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Kenneth Baker | 1936-2021

  • Wed Feb 24th, 2021 11:13am
  • Life

Kenneth Frank Baker of Friday Harbor, Washington, died in his home of a heart attack on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. He was 84. He was born May 10, 1936, in Lewiston, Idaho, the third son of four children of Marvin and Marguerite Baker. He is survived by his wife Dorothy of 62 years, three children: David of Snohomish, Washington; Susan Holman and her husband John of Ephrata, Washington; and Laura Jones and her husband Steve of Bellevue, Washington. He is also survived by his sister Marlene Michael and her husband Irvin of St. John, Washington; Virginia Baker of Twain Harte, California; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ralph and Audrey Lawrence of Boise. He also has five grandsons and three great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

His years of education included elementary and high school in Caldwell, Idaho before graduating from UCLA with a degree in music education. He later obtained a degree in music performance from the University of Idaho where he played in the music faculty brass quintet. That quintet also performed in his master’s recital.

Music was a large part of Ken’s life. He taught music in the public schools in the early part of his career and also instructed many private students throughout the course of his working life. He played in the pit orchestra for many musicals both in Lewiston and Friday Harbor. He was also a member of the Gentlemen of Note playing trombone in Lewiston.

During Ken’s working years he worked in insurance and spent a number of years as a circulation supervisor for the Spokesman Review of Spokane. The final four years before his retirement he taught private music lessons to a large number of students.

Ken and Dorothy retired in Lewiston in 1996 and moved to Friday Harbor. They maintained an active life with the church and the community theatre. They were devoted to each other and spent the last 25 years doing most things together. Ken is greatly missed by his family. Those who knew him will remember him as a kind and gentle man.

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