Richard Dale Baker Jr.September 16, 1943 ~ May 25, 2017 (age 73)
Richard “Dick” Baker of Danville, CA peacefully passed away after a 16 month courageous battle against cancer. Richard Dale Baker, Jr. was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to Richard D. Baker, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Abbott-Baker, and was raised in Seattle, Washington. He started playing golf at the age ten and received a golf scholarship to Seattle University where he enrolled in the ROTC program and received his undergraduate degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, he trained at Fort Benning, Georgia as a member of the Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. He served in Vietnam as a First Lieutenant and was decorated with the Purple Heart. Dick remained a passionate supporter of wounded veterans for the rest of his life.
Upon his return from Vietnam, Dick attended graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received a Master’s Degree in Business.
In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Dick led three large home building companies in Northern California. He spent almost 20 years as CEO of Ponderosa Homes doing what he did best: creating homes and neighborhoods of distinction throughout the Bay Area.
Dick is survived by the love of his life, best friend and wife of 36 years, Jan L. Baker of Danville, his two children, Joseph Baker and Dana Baker of Aptos, CA, his sister, Barbara Hoelle-Baker of Washington State, his Father and Mother-in-Law, Jack & Sharon Frederick of Stockton, CA, Jan’s five siblings & spouses, and the many nieces and nephews he adored.
Next to his love of golf and his passion for building homes, his extended family brought him his most joy. In fact, Jan’s Grandfather mistakenly called him “Bill” for many years because he always “picked up the check”. His generosity, courage, loving spirit and sense-of-humor will be forever missed by everyone.
Family, friends and associates are invited to come together for a Celebration of Life which will be held at Diablo Country Club, 1700 Club House Road in Diablo, on July 11 from 2-4 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to:
·HomeAid Northern California (www.homeaidnc.org)
·The CHF Richard D. Baker Scholarship Endowment (www.mychf.org)
·the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).