Dad 3 wheeler
William "Rusty" Baptist
  • 61 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 27, 1954
  • Place of birth:
    Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Date of passing: Apr 17, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Escondido, California, United States
I know he lives a little left of living right An he's come close to going way to far a few times But I'd trade a thousand prayers If just one prayer would come true Lord, please believe in him, like I believe in you.

Do not stand by the dunes and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on sand. I am the sunlight on the rolling hills. I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shines at night. Do not stand by the dunes and cry; I am not there; I did not die.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Rusty Baptist on 27th June 2016

"Happy Birthday Dad. Miss you so much."

This tribute was added by Mary Baptist on 27th June 2016

"Happy Birthday , Love ..You are so missed....."

This tribute was added by Gordon Kaesemeyer on 27th June 2016

"You used to come to my house every morning for Coffee before I left for work. You helped get me started"

This tribute was added by Susan Garvey on 26th May 2016

"My bro Rusty, what a brother in law! We sure had some Great times over the years, Pauma Valley especially and the Casinos, you will be forever loved and missed till I see you in Heaven"

This tribute was added by Todd Peter on 26th May 2016

"Big Russ, I never met a guy quite like you. You always had a way of looking at things thru a positive window. Thanks for all the Pauma Valley days, horseshoes, bbq's, off-road antics, a place to sleep, and great times. Days I will never forget. Don't worry your son will carry on your legacy off off-road love and especially the one liners. Rest In Peace Big Russ"

This tribute was added by Sue Roberts on 25th May 2016

"Rusty. I love you. You and Mary always made me feel happiness.  You always made me feel so special. I loved bring your favorite. Even in your last days, you made me feel special I could't beleive it. . Standing at the hospital and hugging me and your wave as I left , I will always remember. I am so so thankful Mary called me,  All the memories with you, Mary, Barb, Bill and Mike, will live in my heart forever. I pray you are out of pain and with your Dad. You were a very special person and I will miss your humor above all. I will always miss you and always remember - Peace   sue <3"

This tribute was added by Gordon Kaesemeyer on 25th May 2016

"We shared many adventures together. We were best friends for many years. Even our dogs were buds. I remember going fishing in a 10 foot aluminum boat with Tony and our 3 dogs. We had no life vests and we followed a charter fishing boat out about 30  miles off the coast to take advantage of their chum. That was the plan. We stopped the boat and we was attacked by Barracuda. they were even jumping in the boat. Dogs were freeking out and the swells were over 50 ft high. then we lost our bearing. so we followed the direction of the waves til we seen land. We were even feeding the pelicans gliding behind the boat fish right out of our hands. We had some terrific Margarita parties at Barbs place. He had an MG midget and I had a fiat Spyder and we would race around Escondido inches off of each others bumpers squaring off corners at 50+ like they was go carts. WE played in the desert in dune buggies.He took me to Glammis we got their at dark in the summer We had the place to our selves. With margaritas between the seats life was in the headlights. As the sun came up I began to realize the magnitude of what and where we were. I got trapped in Oldsmobile....Him and Lil Russ was standing at the top of the bowl flagging me up. I didnt have paddle tires so I had to circle the huge bowl building momentum. I sailed over their heads breaking my sternum on the steering wheel on the landing. Then he took me for a ride in his buggy. A toyota Mid engine powered rocket. It was like a roller coaster ride WOW!
I would take his entire family breakfast or too breakfast nearly every Sunday. I owned an auto repair business and made more money than I could spend alone. I would buy cars and he would help me prep and sell them. We would split the profit. He was aw-sum with a buffer. We made a potatoe cannon and blew the fence over in his back yard. He helped me on many projects. We hung out together every day. I miss those days. He once told me that we would always be friends it would just be in different venues. Then I moved away and we didnt speak for 20 years. When Mary finally found me it was as if we spoke yesterday. A true friend. I will miss you Russ"

This tribute was added by Michael Allee on 25th May 2016

"One of my greatest friends. I enjoyed every second we had together. He showed me and taught me so many things. The greatest was to look at life and not take it for granted. Work through it. Words can never describe the way I felt about that man. I will think about him and i will miss him till the day I die. I will miss the tequila. Shot to you senior. Thank you for your knowledge and your friendship. God speed. Oh and also look down on me next time I'm working on a 22R. I might need the help."

This tribute was added by Chris Carson on 12th May 2016

"Big russ you taught me so much over the years... You are like no other, we have had many conversations about life and living it. You will live on in our hearts forever! Angel flying to close to the ground"

This tribute was added by Joshua Martelli on 11th May 2016

"Respect and peace. Proud to know your son!"

This tribute was added by Mary Baptist on 3rd May 2016

"Forever in my heart. All my love"

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