David Andrew Howard Baker passed away after a long struggle with brain cancer on December 31, 2015 at the age of 65 with his wife at his side.
Mr. Baker was born on September 1, 1950 in Houston, TX to Andrew Z. & Jean M. Baker. The family moved to Galveston in 1954 where Baker has been a resident ever since. He graduated from Ball High School in 1969 and served in the United States Army, including a tour of duty in Viet Nam in 1970-71. He later attended Galveston College and graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1976 with a B.A. in History.
After years of searching, David found his calling in the Galveston Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Captain and retired after 29 years due to health reasons. David believed strongly in workers’ rights and served many years on the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 571 executive board including 2 years (1995 & 96) as President. David was a life-long Democrat and served as Precinct Chair for over 25 years. He was also a life member of the Viet Nam Veterans of America and served a short time as chapter Treasurer. His retirement was spent doing whatever he and his wife wanted to do!
David was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Z. & Jean Baker, his brother and sister-in-law, John R. & Jeanne (French) Baker, special cousin, Andra Rowland, and brother-in-law, Dennis Strain. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Dianna Sue (Strain) Baker, daughter Diandra Baker Puccetti (Benji); stepsons Allen L. Jackson, II and Toby Jackson (Julie); beautiful grandchildren Brandon Puccetti, Carmella Puccetti, Dianna Jackson, A.J. Jackson, Sean Jackson, Dustin Talley (Iris), and Zowie Talley, and great grandchild Arabella Talley. Sisters Bonnie Palmer (Ken) of Dickinson and Susan P. Baker (John Hunger) of San Miguel de Allende, MX; brothers-in-law Doug Strain (Pat) of Austin, Darrell Strain (Barbara) of Austin, and Dwight Strain (Georgia) of Galveston. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins including special cousin Daniel McBride, and other relatives and friends.
Mr. Baker’s family will receive visitors from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home.
Funeral Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home with Burial to follow at Grace Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock, TX.
Pallbearers will be Charles Olsen, Douglas Strain, Dwight Strain, John Hunger, Ken Palmer, and Pete Olsen.
Honorary Pallbearers are Diandra Baker Puccetti, Allen Jackson, II, Toby Jackson, Susan Reyna, Tara Hall, Robert Baker, Ben Baker, Keith Palmer, Karen Sinclair, and John Strain.
In lieu of flowers, the family of David Baker respectfully requests donations be made to National Brain Tumor Society, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458 or online at www. Defeatgbm.org.