Granville Murry 'Jack' Baker
June 11, 1925, to August 10, 2012
Longtime Brooktrails resident Jack Baker died peacefully on Friday, August 10, 2012, in Seattle, Washington. Husband, father, brother, grandfather, neighbor and friend, Jack was loved and respected by all.
Born in Caldwell County, Texas, to Jesse Lee Baker and Mary Vann, Jack grew up on a farm in a small rural community. He and cousins, Garth and Clifton, were star athletes at Lockhart High School.
Enlisting in the U.S. Navy
in 1943, Jack's career as a pilot, flight instructor and administrator took him all over the world. While stationed at North Island, on Coronado, Jack met his wife, Patricia, whom he treasured throughout his life. They raised their family on coastlines in the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii and Southern California.
After his naval retirement, the family settled in Orange County.
Jack had a bachelor's degree from Tulane
University in political science/history and a MPA from Cal State Fullerton. He travelled extensively through Europe with Patricia. The library in their Brooktrails' dome home reflected their interests in world history, philosophy, antiquities, literature, astronomy and art.
They loved the Willits community and supported it through working for the Willits library.
Jack tenderly cared for Patricia through the debilitating illness that took her life in 1993. He continued as a library volunteer, and was a proud booster of the WHS Athletics Program, constantly encouraging young athletes.
A vigorous hiker, he knew every inch of Brooktrails.
Jack is survived by his sister, Betty Slentz; children Barbara Christian, Paula Hoffman and Mark Baker; grandsons Ross and Jesse Hoffman, and great-granddaughter Adah Hoffman; as well as beloved cousins, nephews and nieces.
Memorial donations may be made to the Friends of Willits Library, 390 E. Commercial St., Willits, CA 95490.
Please share your memories of Jack at http://memorialwebsites.legacy.com/buddybaker/homepage.aspx.