift is the time we are given to celebrate and share moments together with the people who come into our lives. Thank you for being part of our lives, Bryan. You will be missed!
Lisa McLaughlin, July 2, 2020
I will always remember you and Timothy growing up in Borger. Parker girls Audra, Misty, and Jana babysitting us all summer long. I miss you my childhood friend. Amy Cornelison, July 1, 2020 Sincerest condolences to the Baker family! We are praying for you all for your loss of a very special person! May you all look to our Heavenly Father for complete healing, understanding and wisdom only He can provide! In Jesus name I pray, Amen Love , the Romine’s Lindsey , July 1, 2020 I want to say God Bless all Bryan’s close family and friends as we all grieve during this difficult time. We don’t always have the answers, but our faith in God will help us all heal. Bryan was one of my very good friends and he will be forever missed. I know he is in heaven looking down on us all now. RIP Bryan Chris Suldo, July 1, 2020 I love you and I hope your soul is at peace. See you in Heaven my friend Tarra Apperson, June 30, 2020 We would like to offer our deepest condolences for you and your family, we are very sad for the loss our dear neighbor. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and courage to face the days ahead. Count with us for anything you may need Lolita and Guillermo Prieto, June 30, 2020 Bryan, thank you for allowing me to be a friend your kind hearted spirit would light up every room you walked into. Until we meet again. RIP brother. Steve Keller, June 30, 2020 Bryan, thank you for all of our years of friendship and through so many phases of our lives. I am so glad we got to hang out last year on the ski trip! You will be missed so much! I look forward to watching Dylan grow up. RIP my friend. Heidi M., June 30, 2020 Love you bro! Hope you find a nice lake up there in heaven! Charles Morton, June 30, 2020 You were a great friend, Bryan. I will always remember the times I would see you out or at a group dinner because you always greeted me with a big smile, a hand shake, and a hug. You had a big heart and truly cared for everyone. You will be missed my friend. Chris Smith, June 30, 2020 RIP Brian. You were such a kind soul. You will be missed by many.
Ashton Pearson, June 30, 2020 You will never be forgotten. We will hold you in our hearts forever dear friend. Every sunset we will think of you. Every falling star we will make a wish in your name Bryan. Always & Forever. We love your big heart.
Erik and Paula, June 30, 2020 We send our love and are here for you throughout this unspeakably difficult time and always. We pray that Bryan is finally at peace. Erin Mugavero and Linda Caruth and family, June 30, 2020 I will miss you dearly my friend! I will always cherish our times together, lake moments, random trips and conversations. Until we meet again. Godspeed!
Shane O'Toole, June 30, 2020
Condolences to the family.
Chuck , June 30, 2020 May you Rest In Peace my friend. Jennifer Hartman, June 30, 2020 I hope you're in a better place with no more pain, you were really loved and one of the best guys I know, Rest in Peace Buddy!!!
Michael Duncan, June 30, 2020 Carmen and I would like to extend our heart felt thoughts, prayers, and condolences to all the members of Bryan Bakers family, his son Dylan and Juli and many, many friends whom he would always considered family. Bryan was a special person to Carmen and I, a very good friend whom I would consider like a brother. Even though we lived some distance apart, when we were all together it was always like we picked up from where we left off the last time we had met up. I just want to say My Friend you will be truly, truly missed and thought of often. We are really going to miss all the times hanging with you and Coop Dog on the Lake and Running our Baja's wide open... Rest in peace Bryan, We love you and we will see you again. May God give your family the strength to find peace in this time of sadness. Sincerely,
Vance and Carmen Riley, June 30, 2020 All roads lead home. Miss you friend. Josh Mashburn , June 30, 2020 I love you man! I’ll always help watch over your family. God is Love. Coley O’Toole, June 30, 2020 Bryan was one of my best friends. Bryan has many great friends. He is as loyal as you get. We traveled together, went to the lake, split Cowboys season tickets. He was there for me if I needed any help with out asking any questions. I will miss your friendship and miss you daily. Love you brother!
Brian Payson, June 30, 2020 RIP My Brother.
Jay Leger, June 30, 2020 Holding you all close in thought & prayer. Sending lots of love, strength, comfort & peace. May Bryan Baker Rest In Peace. God bless.
Lizzie Holden Heim, June 30, 2020 "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." May we all find comfort in knowing that Bryan is with the Lord and that his pain and suffering is no more. To Bryan's far reaching circle of family and friends, may your hearts be healed through God's perfect love and be filled with Bryan's spirit that will forever live in all who knew him. Today, we unite and celebrate his life. Bryan, we love you and will miss you. Amen. Josh Karasow, June 30, 2020 Bryan, me and nicole are going to miss you so much. You came to our house almost every day. We are going to miss that a lot. Rest In Peace my friend, until we meet again.
John and Nicole vandervlies, June 30, 2020 I will miss you my friend!! Bryan Horne, June 30, 2020 God Speed my brotha. Till we see each other again, we will be praying for you, Julie, and Dylan and every life you made better by being an awesome friend. Love you Bryan Baker. Kevin Romero and Family
Kevin Romero, June 30, 2020
Bryan, You have been a rock in my life for over 15 years. Every single time I would see you you had a huge grin on your face! You were always so excited to be surrounded by friends :). I’ve never seen someone so passionate about boating, NASCAR, cars in general, and quality time with friends. Some of my favorite memories of you are when you called me and Staci “cackling black birds” and when you yelled at some random guy “Get off my boat! I have a thousand friends in America!” Leslie Slipakoff loves this memory as well. I promise to get our boys together Bryan. I’m so sorry we didn’t do this when you were here. You have a ton of friends (including me) who want to be there for your son growing up. I know you love him so much and will watch over him all the time. We miss you and love you Bryan. You are in my heart and prayers. Tim also loves you so much and misses you. We wish so much that things would be different right now. We will love you forever ! Kala DeHaan-Hill Kala DeHaan-Hill, June 30, 2020 Bryan was a great friend, he was very generous. A spirited individual. I will not forget his kindness toward myself and daughter. Tabby Meginnis, June 29, 2020 Bryan was a great person, quick to smile and a friend that will be missed, my heart is greatly saddened. May the Lord bless his soul. Fred Carey, June 29, 2020 To all of the Baker family, my sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers be with you at this time.
Doug Hamilton, June 29, 2020 Bryan was like a son to me and a brother to my three girls. I lived across the street from his grandfather E.D. Baker in Borger for many years. He stayed with us for most of his last year at Texas Tech when he was home because his mother had moved to Dallas. We spent many wonderful times at various lakes and Tech football games. I’ve known and loved him for thirty years and will miss him deeply. I love Juli and his son Dylan and will stay in their lives. As Dylan grows I will tell him stories about his dada and love him as I love Bryan. Rest In Peace my sweet. Love Helen Helen Montgomery, June 29, 2020 My heart goes out to the Baker family and all of Bryan’s friends. Bryan was special in many ways and will be missed dearly. He will live in my memory forever. Rest in peace brother! Sincerely, Brandon Brandon Haley, June 28, 2020 Bryan had become such a good friend to me and my family over the years. Getting to know Bryan was a privilege. He was kind and fun loving and always was willing to share his friendship with others. Our family will miss him greatly. David Duston, June 28, 2020 I will always miss you, we loved you very much bro! Prayers for all of the family!
Cory Stone, June 28, 2020
May God bring comfort to Bryan’s family. I lived in the same neighborhood growing up and The Bakers are a precious family. Melissa Jenkins Frisco Tx Melissa Jenkins, June 27, 2020