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Baker, Jr., Forrest G.

September 22, 1925 –
 April 26, 2015


Forrest Grant Baker, Jr., was born September 22, 1925, in Tipton, Iowa, and he passed away April 26, 2015, at The Forum at Park Lane in Dallas, TX.  His parents were Forrest Grant Baker and Irma Ruth Gillette. He was eight when his father died and his  mother married Charles Crawford. In 1943 he graduated from high school and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corps.

After a 3-year stint in the Army Air Corps Forrest was separated with the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He finished his college years at Cornell  College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and the State University of Iowa at Iowa  City, Iowa, graduating with an M. S. in geology. In 1949 he married his childhood sweetheart, Phyllis Lucile Bolton, and was soon hired by the Atlantic Refining Company as a trainee geophysicist. His work with ARCO for more than 30 years was very interesting because it involved the evaluation of many exploratory wells. His travels took him to off-shore wells in the Gulf of Mexico, off the California coast, in the Arctic Ocean, the Aleutian Islands, and other places in Alaska. He was fortunate enough to be assigned to work the discovery well of the Prudhoe Bay Field, which is the largest oil field in North America.  He retired from ARCO in 1985.

He enjoyed the following years by doing volunteer  woodwork at University Park United Methodist Church, serving in the church library, volunteering  at the Dallas Museum of Natural History, and delivering Meals on Wheels.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-sisters Norene Schilling, Edith Glidden, and Eva Lu Murrison; and his brother John Crawford.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Lucile Bolton Baker; their 3 daughters Kathryn Elizabeth Baker Kennedy, Judith Ann Baker Barnes, and Christine Ruth Baker; his sister, Patricia Sue Crawford; a son-in-law, Jay Cooper Barnes; and two grandsons and their wives: Grant Baker Barnes (DeSay) and Charles Galen Barnes (Kim).

A memorial service will be held at University Park United Methodist Church Friday at 3:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to University Park United Methodist Church, 4024 Caruth Blvd., Dallas, TX 75225, or to a charity of your choice.


 Arrangements under the direction of:

ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75238

    Damon Dukes
    29 Apr 2015

    His daughter Kathren (Kitty) is my neighbor and close friend now for the last 10 years and I have heard many life stories concerning her father, all his accomplishments, life lessons he taught etc. and finally got to meet him 4 to 5 years ago. What a great man as I can see so much of him in Kitty. I am so sorry for his loss. It is painful to suffer such a great loss, but a blessing to know you were part of this mans life here on earth. He looks from above in peace waiting for the day he reunites with his loved ones.

    Bill & Gerry Fuqua
    29 Apr 2015

    Oue sincerist condolences.He was a true gentleman.

    Joe and Connie Thimpson
    29 Apr 2015


    Keeping your family in our prayers.

    Bing and LieNie Poh
    29 Apr 2015

    Our deepest love and sympathy for the family. We will remember Forrest not only as a gentleman, but also as a gentle man, with a dry sense of humor. We will miss him.

    Devon Caldarera
    29 Apr 2015

    I was very sad to learn of Forrest Baker’s passing. He was the father of one of my best and oldest friends, Christy Baker. The Baker family. So many fond memories dating back to early 1970s. I hold the entire family in my heart, as I know that their strong and loving bond along with their faith in God will help them navigate this loss.

    Gene Ballay
    25 Jul 2017

    I knew Forrest when I worked at Arco, and kept in touch with him for many years, after he retired and I transferred to SE Asia. He was well known as having worked the Prudhoe Bay Discovery well, and yet remained friendly and open with younger employees (something which does not always happen). In short, he was a REALLY NICE GUY, AND WILL BE MISSED.

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