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John Seawand Baker

John Seawand Baker

Male 1923 - 2012  (89 years)

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  • Name John Seawand Baker 
    Born 22 Mar 1923  Elizabeth, NJ, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Jul 2012  Pasadena, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14323  Whitton
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Family Living 
    Children 
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    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F6295  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • a geologist and educator

      Name: John S Baker
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1950
      Street Address: 3606 Brunson av
      Residence Place: Midland, Texas
      Occupation: Geologist
      Spouse: Helene Baker
      Publication Title: Midland, Texas, City Directory, 1950

      Name: John S Baker
      Gender: M (Male)
      Residence Year: 1957
      Residence Place: Albuquerque, New Mexico
      Occupation: Geologist
      Spouse: Helene Baker
      Publication Title: Albuquerque, New Mexico, City Directory, 1957

      BAKER, John Seaward was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on March 22, 1923 and passed away in Pasadena, California on July 19, 2012. "Jack" was the only child of Joshua and Theodora Muldaur Baker. He attended Pingry School from age 6 to 18 with his lifelong friends, Clark "CMcK" Whittemore and Atherton "Toni" Bristol, and excelled in football, baseball, and basketball there. Jack studied geology at Princeton during WWII in an accelerated program and graduated in 1944. There he met Helene "Lany" Whitton, the daughter of a Princeton professor, and the two of them embarked on a remarkably devoted love affair. They married on December 22, 1946, and traveled about for Jack's work, from Louisiana to Texas, New Mexico to Wyoming, and finally settled in California in 1964. They raised three daughters, and Jack made sure his girls could field a baseball, sink a basket, raise a jib, whack a tennis ball, and run the 50-yard dash. Despite having no sisters and having gone to an all-boys school, he rose to the challenge of having a houseful of girls and always supported their music, drama, and dance endeavors. Jack was a fun "Grampa" who ran races with the grandkids (and won), told funny stories, and took everyone out for Chinese feasts.
      Jack was a generous, cheerful, optimistic, highly principled and unusually individualistic man. He never took himself or life too seriously, and kept a great sense of humor at the ready. He loved sailing, baseball, Persian rugs, hiking Mount Madonna, bike riding, Lany's cooking, and playing the stock market. After 30 years in oil exploration, Jack retired and he and Lany lived very happily for 31 years in charming San Luis Obispo, their little paradise. With his characteristic "what do you care what people think?" mentality, he enjoyed such diverse hobbies as mending Persian rugs, geneaology, collecting telephone pole insulators, smashing pennies on railroad tracks to make unique necklaces for his daughters, and studying antique coins. He enthusiastically started a second career at Old World Rugs, making dear friends of the Tavassoli and Cook families. Jack is survived by Lany, his wife of 65 years, his daughters Margaret, Katherine (Steve), and Mary (John), grandsons John Paul, Julian, and Lucca, and granddaughter Laura (Rudy), and dear friends Diane Hale and Jennie Hale Book. No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, please go to the beach, hike a mountain, or cheer at a baseball game. Remember Jack by never taking life too seriously, and always keep your eye on the ball.