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Death: James E. Baird

James Eldredge Baird, 68, died Saturday, February 7, 1998, in Brigham City, Utah, in an automobile accident.

He was born October 6, 1929, in Provo, Utah, son of Orrin Randall and Almira Lambert Eldredge Baird. He married Louise Mitchell Olsen, April 3, 1963, in the Manti LDS Temple. He resided in Provo all of his life.Jim received a B.S. in elementary education and an M.S. in educational administration from Brigham Young University. In 1973 he received a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Utah. He worked as a professional educator for over 30 years, including service as an elementary school teacher, an elementary school principal, and a professor of elementary education at BYU.

He served as the chairman of BYU's Elementary Education department from 1976-86 and again from 1995-96. In his most recent years at BYU, Jim enjoyed his work with student teachers in Utah's Jordan and Alpine school districts, in Washington, D.C. and in the South Pacific.

Jim also was a professional beekeeper and served for two years as the president of the Utah Beekeepers' Association. One of his greatest joys was working with his family in the family beekeeping business. He also loved coaching his sons youth basketball teams. Lifelong, active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jim served a mission to Australia from 1950 to 1952. He served in many callings in the church, including bishop, high council member, and was currently serving as the high priest group leader in the 10th Ward, Edgemont North Stake in Provo.

He is survived by his wife, Louise; and 11 children, Glen and Lisa Baird, Madison, Wis.; Joanne and Eric Giordano, Medford, Mass.; Janet Baird, American Fork; Christine Baird, Provo; Carolyn Baird, Provo; Douglas and Kristine Baird, Provo; Brian and Jalynn Baird, Memphis, Tenn.; Michael and Amylyn Baird, Provo; Sarah Baird, Provo; Elder Robert Baird, Idaho Boise LDS Mission; and Marie Baird, Provo. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren; two brothers, Fred E. and Norma Baird, Bountiful, and Wilford E and Ann Baird, Provo; one sister, Kathleen and Roy Sneddon, Lincoln, Neb.; and his sister-in-law, Bonnie Baird, Brigham City. He was preceded in death by his brother, Orrin E Baird, Brigham City, Utah.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 11, 1998, at 11 a.m. in the Edgemont North Stake Center, 4300 North Canyon Road, Provo. Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 East 800 North, Orem, and Wednesday at the stake center from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Burial will be in the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Brigham Young University David O. McKay School of Education scholarship fund. For more information, contact the BYU School of Education at (801) 378-3694.

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