John Vernon Baker, 85, died on Feb. 5, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nev., of natural causes.
John was born July 25, 1934 in Cambridge, Ohio, to Leonard and Ruth Baker of Redondo Beach. He was the third child and moved to California as a young boy. He grew up in the Redondo Beach area.
John was a man of many talents. From work in custom wood designs, carpentry, a mechanic for Kaiser Steel in Eagle Mountain, to transportation engineer for Jonbec Adult Day Care. He also worked transporting disabled adults in Yucaipa.
He was a very active member of the American Legion Post #106 in Redlands. Upon moving to Yucaipa, John became an active member in the Fraternal Order of Eagle Aerie #4199 where he served as president.
He was the Yucaipa Volunteer of the Year in 2004.
After moving to Lake Havasu city, Ariz., John became a very active member of the Moose Lodge #2269, where he served as governor until his health would let him serve no more.
John is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Bertna Grey and Betty Richardson, brother Paul “Bud” Baker and second wife Myrna Baker.
John is survived by his fiancé Donna Barnes of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., brother Neil “Pete” Baker and his wife Gwen of Huntington Beach, first wife Ann Kendrick, son Gorden Baker and his wife Sherry of Choctaw, Okla., daughters Marie Cooley and her husband Dale of Yucaipa, Rhonda Gonzales and her husband Larry, Julie Baker of Apple Valley, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, along with countless other family members and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at American Legion Post #426, 12167 California St. in Yucaipa on March 29 at 2 p.m.
All are welcome to come and celebrate his life.