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Paul Baker

January 13, 1919 - December 26, 2013


Paul BakerPaul was born January 13, 1919, in Oklahoma City, ­Oklahoma, and moved to California where he served as a Friends pastor for over 60 years, beginning in the late 1940s in San Diego, California, then other California churches in Capay ­Rancho (near Chico) and El Modeno (now Orange) before ­moving to Salem, Oregon, in 1963. In Oregon and Washington he served at Pringle (now South Salem), Metolius, McKinley Hill (Tacoma), Medford, and Rosedale, and finally as an ­associate with Ken VandenHoek at Sherwood. He also served as an interim pastor for a short time at a church plant in Boise, Idaho. In his eighties he developed Alzheimer’s and heard the Lord say to him, “Paul, retire!” ­Otherwise he might have ­continued to work until he dropped.

Paul worked at Twin Rocks Friends Camp from 1980-84, and served as an elder at Netarts Friends Church nearby, where his son Jerry Baker is pastor.

Paul was an encourager and a mentor to many. He loved to visit people who were sick or whose age kept them home. Above all he was a man of prayer who knew the Lord intimately and saw many amazing answers. His own father died when Paul was 6, but he knew God as his Father and usually began his prayers “Father....”

Paul is survived by one son, Jerry Baker, of Netarts, Oregon, and three daughters: Carol (Warren) Leisi of Asotin, Washington; Laura (Lee) Clowers of McMinnville, Oregon, and Ann (Bill) Parker of Hood River, Oregon. He also had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family members. The widow and children of his brother Forest Baker live in Texas and ­California.

A memorial service will be held at Sherwood Community Friends Church on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Northwest Yearly ­Meeting of Friends (200 N. Meridian, Newberg) for missions, or to Friendsview Retirement Community, where he was treated with such love and kindness in his old age.