Lives Lived: Joseph Baker |

Lives Lived: Joseph Baker

Joseph Donald “Don” Baker, a longtime resident of Nevada City and Grass Valley, died on Thursday, Feb. 18, after a series of health challenges.

He was 84.

A memorial service will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Nevada City Elks Lodge.

Friends knew him as “Don” or “Joe.”

He was born on June 6, 1925, in Philipsburg, Kans.

Mr. Baker joined the Navy at 17 when World War II broke out, surviving the sinking of the battleship USS Cushing.

He moved to Nevada County with his family in 1960, and for years he was a member of and actively involved with several local organizations. Mr. Baker was a life member of the Nevada City Elks Lodge; and a member of American Legion, the Lions Club and Sierra Services for the Blind.

He was a life member of Nevada County Sportsmen’s Club and a past president. He co-founded the USS Cushing Association; was a member of the Kokanee Project; and a past member of Imperial Valley Hunting and Fishing In Arizona.

Mr. Baker worked for Nevada Irrigation District for 20 years and was the district’s purchasing agent at the time of his retirement on Jan. 14, 1983.

He was a good friend to many people in the community, helping when and where he could. When he was able to, he loved to fish, garden, travel and play golf. He loved having dogs in his life.

Mr. Baker is survived by Letha, his wife of 38 years; daughters, Donna Ackerman of San Diego, and Patty Baker of Santa Cruz; brother, Lowell Baker of Denver; and numerous nieces and nephews, whom he loved very much and thoroughly enjoyed when he got together with them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Ida (Stephens) Baker; sisters, Bernice Hogan and Malda Trachsel; and brothers, Chuck, Alfred and Rich Baker.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of his sister, Bertha Hogan.

Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.

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