David L. Baker, 76, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, passed away on March 16, 2017, due to health issues with family by his side.
David was born at home in Maryville, Tennessee, on February 2, 1941.
MSGT Baker retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of service for his country. During his service time, he served in Vietnam, Philippines, Italy, and Thailand. He was stationed in numerous places around the world.
After his service, he came home to Oak Ridge, where he lived the rest of his days fishing. Many knew of him as “The Walking Man of Oak Ridge.” On March 16, 2017, David hung his walking shoes up for the last time.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Helen Baker; brothers, PFC Michael Roger Baker (KIA), and Senior MSG Frank Richard Baker; and wife, Wilma Jean.
He is survived by siblings, MSGT Ronald Baker (Clara) of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Doris Baker of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, SGT Gary Baker (Carol) of Powell, Tennessee, and Maxine Baker of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers and food donations, please consider donating to The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1205, 1143 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 104A/246, Oak Ridge TN, 37830, in his name or Oak Ridge Walking Man.
Martin Funeral Home of Oak Ridge is in charge of arrangements. At his request, there will be no receiving of friends. Gravesite services will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee, at 11:30 a.m.