Kasilof resident Jonathan G. Baker died Thursday, August 19, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a long illness. He was 55.
A Memorial Mass will be held 5 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2010 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 222 W. Redoubt Ave. in Soldotna. Father Joe Dowling, OMI will be officiating. A gathering/potluck will follow the services at the Eagles Club 5679 Kenai Spur Highwaybetween Kenai and Soldotna. For those who are planning on attending the services, an article of the color green is requested to be worn, as it was his favorite color. Please bring pictures to share with family and friends as well. His cremated remains will be scattered in Crooked Creek at a later date.
Mr. Baker was born Feb. 13, 1955 in LaJolla, California. He graduated from Kenai Central High School in Kenai. Jonathan moved to Kasilof in 1965, living there most his life until moving to Soldotna. He worked for ASRC for 25 years before retiring. Jonathan loved gold panning and metal detecting.
His family wrote, "Jon will be missed by his longtime friend 'Biggie' Baker, the Boys of The Kenai Peninsula and all who knew him."
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Fred and Ione McNeils; uncle, Danny McNeils and Grandma and Grandpa Baker.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Hogan-Baker of Soldotna; daughter, Christina Hogan of Anchorage; step-son, Tim Hogan of Anchorage; mother, Suzanne Miller of Olympia, Wash.; step-father, Ron Miller of Olympia; brothers, Jeffrey Scott Baker of Oregon and James Matthew Baker of California; and grandchildren, Naa and Nique of Anchorage.
Donations may be made in memory of Jonathan to P.O. Box 502 Kasilof, Alaska 99610 C/O Diane Baker.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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