Don Baker, Master of Real Estate Development Alum and Prominent Tucson Businessman Dies
Update to our original story:
Memorial services for Don and Dawn have been announced. Services will be held on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ, 85718. In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona or Tucson Hebrew Academy for Don and to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for Dawn.
January 19, 2016:
Donald L. Baker, 59, and his wife Dawn Elizabeth Hunter, 55 died Monday, January 18, 2016, when their plane crashed outside of Salt Lake City, UT. Baker was the pilot of the 1999 Cessna Citation 525 when it crashed near Cedar Fort, according to a news release. The couple was returning back to Tucson after visiting Park City, Utah for a conference.
Baker received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California’s Finance and Real Estate program and earned his Master’s of Real Estate Development from the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture in December 2014. Baker was a co-owner of Larsen Baker, LLC a prominent commercial real estate firm in Tucson which owns and manages over 2 million feet of commercial real estate space.
According to Janice A. Cervelli, FASLA, FCELA, Dean of CAPLA, which is home to the Master of Real Estate Development program from which Baker graduated, “Baker was one of our most enthusiastic students. Even though he came in with tons of experience, he was truly excited about this program, and was an advocate for it. He was thrilled about the sustainability we teach and was a huge asset to both the MRED program and the college. The passing of Don and Dawn is a huge loss for both the University of Arizona and the Tucson community.”
In the last row, Don Baker and Dawn Elizabeth Hunter with a group of CAPLA donors and alumni on the set of Book of Mormon in New York City. The group went to see the show and visit wih Tony Award winning set designer Scott Pask, also an alumni of CAPLA.
Don and Dawn on set at the Book of Mormon.