May 29, 2014 - StaffBarton K. "Bart" Bakker, formerly of Riverton, died Friday, May 2, 2014, in Mission Hills, Calif. He was 50 years old.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Worland. The Rev. Guy Helms will officiate.
Barton K. "Bart" Bakker was born May, 30, 1963, in Casper, the son of Bonnie Jean (Thom) and DuWayne Richard Bakker. His family moved to Riverton in 1967. He grew up in Riverton and attended schools there, graduating from Riverton High School in 1981.
He attended WyoTech in Laramie for two years, and after graduating he worked for Skyline Motors in Rawlins for one year. He then chose to continue his education at Colorado Aero Tech in Fort Collins, Colo., to become a license certified Federal Aviation Administration airplane mechanic working in airframes and power plants (A&P).
On July 20, 1985, he married Rhonda Lea Hansen in Riverton. The couple then moved to California where Mr. Bakker worked in the aircraft industry. The couple later divorced.
He worked for Northrup and Rockwell at Palmdale, Calif., and also worked for Rotary Rocket and for Really Quiet in the development of quieter engines for the space shuttles. He was working for DynCorp for NASA at Edwards Air Force Base in California when he was injured in a motorcycle accident that forced his retirement.
He also worked at Willow Springs International Raceway where he was a mechanic working for Performance Unlimited on mini-Indy style race cars, and on foreign and exotic race cars.
He was a resident at the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Calif., since being injured in 2002.
His family said he loved the outdoors where he liked to camp, hunt and fish, but most of all he loved to go dirt biking with his motorcycle and spending time with his friends.
He is survived by his children, Brittney Lea Bakker of Imperial, Calif., and Tyler Keith Bakker of Tehachapi, Calif.; sister Stacey Lynn (Gregg) Link of Piedmont, Okla.; nephews Brandon and Aaron Link; and aunt Jerilyn (Edward) Finch of Riverton.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Veile Mortuary of Worland is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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