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Donald Baker
1935 - 2022

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Donald D. Baker

PORTSMOUTH-Donald D. Baker, 86, of Portsmouth, passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at SOMC in Portsmouth. Donald was born June 27, 1935 in Portsmouth Ohio to the late Ralph Lester Baker and Helen Louise Bender Baker. Donald graduated from The Ohio State University and obtained his PhD from Ohio University and was employed as a Professor at Ohio University. He also was employed as Plant Manager at Aristech. He was a member of Wheelersburg United Methodist Church; Aurora Masonic Lodge, Portsmouth and Portsmouth and Lawrence County Rotary. Donald was also a U.S. Navy Veteran. In addition to his parents, Donald was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Donald is survived by his wife, Janet Louise Fields Baker whom he married April 9, 1960 in Portsmouth; a son, Jeffrey Evan Baker of IL; a daughter, Julia Elaine Stone (Kenny)of FL; five grandchildren, Michelle Clement and Jason Clement of Columbus, Ohio, Robert Feeman of San Diego, CA, Noelle Baker and Maya Baker of IL and two great grandchildren, Stella Feeman and Maeve Feeman.

Private family services for Donald will be held at the convenience of the family. Harrison-Pyles Funeral Home in Wheelersburg has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at www.harrison-pyles.com.



Wednesday February 23, 2022

Beverly Stringer

Mr. Baker is one of the instructors who not only taught me at OUSC, but helped build my confidence. I was a non-traditional student who made the decision to go to school later in life and juggled school, family and work. Thank you Mr. Baker for encouraging me along and making a difference in my life and my family. Thoughts and prayers for your family!

Friday February 18, 2022

Bill Dingus

Janet and Family, Please know that Don lives on in the lives of those many thousands for which Don constructed the road and provided the guidance. Don deserves much of the credit for OU Southern's growth as he developed associate degree programs and carried them through the process. Don still holds the record for getting programs through the OU Curriculum Council in the most expeditious manner. A true friend and a man of integrity and wisdom for which all those who knew will always hold tremendous respect and precious memories. Please know that Don and his family will forever hold my and his OU Southern's family's greatest respect and love. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Friday February 18, 2022

Wanda & Patrick Dengel

Janet and family, we know your hearts are broken but the wonderful memories you have of Don as husband, father, and grandfather will always be with you as you keep them close to your heart. You are in our prayers.

Wednesday February 16, 2022

Judy Pitts

Janet, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your familyJW


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