James William Baker
November 23, 1956 - June 1, 2021
A Life Well Lived!
James William Baker passed away from esophageal and liver cancer on June 1, 2021, surrounded by a loving family. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 23, 1956, to Donald Arthur Baker and Laura Mecham. He married his high school sweetheart on June 4, 1976. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple on July 10, 1982. He met Rick Bennet in his church ward and went to work for him as an apprentice jeweler and became a fantastic jeweler.
Jim and Lorna bought their honeymoon cottage in Midland, Utah, but when they came to Seattle in 1977 on vacation, they decided to stay. Jim was offered jobs his first day looking and he spent the next several years here as a jeweler. He later was offered a job at Boeing and spent the next 34 years there, still doing jewelry on the side and was affectionately known as the “jewelry man”.
He was great at repairing cars and taught his children how to hunt the junkyards for parts. He loved camping, fishing and his annual hunting and camping trips with his son Ken. He loved to travel and go on cruises. Jim just retired on June 5 and was looking forward to visiting every state in the US and possibly moving to St George, Utah.
Jim and Lorna raised a beautiful family with tons of loving memories. Jim is survived by his loving wife Lorna, their four children Kenneth (Debra), Laura Elizabeth (Sheridan), Rachel, Megan (Ben) and grandchildren Austin, Logan, Tristan, Hunter, Clara, Leland with one more granddaughter due in June. He is also survived by his sisters Marilyn (Ed), Cindy (Larry), and brothers Tom, Joe (Cindy), and Rich.
He loved his family and friends. He never judged you. He helped everyone and anyone. A kind smile for all! He will be truly missed.
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