Obituary: Carl Baker |

Obituary: Carl Baker

Services for lifetime resident of Nevada City Carl E. Baker will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Mr. Baker died Saturday, Dec. 29, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He was 86.

Born May 16, 1915, to Edward and Jane Sandow Baker, Mr. Baker attended Blue Tent Elementary School, graduated from Nevada City High School in 1932, and attended Mount St. Mary’s Business School and Sacramento Junior College.

After college, he worked at local mines including the Ziebright, Murchie and Lava Cap. On Nov. 24, 1940, Mr. Baker married Elma Eden in Nevada City.

During World War II, he worked at a copper mine in Siskyou County and later served in the U.S. Army. After the war, he worked at Glenbrook Gas, later Van Gas. He retired in 1977 from Suburban Propane.

Mr. Baker was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 13 in Nevada City and the Grass Valley Sportsmen’s Club, was a coach and leader of Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, and was a volunteer and fire chief in Nevada City.

He loved deer hunting, flyfishing and pinochle games at Weaver Lake Lodge. Until recently, he played horseshoes regularly with friends in Nevada City. The Bakers traveled widely.

He is survived by his wife, Elma; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Kay Baker, and Keith and Anne Baker, all of Nevada City; grandchildren, John, Richard, Steven, Elizabeth and Matthew Baker and Kathryn Baker Boswell; step grandchildren, Jori and Amy McLeran; great-grandchildren, Adam, Miles, Theo, Eden and Avery Baker and Baker Boswell; step great-grandchildren, Taylor Ann, Hayden, Abigail and Christian McLeran; sister, Dorothy Hamilton of Auburn, and numerous nieces and nephews.

His sister, Alberta Baker May, died in 1985.

Memorial contributions can be directed to the Nevada City Firefighters Association or Nevada County Historical Society Railroad Museum Fund.

Services are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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