Nikiski resident Martin J. Baker died at Central Peninsula General Hospital on Saturday, March 31, 2001. He was 49.
A celebration of life will be held 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Nikiski Church of the Nazarene. Pastor Paul Hartley will officiate. His ashes will be spread in Cook Inlet by his family and friends this summer.
Mr. Baker was born March 3, 1952, in Seattle, where he attended grade school. He graduated from high school in Oak Harbor, Wash. He later served in the U.S. Navy.
He moved to Alaska in 1973 and traveled back and forth between Washington and Alaska due to his job in the fishing industry. He worked as a fish buyer and processor and as a welder.
Mr. Martin was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Nikiski. He was talented musically and enjoyed playing his guitar. He loved his dog Murphy and playing Santa Claus at Nikiski Day Care.
"He will be remembered for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. Marty would want to be remembered for his commitment to Jesus Christ and his effort to honor God," his family said.
Mr. Martin is survived by his mother, Faye Beard; sisters Vicki Licht, Charlene Conley, Cathy Rodgers and Debbie Wilbanks; his brothers Kenneth Baker and James Beard; his daughter, Brooke Baker; numerous nieces and nephews; and good friends Joyce and Wendell Honea, Vern and Jan Kornstad, Lynn and Bob Deakins, Don and Patti Glaze, Ray Honea and Carl and D'Ann Waggoner, all of whom he considered his "second family."
Memorial donations may be made to the Nikiski Day Care, P.O. Box 8409, Nikiski, AK 99635.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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