Obituary: Loren Baysinger
January 5, 1932 – August 12, 2021
Longtime Craig resident Loren Baysinger passed away at his daughter’s home in Brighton, CO, August 12, 2021. Loren was born January 5, 1932, in Hugo, CO, to Ed and Mildred Baysinger. His early days were spent in Colorado Springs and Florissant, CO. In 1948, the family moved to Grand Junction. Loren graduated from Central High School in 1950. He met and married Helen Baker November 4, 1951. The couple would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in November.
Faith was very important to Loren. He was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for almost 70 years. During that time he moved to various towns to establish and support congregations, served as a regular pioneer, and for decades was an elder. He was known as a patient, loving brother others could turn to in times of need.
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Loren worked for years as a meat cutter. When moving to Craig, he first worked for Bill’s Super Market. Later Bill Bilsing opened Big Country Meats where Loren worked for 15 years. In 1977, Loren fulfilled his dream and opened Mountain Meat Packing. He was happy the business has stayed in the family. His son, Gary, took over initially along with his two boys, Jeffrey and Jonathan, for close to thirty years. Now his grandson, Jeffrey, is running things with the help of his son, Levi. Loren continued to work at the meat plant until the past year.
Loren was well known in the community as an honest businessman. He was well respected and treated others with respect and kindness. Many have expressed to the family how highly they thought of him. A good name was always important to Loren.
Loren had a great love for his family. He was a real grandpa getting down on the floor playing with all the kids. Favorite memories are the vacations and camping trips he took them, scaring them with the story of the man with the golden arm, the game climb the mountain, but most of all his many, many bike rides. He will long be remembered for his big, red bike.
Loren is survived by his wife Helen of Craig, son, Gary (Carolyn) Baysinger of Fruita, daughter, Sheri Moya of Brighton, nine grandchildren, Jeffrey (Timberly) Baysinger, Jonathan (Amy) Baysinger, Courtney (Jorin) Rudd, Shantiel Moya-Jackson, Tanyse (Joshua) Fessler, Trentin Moya, Brayden Moya, Kaleya (Preston) Fertitta, and Zhonesay Moya, fourteen great-grandchildren, Miranda (Kyle) Barrett, Levi (Lexi) Baysinger, Tyler, Ashley, and Michelle Baysinger, Whytney and Andrew Babbitt, Paxton, Keaton, and Brody Rudd, Keidin and Naveya Jackson, and Dawson and Grayson Fessler, four great, great-grandchildren, Paisley and Millie Barrett, and Jessalynn and Holden Baysinger. Loren is also survived by his brother Jerry Baysinger and numerous other family members.
Loren was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Mildred Baysinger, brothers Al and Jack Baysinger, son-in-law, Ruben Moya, and great, great-grandson Kaleb James Barrett.
For those wishing to join, a Zoom memorial will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021, at 2 p.m.
Meeting ID: 871 0018 2458
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