Larry Steven Baird, 66, of The Villages, FL passed away January 8, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Larry was born in Lansing, Michigan on November 14, 1951. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard F. Baird and Edna B. (Clark) Baird, and his brother Richard A. Baird all of Mason, Michigan.
Larry was a graduate of Mason High School and Michigan State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.
Larry married the love of his life, Denise (Shinaver) Baird on August 11, 1973. Together they enjoyed traveling, camping, golfing, bowling, and spending time with their grand-daughters.
Larry began his teaching career in Indiana, at Whitko High School. In 1977, Larry began teaching at DeWitt High School in DeWitt, Michigan, where he taught math and coached for the next 29 years. Larry was active in the teachers union, often advocating for his fellow educators. He coached football, baseball, and volleyball, but his true coaching passion was softball. In 1981, he co-founded the Michigan High School Softball Association. In 1990 he was voted the National High School Athletic Coaches Association, Coach of the Year. In 1999, Larry was voted into the Michigan High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Upon his retirement, in 2007, he was ranked 13th nationally among high school softball coaches, with over 700 wins to his name.
Larry is survived by his wife of 44 years. His daughter Erin (Baird) Baker and son-in-law Chuck of Northville, MI. His son Kyle and daughter-in-law Trisha (Hines) Baird of Milwaukee, WI. And his three grand-daughters Madilynn, Katelynn, and Ellynn Baker.
A celebration of life will be held in late June at the DeWitt High School softball field. In lieu of flowers, please honor Larry with donations made to the DeWitt Varsity Softball program. Donations can be sent to DeWitt High School c/o DeWitt Softball 13601 Panther Drive DeWitt, MI 48820