Douglas Lantz Baker passed away Sunday, August 22, 2021, surrounded by his family.
Memorial services are Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 1:00 pm, at First Baptist Church, 1200 9th St., Wichita Falls, Texas.
Doug graduated from Hirschi High School, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Midwestern State University in 1976.
Doug joined the Wichita Falls Police Dept. in 1977, at the age of 24, and worked as police officer while also obtaining a Master of Arts degree from Midwestern State University in 1979.
Doug then pursued law school, obtaining his J.D. from Texas Tech School of Law in 1982, and was licensed to practice law in all Texas Courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Doug went back into public service after law school, working as a Wichita County Assistant District Attorney, before going into the private sector, where he practiced both criminal defense and civil litigation for over twenty years.
Doug’s many accomplishments and contributions during his life include helping found Patsy’s House, a child advocacy center in Wichita Falls, Texas; serving on numerous civic organizations and boards; and becoming a published author.
Doug continued practicing law, representing indigent criminal defendants, until his death
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Dr. Brenda J. Baker.
Doug leaves behind two sisters, Roxanne Burleson and Alice Baker; a brother Andrew Baker; a daughter, Brittney Paige Baker; a son William Douglas “Rocky” Baker and daughter-in-law Tayler Baker; a son Tyler Reece Baker; and two grandsons, Jaxton Drew Baker and Brixton Blaine Baker, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, who will miss him dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Patsy’s House in his honor at https://patsyshouse.org/.Read More