Gerald Arthur Baker, 78, passed away peacefully in his home in Alvin on Monday December 4, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Dallas, TX on November 5, 1939 to Rube & Beatrice Baker. He met the love of his life, Phyllis Annette Rodgers in 1954 and married her in 1958, who stood beside him all these years and was bedside with him when he passed.
After serving in the Air Force and being stationed in one of the coldest places on earth (Iceland), he came back to warmer climates in Dallas, TX and worked in the Grocery industry. He soon managed several major grocery stores in the Dallas area for many years and then went into the food brokerage business.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife, three sons, seven grandchildren, one great grandson and one feathered friend who he adored.
He was a very devoted father who would spend his only weekend off from managing these large grocery stores to be a Boy Scout leader and take Pack 886 backpacking and camping on those weekends. The other spare time off, he spent being a baseball coach and trying to keep three boys in line.
His true mistress was the water as he had canoes very early in life and taught his family how to fish, run trot lines and how to shoot rapids on the Brazos River. Canoes turned into sailboats and eventually racing sailboats with his family on Grapevine Lake in North Texas.
He eventually sold his house in Garland, TX, and with his wife in tow, moved to the South Texas area, to fulfill a lifelong dream of living aboard a sailboat. He achieved that lifelong dream in 1987 as they bought and moved aboard a 41’ sailboat and lived in Kemah for many years. He eventually sold the sailboat and moved to Alvin Tx. His quick wit, dry sense of humor and his horribly corny jokes will be sorely missed by us all.