- Mar 7:
- Thousands mourn, celebrate slain Santa Cruz police officers
- Live blog recap: Slain Santa Cruz police officers' funeral service
- Huge turnout, long procession expected for Santa Cruz officers' memorial in San Jose
- Mar 6:
- Hundreds pay respects at casket viewing for Santa Cruz's fallen officers
- Former Portland probation officer feared Santa Cruz cop killer
- Mar 5:
- Man who allegedly stole flowers from fallen officers memorial appears in Santa Cruz courtroom
- Public casket viewing Wednesday for fallen Santa Cruz officers
- 33-mile motorcade for fallen Santa Cruz officer scheduled for Thursday morning
- Mar 4:
- Santa Cruz police shooting: Wearing badge is never routine
- Mar 2:
- Why did Santa Cruz shooter, with so sketchy a background, have registered handguns?
- Mar 1:
- Memorial for slain Santa Cruz police officers moved to HP Pavilion
- Feb 28:
- Santa Cruz Sheriff: Two cops had 'no chance to protect themselves' in shooting
- Getting honest about Santa Cruz's story
- Court martial of Jeremy Goulet following alleged rapes in Hawaii was dropped
- Teacher of Hawaiian healing arts, chanted prayers as Santa Cruz police chased, shot down suspect
- Feb 27:
- Santa Cruz officer slain was mother of two served 'the community in the best way '
- Santa Cruz fallen officer: Sgt. Loran 'Butch' Baker always wore shorts -- and a big smile
- In confronting suspect Jeremy Goulet, Santa Cruz police officers found a troubling history
- Coastal town Santa Cruz reels from shooting deaths of police officers
- Sister says slain Santa Cruz police detective Elizabeth Butler loved her job
- Santa Cruz sheriff: Killer shot two plainclothes officers at his doorstep
- Father of California police shooting suspect says son was 'ticking time bomb'
- From the archives: Santa Cruz Sgt. Loran 'Butch' Baker has hands full patrolling main downtown drag
- Fallen Santa Cruz officer saw policing like parenting, public relations
- Santa Cruz police shootings: Suspect had gun conviction, and had been arrested Friday
- Feb 26:
- Video: Phil Wowak reports two officers killed in Santa Cruz
- Live blog: Two Santa Cruz police officers and suspect dead after shootout
- Two Santa Cruz police officers, suspect shot and killed
SANTA CRUZ -- Even before his sudden death at the hands of a gunman Tuesday, Santa Cruz police Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker had left a legacy.
In addition to being one of the most veteran and respected officers in town, Baker, a 28-year member of the force who was nearing retirement, passed on the love of policing to his son Adam. The young man was just out of Harbor High School when he started serving as community service officer, a position he still holds.
In 2010, the Sentinel reported Adam Baker had grown up hearing stories from his well-respected father.
"I've grown up around this place," he said. "I've always wanted to work for Santa Cruz."
Loran 'Butch' Baker with his son, Adam, when Adam joined the Santa Cruz Police as a Community Service Officer in September of 2010. (Larissa Mueller/Sentinel)
At the time, Butch Baker said the choice his son made to follow in his footsteps "kind of threw me for a loop."
Their mailboxes were placed side by side at the department.
"I've been inspired by that 'new guy' persona. ... I get glimpses of me when I first started," Butch Baker said at the time.
Police Chief Kevin Vogel was Butch Baker's partner at the time Adam Baker was born.
Baker worked with UCSC Executive Vice Chancellor Alison Galloway, a noted forensic anthropologist, on several notable cases including the still-unsolved case of Pogonip Jane, a woman whose remains were found in Santa Cruz's largest greenbelt in 1994.
Butch Baker said in 2010 that he told his son to work hard for the department.
"It's a great community to be a cop in," he told the Sentinel. "You don't get bored."
Deborah Elston, a co-founder of the advocacy group Santa Cruz Neighbors, has relied on Butch Baker for support and who has been working with Adam Baker recently to help clean up the San Lorenzo River levee.
"It's such an incredible loss of his expertise and just a salt-of-the-earth guy," Elston said, adding that he was "very personable, thoughtful and very approachable."
In addition to his son, Baker leaves behind a wife and two daughters.