Frederick J. Baker passed away Sunday, December 26, 2010, at home with his family at his side. He was born May 12, 1931, in New Haven, Conn., but was raised and educated in Medford, Ore.
After his tour of duty in Korea and Japan, he attended Southern Oregon College where he met his wife, Carol Lee Hamilton. They were married on April 26, 1953. Fred served in the U.S. Air Force for three and a half years, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star while serving in Korea. Fred retired following twenty-eight years as an air traffic control specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration. He was an avid fly fisherman and, in years past, enjoyed classic car restoration. He was also instrumental in organizing the Sunriver Anglers scholarship for post-graduate freshwater fisheries students. The scholarship was later named the Fred Baker Scholarship due to his dedication to the cause.
Fred is survived by his wife, Carol; daughters, Debby (Alan) Svitack, Kathleen (David) Culbertson and Ricci (Steven) O'Brien; and honorary son, Mark (Carol) Richerson; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 1, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., at Perl Funeral Home, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, OR., 97504.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Fred Baker Scholarship Fund through the Sunriver Anglers, P.O. Box 4273, Sunriver, OR., 97707.