Donald James Baker (1931 - 2014)

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Donald James Baker

Des Moines

Donald J. Baker, 83, was born April 3, 1931, to Leon and Eva Baker in Des Moines, Iowa. He passed away at Valley View Village in Des Moines on August 17, 2014.

Donald was a veteran of the United States Navy. He worked for National Traveler's Life Insurance as a printer for 20 years. Donald was a member of Staves United Methodist Church, USS Saipan CVL 48 Association, and a 50 year member of the Izaak Walton League of Des Moines. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with his family and friends.

Donald is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy; sons, Scott (Lisa) Baker and Greg (Deb) Baker; grandchildren, Beth (Andrea) Sanzani, Malinda (Aaron) Malcolm, Adam (fiancée, Ashley White) Baker, Shawna (Roger) Huston, and Bryan (Lauren) Baker; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kennedy, Brogan, Jillian, Noah, and Beckett. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Bonnie Baker.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Staves United Methodist Church, 2747 E. Madison Avenue in Des Moines, with a time of fellowship to follow. Private graveside services at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Staves United Methodist Church or the Valley View Village Men's Club in loving memory of Donald.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 19, 2014
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