David Steele Baker

August 1, 1927April 17, 2013

Dave was born in Dallas, Texas to Ernest and Lake Ann Baker and lived a full and wonderful life of 85 years surrounded by family and friends. Sixty-one of these years were spent in a waltz of life and love with his wife Fern, beginning when they met as students at the University of Texas and with whom he shared a final waltz during the anniversary dance at a wedding just four days prior to his death. In addition to his wife, Dave is survived by siblings Jane Strobel, and William Baker and wife Laura Mae; children, Rebecca Dekker and husband Jack, Martha Stiles and husband Mike, and Kenneth David Baker and wife Julie; grandchildren, Kyle Dekker and wife Amy, Kristen Dekker Wright, Katrina Dekker, Jennifer Stiles, Robert Stiles, Eric Baker and wife Amanda, Jeffrey Baker; and six great grandchildren.

Dave served two years in the Navy before earning a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He then began his career with the Atomic Energy Commission at the Hanford Nuclear facility in Richland, Washington followed by 23 years as an application engineer for General Electric in Schenectady, New York and Chicago, Illinois. Dave finished his career after 21 years as an electrical consulting engineer with Brown & Root in Houston, Texas. He held a professional engineering license in several states, was elected as a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and served many years on the committee responsible for revising and updating the industry standard Electrical Code Books. Dave was invited to be a visiting professor at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and taught in the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Dave was actively involved in the Boy Scouts, earning the highest rank of Eagle Scout as a youth and then serving for many years as a Scout Master and being inducted into the Order of the Arrow as an adult. He was actively involved in the church throughout his life; serving as an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church, assisting on the building and facilities committees of various churches, and participating in many other fellowship groups and activities. Dave has been an active volunteer with numerous organizations and especially enjoyed the time he spent as buyer for the Cenacle Retreat House bookstore for the last ten years. He had many hobbies which included woodworking, history, genealogy, photography, and spending quality time with family and grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate Dave’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on April 25, 2013 at Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church in Katy, Texas. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that gifts be given for a communion table to be constructed to compliment the cross which hangs in the church’s sanctuary that was lovingly designed and handcrafted by Dave. Please send any such gifts to Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church (memo: Communion Table Fund) at 6035 South Fry Road, Katy, Texas 77450.


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Bayard Wilson

May 10, 2013

David Baker was Troop 1 Owl Patrol leader in 1943.

Bayard Wilson

May 10, 2013

Condolences to family and friends of David Baker. We of Boy Scout Troop 1, Austin, Texas will miss our fellow scout as we recall our times together when we were young.

Becky Aguilar

April 24, 2013

Fern, It was a blessing to speak to Dave on Friday about the book order. Both Caesar and I are most grateful to have known Dave. He was very special. We are praying for you.

Jackie Rice

April 23, 2013

What an honor it was to know Dave and to share many stories and experiences in the GLPC Kitchen. Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

April 23, 2013

FERN: Mondays will never again be the same! You two made them very special for me. Together you ARE and ALWAYS will be a team and strong witnesses of God's unconditional love for life, faith and friends & stranger. Thursday I will be in Port Aransas with my family, but my heart and prayers will be with the two of you and your family and friends. Life will always be better because you and David found each other. God's blessings and peace to you, your family and all who had the privilege to know David and you together. Much love, Fr. Ed

Becky Dekker

April 22, 2013

Mom, I am looking forward to sharing memories of Dad with the rest of the family. It will help us remember all the good things that happened over the years. We will have tears and miss Dad greatly, but he will always be in our hearts. No one can take that away. Love you so much.

Linda Hand

April 22, 2013

Praying for you Fern! And for your family. Dave will be greatly missed. Love you!

Nancy Roberts

April 22, 2013

Dear Martha, Mike, Rob and Jenny, my thoughts and prayers have been lifted up for you this past week. We are sorry that we will not be able to attend the memorial service for your father, Martha, I'm out of town that day. But please know that you will be on my mind. This will be such a precious time of reflection on what your dear father meant to you. And I know this will be a moment in time that you will cherish for the rest of your life. So sorry for your loss and we love you very much.

Nancy & Terry Roberts

Glenn & Duana Sikes

April 22, 2013

Fern-We'll never forget the two of you as the last couple dancing at the Blalock's daughter's wedding reception. We love you both and miss Dave already. We are praying for you and your family.

Harry Hooker

April 22, 2013

I have known Dave for several years since my wife Rebecca and I started attending Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church. Dave was a great leader and was instrumental in the early and on going success of GLPC.
Dave and Fern are members of our Voyagers Sunday School class. Dave was always involved in the discussions we have and was an asset to our class.
Dave and I had a common interest in the Civil War. We had some interesting discussions about the Civil War and that terrible event so many years ago.
Dave will be missed but his legacy lives on. I am so happy I got to travel this road of life with him a bit.