Robert  "Bob" Steven Baron
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“My Friend Bob is lifting the joy of all in heaven by simply explaining to all the angels what an outstanding place they all get to spend eternity in....Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Larry Biscayart - Lancaster, CA

“We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Bob and family will be in our prayers. Our sincere condolences, Mike and Betsy Vierra ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Mike Vierra - CA

“I was shocked to learn of the sudden passing of Bob. I knew Bob when we both served as project managers on various programs at Dryden over the...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Cal Jarvis - Spokane, WA

“Bob sat with us at our 50th HS reunion. I swear the champagne bottle he bought was a least 1.5 gallons! So we really got into the memories of the...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Frank and Mary Ann Konya - Avon, OH

“So many fond memories of Christmas and Four of July filled with Bob's hearty laugh. The joy and celebrations were always punctuated with that laugh!...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Tana Talbot Bailey - Springfield, VA

“Bob's robust laugh echoes in my memory. I can still remember my mom saying, "OMG, that laugh!" as we sat around the table talking after dinner. His...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Shirley (Kopatich) Kotchou - OH

“I knew Bob Baron to be an extraordinary project manager who led projects that few others, anywhere, could accomplish. He had an unmatched skills in...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Kenneth J. Szalai - Palmdale, CA

“Bob was bigger than life and led the fun at our Heyer Street get togethers. Our Fourth of July block parties centered at the Baron's pool and wouldn...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Glodean Gates - Lancaster, CA

“I always remember Bob coming to my mom's house and scrounging food. His first stop was the refrigerator. Bob was, to say the least, full of energy...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Abby Barone - Canfield, OH

“Bob was an OUTSTANDING co-worker. His voice and presence will be etched in the halls of NASA @ Bldg. 4800. He was full of life! GOD SPEED Bob! ”
10 of 25 | Posted by: Patricia Kinn - Edwards AFB, CA

“You brought great joy to all who knew you. Your bold laughter has been silenced, but your memory will remain. Goodby dear neighbor and friend. ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Terry Willibrand - Lancaster, CA

“As a tour guide at NASA I always appreciated Bob's enthusiasm in sharing what he did which at the time was X-38-- it was a joy to have known him and...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Mary Ann Harness - Rosamond, CA

“I worked in the same Bldg with Bob in the mid 1990s, what an awesome man he was. I'm blessed to have to known him. I will be praying for his family. ”
13 of 25 | Posted by: Cyndi Holland - Phoenix, AZ

“Loved his laughter and talking to him was so inspiring. I worked in finance and would help him with questions on funding. Such a great man. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Cindy Brandvig - California City, CA

“We are deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He will always have a special place in our hearts. I will never forget the donuts he brought to me...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Candi & Tim Mertes and Family - MO

“"Beautiful Bob" will always be one of the most memorable characters I've ever known! Bob was never conventional! Memorably, when it became obvious...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Don Gatlin - Palmdale, CA

“"Outstanding" was Bob's career at the Armstrong Research Center - His career spanned many "political" changes including the name of our beloved...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Louis Steers - Santa Ana, CA

“I was the secretary for the Dir of Projects in the 70's...Bob was my go-to-guy to get things done..he was like a big brother who was always there to...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Patti Apprill - Hollister, MO

“I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was larger than life - a wonderful friend and great Project Manager at NASA. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Jan Purifoy - Lancaster, CA

“Bob definitely was one of the most known and loked people at "dryden" Armstrong. i was on the credit union supervisory committee with him and our...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: cindy - lancaster, CA - coworker

“Bob will be missed. He always had a smile--sometimes an interesting way of getting things done--but he was always smiling. ”
21 of 25 | Posted by: Al Harris - Kasilof, AK

“Baron Family- I'm sorry to hear about Bob's passing. His influences I still carry today. I thank him for what he gave me, hockey titles, baseball,...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Steve Willibrand - Santa Clarita, CA

“Bobby was just like a big brother to me. His mom and dad were my Godparents and I spent time there every summer. His sister Annie used to stay with...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Peggy Pizzo Cassella - boston, MA

“May you find peace and comfort. You will always be in your family's heart. ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Sally Baron - San Marcos, CA

“Dear Family and Friends Thank you so much for your kindness and support through this very difficult loss. Everyone that knew Pops knew that he...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Cynthia Baron Maevers - Las Vegas, NV

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Bob Baron August 6, 1939 – June 6, 2014

Robert "Bob" S. Baron, age 74, passed away from complications of surgery on June 6, 2014, in Lancaster, CA.

Bob was born in Manhattan, NY on August 6, 1939 and had lived in the Antelope Valley for 50 years.

Bob graduated from Youngstown University with dual degrees in math and physics. Being inspired by President Kennedy's quote, "We will put a man on the moon," he chose a career at NASA Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Center and moved to Lancaster in 1961.

"NASA Bob" dedicated 40 years of his life to NASA and worked on many historic flight projects, including the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) and the Space Shuttle.

"Coach" Baron contributed 20 years to volunteering and promoting youth sports programs in the Antelope Valley, including hockey, baseball, softball, and football. His teams won many championships at the state and regional levels. Before becoming a coach, Bob played on NASA's Industrial League basketball and softball teams.

Everyone knew him affectionately by his favorite nickname, "Pops." He was an avid Cleveland Browns fan for over 60 years.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Church and a member of the Elk's Lodge #1625.

Pops is joining his predeceased family; parents Matthew "Max" and Christine Baron and his sister Anne Baron.

Bob is survived by his wife, Patricia (Gavin) Baron and her children David and Shannon (Killebrew) Gavin, Wendy Gavin, Kelly Cerda and David Melchor. Her 5 grandchildren: Tiffany, Brody, Christine, Colin, and Cameron, all of whom have been a joyful addition to his life.

Pops is survived by his ex-wife Sally (Kopatich) Baron, of San Marcos, CA and his 2 children Sean and wife Linda (Reel) Baron, of Virginia Beach, VA and Cynthia Maevers and hubs Eric French, of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pops is survived by his 7 grandchildren; Rhett, McKenna and Shane Baron; Heather, Kagan, and Rhianna Maevers; Ethan French, and his first great grandson, Logan Rylee Maevers.

Pops will be sadly missed by his family, many loving friends and associates, many of whom he has known for more than 50 years. Those who were privileged to work with him when he was a Project Manager knew him to be very energetic and quite "creative" in finding ways to get it done, despite the scarcity of resources.

A service is scheduled for 2pm on Friday, August 22, 2014 at
Father Serra Parish Catholic Church
42121 60th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 943-9314

A reception will immediately follow the service in the hall.

A Mass Intention is being recited for him at Sacred Heart Church on December 24, 2014.

For more information, email

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in his honor, to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences can be sent in Bob's name to
Halley-Olsen-Murphy Mortuary
44831 N. Cedar Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
Phone: (661) 942-1139, Randy

As Pops would frequently say,