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John David Raker Sr.


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John David Raker Sr. Obituary
JOHN DAVID RAKER SR. John David Raker Sr. of Gerber Ca. passed away on June 8th, 2018. John was born on Oct. 16, 1939 and was 78 years old. Born in Los Angeles, Ca John moved to Humboldt County. He graduated from Eureka High School in 1958 and went on to serve in the United States Navy until 1961. At that time he was married to Betty Cleavland and had two daughters. John returned to Humboldt County after his service in the Navy and eventually went to work for Hilficker Pipe Company. He was later transferred to their Sacramento facility. John spent many years as a truck driver which took his then wife Marie Watkins and their sons to live in many locations. They settled in Corning Ca. where John worked for Embry & Stokes as a truck driver and a dispatcher for 20 years. He was then employed by Traynham Trucking as a Field Rep and Truck Boss for 10 years and retired from Trynham in 2014. John had a passion for the outdoors. Of all his outdoor activities his most loved was driving his jeep off road and camping. "Camp" near Susanville Ca. was where he and his family would spend so much time together year after year. His children and grandchildren will treasure many memories of their time with him riding in or on a jeep, shooting guns, and sitting around a camp fire. John is servived by his daughters, Silva Raker and Victoria Raker. His son Royce Raker, his son John Raker and wife Angel. His stepson Les Bestul and wife Sheri. Also his grandchildren John Vinton, Rocco, Michael, Aaron, Danielle, Royce, Jordyn, Elsa, Isabella, Nick, Blake and Ruby. Also many great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held July 7th at 4pm at Lasson Steak House, 4945 OR-99E, Vina, Ca Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on July 1, 2018
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