Joel Baker Obituary, Death – After the 33-year-old Salt Lake County sheriff’s deputy Joel Baker was struck and murdered as he was on his way to work, his family would like to express their gratitude to the community for their support. According to the investigators, Baker’s vehicle was struck by a cement truck traveling northbound on Redwood Road around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday while Baker was driving westbound on Mountain View Corridor. Cami Beacham, who is Baker’s sister-in-law, stated that the one piece of information they have is that “somehow there wasn’t enough time for him to stop at the light.”
Baker is survived by his wife and their son, who is just 1 year old. Their family has started a GoFundMe account in order to assist in raising money to cover the costs of the funeral.
According to Beacham, “He was gentle, and he loved my sister and their son more than anything else in the world.” “This will be a significant shift for them. They now have the unexpected expense of a funeral to pay for, and she needs to readjust her expectations for her life in general.”
His family has expressed their hope that other motorists will take this tragedy as a warning to drive more carefully and more slowly. Beacham said, “This is someone’s family member; this person’s brother; this person’s husband; this person’s father.” It is crucial to remember that there are other people on the road and that their lives matter. According to the Lehi police, the driver of the cement truck is cooperating with the investigation team, and it does not appear that impairment was a major factor in this incident at this time.
Joel Baker’s GoFundMe says; Early Saturday, November 12 Joel was in a fatal auto accident on his way to work. We are heartbroken at his passing and we want to help Valerie (his wife) and son Grayson out so they are not burdened by funeral expenses as they adjust to their new normal.
Everyone who knew Joel knew what a kind and giving individual he was. Always helping others and never asking for anything in return. He was the life of the party, always up to hang out and spend time with people. He will be greatly missed!