HARPER WARD - Our dear dad, grandpa, and friend, Max Leon Baty passed away, peacefully in his home surrounded by family, on Sunday, August 25, 2013.
He was born November 30, 1936 in Brigham City, UT, the son of Daniel Korth Baty and Effie Mary Olsen. Max attended Box Elder high school; he was a State Champion wrestler, an All State football and baseball player, and all around good guy who was loved by all. Max graduated high school in 1955 and joined the United States Army Reserves in 1958, serving for 4 years, with an honorable discharge.
While in high school he met the love of his life Jerilyn Holmgren. They married in the Logan LDS Temple on May 29, 1959. They built their home in Harper Ward, where they raised and taught their four children the values of hard work and getting along with others.
Max worked to put himself through college at Utah State University where he was a member of the SAE fraternity and furthered his wrestling career. He earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in Physical Education. After teaching 6th grade for one year Max accepted a job at the Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City. He spent 25 years teaching at the Indian School where he worked in many different roles such as coach/PE teacher, Director of Special Projects, Title 1 Special Education, the Director of Guidance, and Vice Superintendent; he had a lasting impact on many students and his coworkers. He worked at the Indian School until it's closing in 1984 when he took a job at Breitenbeker furniture and later McFarland Ford, until his retirement. While Max did have a 8-5 job he also had a 24/7 lifestyle of farming, where on the Baty homestead, he provided an ideal way of life for his family for years to come. He loved to farm and work the land; he always had "projects" to work on. A high priority for him was to continue the Baty heritage and provide a retreat called "home" for his children and future posterity.
Max held the Melchizedek priesthood and various church callings; his favorite calling was serving as Scout Master. Max's greatest joy was spending time with his wife and children, and later his grandchildren and great-grandchildren around the farm and also on many hunting and fishing trips. Max loved coaching each of his children in various sporting events and took pride in their accomplishments. His words of encouragement will ring in our hearts forever: keep a song in your heart and a smile on your face. Max was our pillar of strength and a mentor to all. We could always count on him for a listening ear and to give a few sound words of advice. He was steady, honest, and has left a heritage for his posterity and all who knew him. He was stubborn in his ways but we could not have asked for a better dad, grandfather, and friend.
He is survived by his children: Kirk (Lynell) Baty, Middleton, Idaho; Lisa Baty, South Jordan; Mark (Erin) Baty, Brigham City; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, his dog Ono, his brothers: Richard (Ann) Baty, Dave (Annette) Baty, and John (Joleen) Baty, his sisters: Bonnie (Harvey) Morgan, Patty (Allen) Jensen, and many loving nieces and nephews.
We are so thankful that he was welcomed back home with loving arms by his wife, Jeri; parents, Daniel and Effie; son Kipp, and loved grandson Luke Baty.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Brigham City North Stake Center, 620 N. 300 E., Brigham City, UT.
Friends may call on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 205 S. 100 E., Brigham City and on Saturday from 10:00 to 10:40 a.m. at the Church.
Interment will be in the Calls Fort Cemetery military honors will be accorded by Combined Veterans from Box Elder County.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.