David Leonidase Baker was born on Aug. 20, 1938, in Braggs, Okla., and passed away March 11, 2017, in Fort Gibson, Okla.
David was raised at Camp Fred Darby in the Welling Community by his parents, Roger and Grace Baker. While attending Tahlequah High School, graduating in 1956, he joined the Army National Guard and went to serve for 12 years.
David attended college at Northeastern State College. He then began work in the oil and gas industry at Oklahoma Natural Gas as a laborer in 1957, about the same time that he married, Barbara Scott. They were wed in September 1957 at the Boy Scout Camp at his parents' home. David and Barbara raised their two daughters, Donna (Baker) Carter and Yvonne (Baker) Pride in Muskogee, Okla. David's career ended after 39 years at Oklahoma Natural Gas when he retired in 1996 as a transmission foreman.
Throughout his life, David had many hobbies he enjoyed. He loved to weld, hunt, and absolutely adored the rodeo scene. He began with bull riding and bare back horse riding. As the years went on, he became interested in calf roping. He was a member of the Fraternal Rodeo Association, Old Times Rodeo Association, and Fort Gibson Round Up Club. He and Barbara loved to travel with their rodeo friends, C.D. and Betty Mcguire.
David had been a member of Welling General Baptist Church and was currently attending at Crescent Valley.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Grace Baker; stepdad, James Haddock; sister, Sue Nell; and his son-in-law, John Carter.
David is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara Baker; two children, Donna Carter, and Yvonne Pride and husband David; six grandchildren, David Carter and his wife Becky, Jenny Brackett and her husband Jessie, Ben Graham and his wife Elise, Pandra Jackson and her husband JaRod, Donna Davis and her husband Dallas, and Taylor Deathridge and her husband Brooks; and great-grandchildren, Austen Carter, Ashlyn Carter, Baylor Carter, Cash Carter, Tanner Brackett, Addi Brackett, Penelope Graham, soon-to-be-born Vivienne Graham, Josiah Jackson, Preston Davis, and Harper Deathridge.
The family would like to thank all of the staff of Fort Gibson Nursing Home and Hometown Hospice.
Published on March 13, 2017