Dave graduated from grade school in Paradise and from Plains High School in 1952. He enlisted in the Navy that summer before his 18th birthday and was honorably discharged before his 21st birthday. Most of his service time was spent at Hickam Field in Hawaii. While there he played in a band and they played a radio show once a week on the base and for other activities. When discharged he returned to Thompson Falls and married his high school sweetheart, Carol Aldrich, August 20, 1955. They had two children, Janice, born on their second anniversary in 1957 and David, born June 15, 1961.
Dave started working at Thompson Falls Lumber Company and stayed there for three years. He then went to Missoula and began summer school at then MSU. He transferred to Bozeman for a year and then returned to MSU where he was awarded a BA degree in 1963. Dave was a very hard worker and worked almost full-time while in college to support his family. He worked nights at Van Evans Plywood Mill, at Montana Bar and Restaurant Supply and other part time jobs. He joined a band and played every Saturday night in Missoula.
Dave was an excellent musician and self taught on the fiddle and guitar. His father and uncle were fiddlers so he picked up some from them. He played in several Fiddler Contests and most always came out the winner.
While growing up, his father was involved in the timber industry and spent some summers living in logging camps in different areas, and he told exciting stories about their adventures. He lived in several places in western Montana and in Northern Idaho as a child.
In Sept 1963, he moved to Boise, where he began a career with Sears. He moved up rapidly and was sent to Ogden and Provo, Utah stores and to Twin Falls, Idaho as Hard and Soft Line Merchandisers. He left Sears and moved back to Boise in 1972. He worked for Boise Building Supply while looking for a business to purchase. They purchased a new home and finally he found his niche in life to the retail business. They purchased a children's clothing store in 1974 and in very few years expanded to four children's stores and two junior ladies stores. He held many office positions in Merchant Associations. They eventually sold out all the stores, the last in 1989, and he went into real estate sales. In between times they painted houses for two years.
When his son joined Scouts, Dave became a Boy Scout leader. After David quit, Dave continued on as a leader, enjoyed the overnight camping trips and learning to cook using basics and learning to eat what they cooked! One year he volunteered as an advisor for Jr. Achievement
Dave enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and spent many weekends in the Idaho City and Lowman, Idaho camping spots and found where to pick huckleberries. He was not a hunter but enjoyed the camaraderie of going out with his best friend, Ivan Cantrell and his relatives. Dave was appointed chief cook and bottle washer. They enjoyed sitting around the campfire telling stories (lies?), playing music and drinking beer. He lost his friend, Ivan, about four years ago and trips ended.
Dave and Carol divorced in 1993. He continued with Real Estate and then tried his hand at buying, fixing up and selling houses. He tried being a landlord for a while and disliked that job.
In July, 1994, Dave married Elizabeth Guinard and acquired her five children, all grown. They became snowbirds and spent winters in Yuma, Ariz. where they purchased a park model home. He became heavily involved in music and was in a band that got together every week and also played outside Yuma for different venues. He also volunteered playing for nursing home residents in the Yuma area, and in Boise in summertime. Music was a large part of Dave's life and was very disappointing when having to give it up in Sept, 2011.
Dave was preceded in death by his mother and father, Floyd and Helen Baylor; brother, Bruce Baylor; and sister, Lori Jonas. He also lost his beloved daughter, Janice, (Janibug to him) in 2007 in Boise.
Dave is survived by his son, David (Virginia) Baylor of Boise; and her two sons, Dan (Leanna) and Jason Rice of Arizona; his siblings, Ed (Ruby) Baylor and Jim Baylor of Missoula, Bonnie (Bryce) Doty of Thompson Falls, Sherry (John) Weingart of Cataldo, Idaho, Bernice McKenzie of Spokane, Pie (Glenn) Wunderlich of Mead, Wash., and many nieces and nephews scattered in many states.
Dave also leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth, her son, Matt, his wife and children; son Todd, daughters Suzanne and Mary Guinard, all of Boise, and daughter, Katy Clough and son of New Hampshire.
Local former in-laws and friends also survive, Ray (Marsha) Aldrich, Dolores (Bob) Burrese, Francie Aldrich, and their families, and his former wife, Carol Baylor, all of Thompson Falls.
Dave wished to be cremated and scattered near Thompson Falls. Services were held in Boise at Cloverdale Funeral Chapel Friday, July 20.