Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our brother, Rev. Frederick Baker, died on December 15, 2020.
Fred began his ministry in 1957 serving the following California churches in our Conference: Tipton, San Joaquin, and Calwa in Fresno. He then served churches in the Rocky Mountain and the Nebraska Conferences, returning to the California-Nevada Conference in 1969 to serve the Fallon and Lovelock churches in Nevada. From 1975 to 1979 he worked as an insurance agent for Equitable Life Assurance Society. Then in 1979 he returned to local church appointments serving the Lemoore, Los Banos, Kernville, and Rio Linda churches in California until his retirement in 1997.
Brother Fred loved music and traveling. His family shares that among his fondest hours were those he spent at either Vesper concerts or Texas Tech University Music Department events. He also loved, “hitting the open road” in his motorhome creating treasured memories.
Pastor Fred carried on an active ministry of helping people celebrate their marriages in a unique and personal way. He always took the time and care to write original and creative ceremonies, tailored to each couple in celebration of their own special love for each another. It was no surprise that he become known as the “Wedding Pastor.” In his retirement he moved to Lubbock, TX where he became active at First UMC of Lubbock. He took great joy in participating in the “Helping Hands” ministry at this church that welcomed and supported him throughout the rest of his life.
Fred is survived by his wife, Suzann Webb Baker, and by his children, Katy Baker of Lubbock, Texas, “Charlie” Pankowski of Bullhead City, Arizona, Bob Baker of Sun Valley, Nevada, and stepdaughter Deborah Clark of Folsom, California, by 8 grandchildren and by 17 great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his previous wife of 37 years, Carolyn Baker in 2012. Condolences may be sent to Suzann Webb Baker at 3309 45th Street, Lubbock, TX 79413.
A memorial service was held for Rev. Baker at First UMC Lubbock, Texas on December 21, 2020, which may be viewed online at https://memorialdesigners.net/obituary/fred-baker/
Gifts in memory of Fred may be sent to Friends of Music at First United Methodist Church, 1411 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401.
Let us continue to give God thanks for Fred’s life and witness and hold his family close in prayer. In our living and in our dying, we belong to God! (Romans 14:8)
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
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