Edward L. Baker Jr., 82, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Fort Worth. He suffered a stroke in 2006 and colon cancer in January 2013. He was an incredibly strong man who fought a courageous battle. Funeral: 3 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Fort Worth. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baylor All Saints Hospital or Cook Children's Hospital. Edward was from a fourth-generation family in Fort Worth and graduated from Carter-Riverside High School. During high school he worked at Baker Brothers nursery, which his grandfather started in 1887. After high school, Edward attended and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in landscape architecture. Edward was a member of the Silver Keys, Phi Delta Theta and ROTC. After graduating from Texas Tech, he built homes, warehouses and went into the grain business. He became the president of the Fort Worth Jaycees and voted Outstanding Man of the Year. During his time as Jaycee president, he conducted 147 civic projects and was given the George O. Wilson award. He was proud to serve and be a part of the community. Edward was also proud of his family history with the First United Methodist Church. He spent many years as an usher and dedicated member. He also served two years as a lieutenant in the Air Force. In 1970 he started breeding and racing thoroughbred and quarter horses at his ranch in Weatherford. His sire, "Heisanative," was the fastest running son of "Raise a Native" and sired numerous champions. Other studs of his sired champions both in the United States and in Venezuela. Edward won numerous awards, including Breeder of the Year for many years and had one of the largest horse breeding operations in the country. He took pride in his yearly sales at the Baker Ranch and Will Rogers Coliseum. After horse racing, Edward focused on his industrial developments, traveling to many wonderful places with his friends and family and playing cards and golf with the "gangsome" at Shady Oaks Country Club. He was a sweet loving husband, father and grandfather and will be forever missed. Special thanks goes out to Edward's "Angels on Earth": Monica Byrd, Donnisha Bunting, Pat Diggs, Courtney Pointer and Faye Williams. There are not enough words to express the gratitude the Baker Family feels for each of you and your authentic sense of care and presence were unparalleled and we love you. We would also like to thank the many gracious and gifted hands and hearts at Baylor All Saints Medical Center. Survivors: Loving wife, Barbara Baker; sons, Christopher E. Baker and wife, Ashley, and Dr. Edward Lawrence Baker III and wife, Darla; daughters, Pamela Moore and husband, Bob, and Dr. Kimberly Baker; grandsons, Christopher E. Baker Jr., Braden F. Baker and Matthew Baker; granddaughters, Valerie Baker, Sheri, Lauren and Lexanne Holshouser, Michelle and Rachael Moore, and Chelsea Kirkland; sisters, Lou Martin and husband, Nick, and Kay Acola; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.