Michael Carl Baker
was born November 28, 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Marie (Schubert) and Michael David Baker and passed away April 5, 2014 in Tacoma, Washington. He attended Fishers Schools between 1948 -1958 and graduated from Noblesville High School in 1960. He received a B.S. an A.M.T. and an M.E.T degrees from Purdue University in 1969 in the Science of Mechanical Engineering. He joined the military and served as 1st Lieutenant in Germany from 1969 - 1972 in aviation maintenance.
Mike worked for several companies, including National Starch Co. in Indianapolis; Ross Gear in Lafayette, Indiana; John Deere in Iowa, Colorado, Washington, and Alaska. He owned American Metal Specialties in Tacoma which installed skylights and cable railing, retiring in 2010. He was also the landlord of some Anderson Island rental properties.
Mike's hobbies included biking, canoeing, kayaking, cross country skiing (learned in Germany), motorcycles, antique cars, dancing, flipping houses, sail boating, flying single engine planes, reading historical and investing books, bluegrass music festivals, and learning how to play the guitar.
He had active memberships in the Gig Harbor Sportsman Club, Model A Ford Club, Evergreen Muzzleloaders, Ft. Nisqually Re-enactors, Fraternal Order of Elks and Eagles, Puget Sound Treasure Hunters, NRA, USA Dance Club, Lakewood Computer Club, and the Tacoma Mountaineers. One of his greatest accomplishments was a Mt. Rainier ascent on July 22, 1979.
Mike was preceded in death by his brother, Curtis Alan Baker (d.2009, age 60) Fayetteville, NC.
Mike is survived by his sister, Susan Jeanne Baker and her husband, David Cayton of Perrysburg, Ohio, and their two daughters, Carrie Cayton and husband Sean Sullivan, and Catherine Glori Cayton and her son, Austin; sister-in-law, Brenda Baker and nephew Carl Alan Baker of Spring Lake, NC; cousin, Anne Schubert Waginger, her daughter Erika and husband Barry Goldberg and grandson Brice of Philadelphia, PA; and cousin, Claudia Ivy and husband David of Ferndale, Michigan.
Mike's wish was to be buried with his father at Memorial Gardens in Indianapolis. He truly enjoyed living the great Northwest with the beautiful mountains, water views, and scenic drives. Whenever anyone came to visit, Mike loved to show everyone what a wonderful place it was to live and work.
Please sign the guestbook at http://www.newtacoma.com. Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts, The Salvation Army, Ft. Nisqually, a local library, or
A celebration of Mike's life will be held after burial at 11 a.m. on July 12th, 2014 at the Memorial Park Cemetery on E. Washington St. in Indianapolis, Indiana. Arrangements: Flanner and Buchanan- Memorial Park .