Gary Leo Baker, passed from the scenes of this life Wednesday October 31, 2018 in Amarillo, Texas. He was born November 21, 1939, in Topeka, Kansas to Leo Walter and Willa Mae Baker. He was raised in the Kansas City, Missouri area and graduated from East High School in 1957. He joined the Air Force in March of 1962. He joined the military to see the world, and got to see San Antonio and Amarillo where he met the love of his life Lora Beth Mariner. They married in April of 1963.
Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday November 3, 2018, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Elder James Baker, pastor of the Borger Primitive Baptist Church, and Elder Trey Collier pastor of the Gulf Coast Primitive Baptist Church officiating.
He was a member of the Amarillo Primitive Baptist Church, and He was ordained as a deacon and served the church until his health would not allow him, but remained faithful to His Lord until the day he died.
He worked for Santa Fe Railroad, Bell Helicopter and Southwestern Bell Telephone and retired in 1995 after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He was a great inspiration to many folks who were stricken with the same disease and counseled them to fight the good fight. Much of his talent was centered around music, he was a concert pianist and vocalist. He played piano for a great number of weddings, family functions, and played professionally for over 40 years.
Survivors include his wife Lora Beth of Amarillo, a sister, Mary Price and husband Bill of Raytown, Missouri, three children; James and wife Becky of Amarillo, Matthew and wife Stacey of Amarillo, Marina Collier and her husband Trey of Pearland, Texas, two foster children; Nancy Fudge and her husband Ron of Divide, Colorado, and son Jesse Morales of Amarillo, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren, a host of cousins, family and friends.
The family suggests memorials be to the Ussery Roan Texas State Veterans Home or the Amarillo Primitive Baptist Church. We the family will forever be in debt to the staff at Ussery Roan and Interim Hospice for their love and great care for him.
The private interment will be at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Amarillo.
The family will receive visitors at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home 2800 Paramount in Amarillo Friday evening November 2, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.