John L. Baker

By From page A2 | October 12, 2012

John Baker

May 25, 1933 — Oct. 4, 2012

John L. Baker, 79, was born in Vallejo, Calif., on May 25, 1933, to Milton P. Baker and Mae M. Baker. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 42 years, Mary Lou Baker. He is survived by his three children, Cathy Reyes of Roseville, Calif., Scott Baker of Shingle Springs, Calif., and Todd Baker of Brimfield, Ill. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The youngest of six brothers and sisters, John faced adversity growing up when his mother passed when he was the young age of 7. He went on to lead a very successful life providing for his loving wife and children. He served in the Air Force as a surveillance camera specialist in the Korean War. Upon returning he married his high school crush Mary and they moved to Citrus Heights to work at McDonnell Douglas and later the Sacramento Army Depot, where he retired after 42 years of service.

John and Mary built the home of their dreams in Shingle Springs in 1963, where they continued to live until their passing. A true craftsman, John possessed tremendous talent for building and fixing anything and will be missed by many for his abilities and insights. From his cars to hand-made tractor, backhoe and furniture for the home, he had a passion for engineering and working with his hands until shortly before his death.

Services will be held at Chapel of the Pines in Placerville, Calif., on the Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. A visitation will commence at 9 a.m. Donations can be made in John’s honor to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be posted at


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