Gary Duane Baldwin was born February 16, 1938, the son of the late Les and Gladys Baldwin in Waterloo, Iowa. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 7, 2019, at the age of 81 years, 6 months, 22 days. Gary is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marva; children and spouses – Gerilyn and Dan, Gregg and Carrie, Geoffrey and Michaelyne; granddaughters – Jessica and husband, Garrick, and Sara; four great-grandchildren – Tatum, Kensley, Jaxson and Bryson; Sister and brother-in-law – Diana and Dennis Bergeson, brother and sister-in-law – Craig and Merilyn Baldwin, sister-in-law – Mary Ott; and numerous relatives.
Gary graduated from Roosevelt H.S., Des Moines, Iowa and Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, with a B.A. degree in chemistry, Bible and psychology. He married his college sweetheart, Marva Jean Paulson, June 25, 1960, at Zion Lutheran Church, Ogden, Iowa. After graduation from college, Gary’s life-long career in the paper industry started in Wisconsin at the Institute of Paper Chemistry, Appleton, and later in the laboratory at Shawano Paper Mill, Shawano, Wisconsin. It was because of his chemistry background that he was soon sent out from the Chicago main office to solve paper production problems for mills from the Mississippi River to the East coast. In 1967 Gary and family moved to Fairfield, Ohio, where he was employed by the Beckett Paper Company, Hamilton, Ohio. While there he received numerous awards for excelling in the service and sales of fine paper. Colorado beckoned in 1976 when Gary and family relocated to Evergreen. Continuing to serve in the paper industry, Gary was employed by the Butler Paper and Nation Wide Paper companies, Denver, Colorado. Later, Gary’s career evolved to the paper printing and design business with Platen Press, Denver. During this time, he earned his MBA in business management from the University of Phoenix.
Gary was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. While a member of Evergreen Lutheran Church for 43 years Gary served in many capacities: church council, congregation president, Stephen Ministry, Glory Ringers Handbell Choir, usher, Troop 737 Scout Master as well as ELC liaison with the Colorado Timberline District, Denver.
Gary was an avid reader, a true patriot of our country as well as an outdoorsman – hunting with his sons, fishing, camping and backpacking on the Appalachian and Colorado Trails. He also drove the bus for Evergreen’s Senior Resource Center for eight years.
Gary completed his baptismal journey August 7, 2019, at his home. Gary had a strong conviction in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. His family is grateful for the prayers and care he was given by so many. A special thanks to the personnel of Mount Evans Hospice, the Evergreen Senior Resource Center and Life Care of Evergreen.