HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A longtime Huntsville dentist died following a motorcycle accident in Guntersville over the weekend.
83-year-old Dr. J. Will Baker, a longtime dentist in Huntsville, died after his motorcycle crashed on the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Guntersville Saturday afternoon. Friends and family say the wheel may have locked up on him, causing the crash.
Baker was traveling back from a trip to Tennessee with a longtime friend to his home at the Mountain Lake Resort, but they never made it.
"I never met a man that was any more generous than he was. I don't know of anybody that knew him that didn't like him." said Baker's friend Carl Williams. "And he's dearly going to be missed by everybody that knew him."
Williams says he was keeping an on eye on his friend, but lost sight of him in his mirror as he topped the bridge. He waited a minute and turned around and that's when he saw Baker laying near his bike, surrounded by people.
"I got as close as close from here to my truck to him and there were people there working with him." said Williams.
Baker was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital and was responsive upon arrival, but passed away several hours later.
Tom Baker says his father was an excellent motorcyclist, and went on numerous cross country trips and logged thousands of miles on his bikes, but he always came back to Huntsville, the town he loved.
"People felt comfortable with my dad. I think what I really would want them to know is he loved this town. Even though he lived in Florida after partial retirement, he kept coming back to keep running his practice." said Baker. "My dad loved life, he loved his family, loved his staff and his patients, and he loved riding motorcycles."
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