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Douglas Lantz Baker

Wichita Falls, Texas

Dec 21, 1952 – Aug 22, 2021 (Age 68)


December 21, 1952
August 22, 2021
Wichita Falls, Texas


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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

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I remember Doug always doing whatever was necessary to take care of his younger sisters and ensure they were happy. One of the best memories is when he drove his dad’s old Willis Jeep in a Vacation Bible school parade for Eden Hills Baptist Church while Alice and I sang a made up tune and threw bubble gum to kids along the route!
Doug always loved helping others, and did do throughout his lifetime.

Prayers for courage, strength, peace and comfort for his family and friends as...

I always appreciated Doug’s support of Patsy’s House. Sending my prayers to his loved ones and family members.

Doug was a good friend and will be missed.

I went thru the police academy with Doug in 1974. We worked the streets
Many years before I moved on. He was a great officer and good guy. I'm sure he was a great attorney.
Doc Holliday.