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Virgen's View: Coach Baldwin fondly remembered

Virgen's View: Coach Baldwin fondly remembered

There were several stories told during Tom Baldwin’s memorial at Santa Ana Bowl on Sunday. Bobby Reyes told a poignant one, essentially Baldwin’s final thoughts.

Reyes, a former player of the longtime, beloved coach who worked at Santa Ana High, Santa Ana Valley and Costa Mesa, said Baldwin expressed a strong desire that he did not want to die in his final moments while battling effects from Parkinson’s disease.

Reyes did his best to ease his friend, telling him he had done enough, reminding him of all the lives he had touched. It was OK. And at 86 years old, Baldwin had done plenty, all that he could. Sunday was the perfect reminder of it all, his life, a man who was...

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