On May 14, 2014, Claude Culver Baker, beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away. He is survived by his son Dennis Baker of Alemeda, CA, daughter Jill Vickers, son-in-law Jimmy Vickers, grandchildren Ryan White and Tracy Vickers of Biloxi, MS, son Jay Baker, daughter-in-law Kitty Baker, grandchildren Ian Baker, Ashley Bennett and Matthew Bennett, and great grandson Jakob Saucier of Metairie, daughter Pamela Baker, son-in-law Darrell Saltamachia, grandchildren Andrew Saltamachia and Sydney Saltamachia of Baton Rouge and sister Jeanne Baker. He is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years Betty Marquette Baker, grandson Nicholas Claude Saltamachia, parents Claude L. Baker and Gladys Culver Baker. Claude was a lifelong resident of New Orleans until hurricane Katrina when he moved to Baton Rouge to be close to family. He was a retired geologist for Mobil Oil and a veteran of the Air National Guard. He graduated from LSU and was an avid Tiger fan, Saints fan and loved golf. He firmly believed and lived by the Golden Rule, constantly said, "It's not worth doing, if you don't do it right" and "If you don't have anything good to say about someone, don't say anything at all". His son-in-law Darrell dubbed him, "the first rapper" because of his talk/sing renditions of "Saturday Night Fish Fry" and "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette". A good friend once said, "Claude is so honest he doesn't even cheat at golf". He will be missed.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from May 16 to May 18, 2014