Motorcyclist killed in July 12 crash in Auburn

A motorcyclist was killed July 12 in a crash in Auburn, according to Auburn Police.

Bob Baker, 58, died at the scene.

Police say the accident happened at about 9:20 p.m. in the 3100 block of A Street Southeast when a pick-up truck making a left turn collided with Baker.

Police continue to investigate the accident.

Mourners thronged the Class of ’78 Facebook page to remember a classmate and buddy, among them Larry Henak, who worked with Baker for 25 years and knew him even longer.

“He was like a brother to me,” Henak wrote. “He called my mom, ‘mom’ and called my sister ‘sis,’ ” Henak wrote. “He was my phone guy, and I was his cable guy. Both our sons went to WSU at the same time. Dad’s Weekends were a blast. We drove over together.”

Henak recalled Baker as a friend who stood by him during the five years he was recovering from a serious ATV accident and the two years he was in treatment for cancer.

“The fondest memory was waking up in the hospital both at Harborview and Seattle Cancer Care and finding him sleeping in the hospital chair next to me, with a Mariners game on. That was a regular site and I will always cherish that about him,” Henak said.

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