James Michael “Mike” Baker, 72, of Baker City, OR passed away November 15, 2017 in Ontario, OR.
A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church in Baker City on November 19, 2017 at 3 pm with Pastor Katy Nicole of First Presbyterian officiating. Internment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery on November 20, 2017. Gray’s West & Co. handled the funeral arrangements.
Mike was born in Baker City to Ilah and James Baker on October 9, 1945. He graduated from Baker City High School in 1964. He went on to work at the family grocery store, Basche Sage Hardware, and later, the family antique shop. He bowled in several leagues and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church. A happy, social person who loved to interact with and tease his friends, he was a regular patron of the Oregon Trail Restaurant and other local establishments. He had an enormous love of sports, especially the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks. He was an adventurous international and local traveler, and adored his family.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents, James H. and Ilah M. Baker. Mike is survived by his sister Judith A. Baker of Baker City; niece Christine B. Haswell, her husband Stephen Zuk, and grandnephews Benjamin and Daniel Zuk of Lafayette CA; and niece Elizabeth S. Haswell, her husband Greg Jensen, and grandniece Maia C. Jensen of St. Louis, MO.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice in honor of Mike.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Henderson Hospice and Palliative Care Center for their support in his final days.