Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Loran Lee "Butch" Baker, Jr.

Santa Cruz Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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Reflections for Sergeant Loran Lee "Butch" Baker, Jr.

Sergeant baker , 7 years ago today you and your partner where murdered while doing your job. Rest easy

Mark Mottola

February 26, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Baker.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 2, 2019

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 13, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lt. James Russo

March 2, 2018

Rest in peace.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

February 26, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 5th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 26, 2018

Rest in peace I am so very sorry I mixed the officers names up this was a sad and confusing time . With all due respect god bless you all. Al Santana & family

Sc resident al Santana
Twin lakes church

July 17, 2014

Sergeant Baker, thank you for serving the people of Santa Cruz with dedication during your career. The community is certainly at a loss without you and your years of experience. I recently had the honor of speaking with your sister at Police Week and was touched by how much you were also a family man and saddened to know how this tragic event touched their lives. You will be forever missed, but also forever honored. You sir left a great legacy. May you now rest in peace knowing that your family is being looked out for and that people are keeping them in their hearts and prayers.

Officer Janet Rowe ( retired )
Arlington County Police Dept., Arlington, VA

May 17, 2014

Rest in peace, we'll take the watch from here.

Lieutenant Shannon
San Francisco Sheriff's Department

January 23, 2014

God Bless you Sir. May the good Lord above cradle you in his arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

October 25, 2013

Such a wonderfull human being I had the honor of knowing baker such a wonderfull person may he and his partner rest in peace with all due respect and all the love in my heart I send your department and family's a well deserved thank you for you service. Rest in paradise

Citizen Alfonso Santana
Santa Cruz twin lakes church,

July 29, 2013

God Bless you Sgt. Baker. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy Sir.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

July 23, 2013

Thank you for your service and unselfish sacrifice for your fellow man! You belong to HIM now and forever! May your family and friends find comfort and peace in that fact. God Bless!

Rev. Steven R. Closs, D.D.
Retired Captain, Nashua Police Department, Nashua, NH

June 9, 2013

My deepest condolences to the family, members of the department, and those served, at the loss of this supervisor. May faith, family, friends and time join together to ease everyone’s pain at this time of loss.

While many other career choices were certainly available, Sergeant Baker chose to protect his fellow man, and for this we give everlasting thanks. As the Good Lord hath said, “Blessed are the Peacemakers.”

Thank you for your service, your convictions and moral character, as well as your devotion to duty. May you now rest in peace, knowing your fellow brothers and sisters will watch over your family and continue the Watch!

Rusty Featherstone, Asst. Dir. (Ret.)
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, OSBI

May 28, 2013

To the family and friends of Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker and his fellow officers:

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Butch was brutally murdered.

To Sergeant Baker's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Sergeant Baker gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 26, 2013.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 12, 2013

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Sergeant Loran Baker and the Santa Cruz Police Department during this time. Thank you, Sergeant Baker, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

April 3, 2013

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace through such incidents & He will judge the guilty. May family & friends feel the presence of the "God of All Comfort" as they endure the distressing days ahead. I join them in their agonizing grief & remember them in my prayers.

Another senseless tragedy
Another day of grief,
Another day of praying
To help us find relief.

Relief from bitter anguish
Relief from rage so great,
Relief from lenient justice
Which continues to seal our fate.

Relief from heartache’s torment
As we continue on,
Oh, the awesome loss of brotherhood
Now that you are gone.

Though our hearts are deeply broken
And our tears forever flow,
There’s a comforting assurance
That now with God you go.

We know that you are welcome
Now at Heaven’s gate,
While meeting brothers & sisters
Who also met such fate.

The family of Law Enforcement
Knows no distance here or there,
And we recall in comfort
You await us there.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

April 3, 2013

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

April 1, 2013

God Bless you Sergeant Baker. May the good Lord above cradle you in His arms, and may you Rest in Peace my Brother in Blue. I offer my prayers and sympathies to each and every one of your family members, friends, and co-workers. Rest easy Sir.

Chris Walley
Former Jail Officer/Deputy Wayne Co. Mississippi Sheriffs Department

March 20, 2013

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now.

Deputy Sheriff
San Bernardino Sheriff's Dept., CA-Victorville Traffic Division

March 20, 2013

Sgt Baker & dear family, the sacrifice you have given to the citizens of your community is seal flesh and extraordinary. May the family, friends, & the Department be proud that they were loved by a true American Hero. Sir, you will NEVER be forgotten!

Sgt's Mother
Colorado Springs Police Department

March 15, 2013

Sgt. Baker,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Santa Cruz. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

March 14, 2013



March 11, 2013

I guess when I need a good cry, I come to these pages.
When one stands in the light, they cannot comprehend the depth of the darkness, as it makes no sense to them; it is not part of their being. Know that as a citizen and supporter of what is right, I am crushed by the continuing murders of who is good, trying to protect what is good. Maybe I am a fool in that I understand there is an eternal struggle of good and evil but yet I cannot accept it. I cannot accept the darkness and tragedy it brings, though maybe to accept it, is to lessen hating it and deeply hating those that purvey this evil. With all respect and prayers for strength. I am numb here.

California citizen

March 11, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the dear family, friends and co-workers of Sergeant Baker. God Bless him for his service and sacrifice he made to keep others safe from harm. Rest in Peace dear brother, you will not be forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

March 10, 2013

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