Thomas J. Baker |

Thomas J. Baker

Thomas J. Baker passed away Feb. 20, 2006, at the age of 84. Tom was born Feb. 26, 1921, in Gainsville, Texas, to Thompsie Jefferson and Vesta Jane (Marr) Baker.Tom was an U.S. Air Force co-pilot in World War II. He flew C-47 airplanes and participated in D-Day on Omaha Beach, dropping paratroops behind enemy lines. After his divorce, he moved to Glenwood Springs and was in sales in Glenwood Ford for 15 years. In the early ’80s, Tom and his new wife, Pat, moved to Mesa, Ariz., where he resumed his career in car sales for another 20 years. Tom was a loving husband and a devoted father.Survivors include his beloved wife of 31 years; children Jeanette Baker, of Colorado Springs, Jackie Baker, of Springfield, Ill., and John Baker, of Colorado Springs; step-children Larry Evans, of Lake Forest, Calif., and Debi Evans, of Claremont, Calif.; four grandchildren; sisters Jane Thompson, Bette Merrill and Joyce Rushing, all of Springfield, Ill.A celebration of his life will be held in Glenwood Springs this summer.Contributions in his name may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 or Southland Collile Rescue, foster home of his beloved collie, Maya, 2020 Mission St., South Pasadena, CA 91130.

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