Nov. 18, 1945 Espanola Rio Arriba County New Mexico, USA
Apr. 3, 2011 Raton Colfax County New Mexico, USA
Donald Ellsworth Baker, 65, of Raton, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011, in Raton. He was born Nov. 18, 1945, in Espaņola, the son of Jack and Mamie (Peabody) Baker. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Donald lived a life of service to his country, family and his beloved state. Enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965, he served as a rifleman during a tour of duty in Vietnam and later as an amphibious trainer at Camp Pendleton, Calif. In 1971, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force and completed assignments as a medical lab technician serving at military postings in Texas, Alaska, Missouri, New Mexico, before retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1991. During his military career, Donald was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in Vietnam and three Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, among others. Upon retirement, he returned to New Mexico and continued another 14 years of public service with the State of New Mexico at Miners' Colfax Medical Center, retiring in 2008.
Donald's love of country was fueled by his love for his family. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Marilyn, in 1966, they raised two sons. Amid the bustle of military assignments, he worked hard to sustain them and pass on values of honor, duty, and love of country. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling to visit his grandchildren in Washington D.C. and Ft. Walton Beach. In his last years, he worked to lovingly restore his 1927 Buick, a gift from his wife. He is a member of the Air Sergeant's Association and the Buick Club of America.
Donald is survived by his wife Marilyn of the home; sons Michael Edward Baker and wife Lidia of University Park, Md., and Mark Christopher Baker and wife Caridad of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; sister Ellen Stevens and husband Ken of Pueblo, Colo.; brothers Herman Baker and wife Valerie of Pueblo, Colo.; Keith Baker and wife Tina of Ogden, Utah; Elmer Baker and wife Georgia of Alexandria, Va.; and two grandchildren, Isabella and Emma Baker.
Memorial services will be Sunday, April 10, at 11 a.m. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment will be Monday April 11, at 2:15 p.m. at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Donald E. Baker are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.