July 31, 1936 — Jan. 16, 2014
Ernest “Gene” E. Baxter passed away at home on Jan. 16, 2014. He was the devoted husband of 30 years to Francine Baxter; loving father of Shelly (Peter) Alexander, Deena (Bruce) Schwegler and Rob (Patti) Baxter and step-father of Shalene (Don) Massey and Robert (Renee) Glidewell; brother of Jacky (Bill) Bindel and Gary (Rhonda) Baxter; beloved grandfather of Shawna, Austin, Evan, Rachael, Danelle, Grant, Carina, Alaina, Alex and Nathaniel; and great-grandfather of Kaelyn.
Gene was born on the family farm north of Ayrshire, Iowa, on July 31, 1936, to Ernest “Doc” and Elnora Baxter. After high school he served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959 as an Aviation Electronics, Second Class on the USS Hancock and USS Hornet aircraft carriers touring Japan and Korea. In 1960 he joined Hewlett Packard, retiring after 28 years as the San Francisco Field Service District Computer Service Manager in Palo Alto. After retirement he worked at See’s Candies in Mountain View, which fulfilled his love of milk chocolate.
Moving to Cameron Park in 1998, Gene was a member of the Placerville Elks Lodge No. 1712 of Shingle Springs and the Church of the Foothills of Cameron Park. He enjoyed camping in his 5th wheel, fishing and metal detecting with the Gold Country Metal Detectors club. He was always supportive of his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He had many friends at the Senior Lunch program.
Memorial Services, including Navy Honors, will be held on Feb. 8, at 3 p.m., at Church of the Foothills, 2380 Merrychase Drive, in Cameron Park, Calif. Private inurnment has been held. Contributions in Gene’s name may be made to Snowline Hospice of El Dorado County, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619, or online at snowlinehospice.org, or Church of the Foothills of Cameron Park, 3939 Cambridge Road, Suite 230, Cameron Park, CA 95682, or online at cotf.org. Friends and family may sign an electronic guestbook and leave condolences at chapelofthepinesfunerals.com.