DONALD RAY BAKER

Funeral: 11/30/2018 at 1:00 PM

DONALD RAY BAKER
Donald Ray Baker was born April 30, 1948, in Pauls Valley, OK. He had his eternal homecoming on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
Don was the son of Clyde and Pauline Baker. He had 1 sibling; his sister Debby Martinez. Don enlisted in the Navy in 1967 and was based in Moffett Field in San Diego, CA. He married Joan Brawley of Paoli, OK on August 22, 1968. After serving three tours in Vietnam, Don and Joanie moved to Killeen, TX where they welcomed their daughter, Stephanie, in 1972. Don then attended a community college in Killeen while working at Sears. The couple moved to Waco in 1974 where Don became Sales Manager for the 7UP Bottling Company. In 1984, they returned to the Oklahoma City area where Don worked for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. He also owned and operated several businesses throughout the course of his career. Don and Joanie moved to Tulsa where he began a prison ministry while at Southern Hills Baptist Church. They eventually moved to Noble, where he served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Noble. The loving couple was married for 37 years until Joanie’s passing on October 9, 2005. Don was also preceded in death by his father, Clyde. Don married LaVon DeRusha on May 5, 2006. He was the pastor of Macomb Baptist Church in Macomb, OK for a year and then God called them into the RV ministry in May of 2007. The couple served as chaplains in RV parks in Branson, MO, Arizona City, AZ, Casa Grande, AZ, and Pharr, TX. In 2014, Don’s health forced them to officially retire from chaplain service even though they were still active in ministry. In 2015, Don and LaVon moved to Norman where they resided until the time of his passing.
Don is survived by his mother, Pauline Baker of Norman, OK; his sister, Debby Martinez and her husband, Steve of Blanchard, OK; his daughter Stephanie Vaughan and her husband Rick of Coweta, OK: his wife, LaVon, of Norman, OK; his stepdaughters Leslie Coltrain and her husband Khalil, of La Grange, TX; LaNae Srock and her husband Kevin, of Newalla, OK. Don was the loving grandfather to Kristina Sanders and her husband Calvin, Taylor Jones, Logan Vaughan, Dillon Vaughan, Madison Vaughan, Emma Coltrain, Camden Coltrain, Lydia Price, and Blaine Price. He was also a great-grandfather to Kristina and Calvin’s son, Slade. Don also had two nephews; Jeffrey Martinez and Joey Martinez and his wife Sydney.
 
The celebration of life services for Don Baker will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Noble, OK.
Graveside services will be held at the Paoli Cemetery at 3 p.m. in Paoli, OK.
Visitation and viewing will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at McMahan’s Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.
 
The outpouring of love and prayers has been a mighty blessing to our family. Thank you to everyone who has called, texted and come to visit. We feel truly loved.