James Blaine Baker

James Blaine Baker, age 86, returned to his Heavenly Father while at home on June 10, 2013, after a long battle with lung cancer with his loving family by his side.

Born November 18,1926, he was preceded in death by: his parents, James M. Baker and Dona E. Blackett Baker; sisters, Glena, Delpha, Linda; brother, Bud: 2 sons, James and Melvin Baker.

Blaine married Peggy Turnage and raised a family of 7 children. Upon divorce he moved back to Utah in 1968 to live out the rest of his life. He met and married Donna Thompson and her 4 Children in 1971 He joined the US Navy at the age of 17 towards the end of WWII He worked in the ship building sheet metal trade until he came back to Utah for good. He retired from the sheet metal/air balance trades after 40 total years.

Blaine is survived by: his wife of 34 years, Donna; sister, Deon & Carl Peay; brother, John & Dot; daughter’s, Debbie Johnson of Newport News, VA; Kathy & Ronald Brame of Atlanta GA; Patti & Dan Leadbetter of Newport News, VA; Pamela Greenhalgh of Colinga CA; sons, John & Laura Baker of Hampton, VA; Jerry & Sharon Baker of Newport News, VA; Bart & Tina Greenhalgh of Olathe, CO; Douglas Greenhalgh of Payson, Ut; 25 Grandchildren: 28 great grandchildren and 7 great,great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 15, 2013, 11:00 a.m., in the Mtn. View 7th Ward Chapel, 681 East 500 North, Payson. Friends may call Friday, June 14, 2013, 6-8:00 p.m. at the Walker Mortuary, 587 South 100 West, Payson, and Saturday, 9:45-10:45 a.m., at the church. Burial will be in the Payson City Cemetery with military rites accorded by the American Legion, Dist. 4. 

The family would like to express special appreciation to A+Home Care & Hospice and nurses Bonnie Ballard and Cami Jensen.

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  1. Barbara Simonsen Sehestedt

    My prayers are with all of you. I remember Jim as almost another Dad when Kathy and I were best friends in the Newport News, VA Ward. I have fond memories of all you kids. I can remember being at your house as if it was yesterday. I was so happy to see Jim when he moved to Utah. He would come to Emery to visit my Dad (Waldo Simonsen) and Mom (Ann Simonsen). He and Dad had been in the bishopric together and were very close friends all their lives. I’m sure there is a lot of talking going on “upstairs” as they reunite. My love to you all.

  2. Linda Thompson Coltes

    To the Baker Family,

    Please know that we are thinking of you as you go through this time of grief in your life. Having just gone through it 1 1/2 years ago with my own dad, I understand the feeling and empathize with you all so very much.

    Our family dearly loved your dad so much and he will always be a memorable figure in my mind. I can see him so clearly right now when he was in the Bishopric standing at the podium in a black suit. What a good man and a fine example.

    May you all be comforted during this time of grief. Please know that your dad is in good hands and is with family and friends who love him of and will always love him.

    May you know of our family’s love for the Baker Family and the original Newport News Ward.

    Love to you all and many condolences to you all.

    Linda Thompson Coltes (and Ron) and Grace Thompson

  3. Carole Ann Mc Adams Burrahm

    Dear Sister Baker, Debbie, Kathy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Brother Baker’s passing. I have very few memories of the Newport News Branch and then ward that your family is not part of! I spent many Sunday afternoons with you, Kathy, my dear childhood friend, in the joy and love that I felt in your home. I pray that the peace of the gospel will be with you all at this time and the knowledge that you will be together again will help ease the pain of loss. I do know that there was another great and joyful reunion of the Newport News ward members in paradise on the day he joined his dear friends, like my Dad and Mother, there.

    My love to you all,
    Carole Ann McAdams Burrahm