"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
On Saturday morning, the 7th day of February, a member of the "Greatest Generation" and a true Patriot, Aubrey Malcomb "Coach" Baker, went to be face to face with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We know because of his Faith alone in Christ alone, he now has "no more pain and no more sorrow, the old things are passed away." Because of his belief in Jesus Christ, Coach now resides in that wonderful place called Heaven.
Coach was born on January 12th, 1926 to Alice and Frank Baker, in Bay City, Texas. He was a natural athlete in track and field and basketball, but his greatest passion was football. He was Captain of the Bay City Black Cats in their winning season of 1944. After graduation, Coach enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 29th, 1944. This small town boy was leaving his family and sweetheart, Dorothy, to uphold his duty in securing our nation’s freedom in WWII. After boot camp in San Diego, Coach was assigned to the Attack Transport Vessel, the U.S.S. Pitt, where he manned Landing Craft for troop transport. The Coach participated in the evacuation of Iwo Jima and the invasion of Okinawa, and actually landed on Japan.
After the War, Coach returned home and married Dorothy Craft on June 12, 1946. A son, Michael Lane, was born on April 11, 1947. As a young family, Coach and Dorothy settled in Houston, Texas, living on the University of Houston Campus, while Coach played football for U. of H., and earned his degree. He then moved his family to Galena Park, where he coached football and finally settled in Galveston where he found great happiness coaching at Kirwin High School. Many of his students remain friends to this day. During this time a daughter was born, Andrea Renee, on July 19th, 1957. Coach later worked for Falstaff for 25 years, and then UTMB, where he retired with Dot, in 1992, to spend time with family and friends and his love of golf.
As his family and friends mourn his passing, we know God’s plan and His timing is perfect. Coach Baker was taken from this earth at the appointed time, and we have absolute confidence that he is in the hands of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We believe as the Apostle Paul said "for me to live is Christ, to died is profit."
Coach is preceded in death, by his wife Dorothy, his parents, Alice and Frank Baker, a sister Inez and husband Bunker Schulz, sister, Janice Fulton, and sister-in-law, Maidelle Yates. Those who will always have the sweet fragrance of his memory in their hearts are his children; Michael Lane and wife Irene; Andrea Renee Gossett and husband Chuck; his brothers, Frank Baker Jr. and his wife Tommy; D.K. Baker and his wife Jo Ann; sister, Janet Gilbert and her husband Gerald; brother-in-law Tommy Yates, and brother-in-law, John Fulton; grandchildren, Mark Williams and wife Terri; Dr. Michael Baker Jr. and wife Carrie; Kellie Hill and husband Brad, and Allison Baker; great grandchildren, Sean and Kelly Williams; Joshua and David Hill; Sam Houston and Zoe Baker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Coach’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 to 7:00pm, Tuesday, February 10th, and the funeral service will be Wednesday, Feb. 11th at 11:30 am. Both will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 5127 Ave. U, Galveston, Texas. Chuck Gossett will officiate.
A second funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, Feb.12th at First Presbyterian Church, 2216 Ave. H, Bay City, Texas, with Chuck Gossett officiating. Military burial will follow the service at Cedar Vale Cemetery in Bay City.
Pallbearers will be E.J. Bell, Dave Thomas, Bill Mitchell, Ray Molina, Harold Elenbaas, Joe Gonzales, Denis Hatherill, and A.C. Davis. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bruce Van Lerberghe, Frank Baker Jr, and D.K. Baker.