Clarence E. Baker

Born: Sat., Sep. 30, 1922
Died: Sun., May 5, 2013

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., May 11, 2013
Location: Heppner First Christian Church


2:00 PM Sat., May 11, 2013
Location: Baker-Fairview Cemetery

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Clarence E. Baker

September 30, 1922 – May 5, 2013

Descending from a 5th generation pioneer family, the 4th generation in Morrow County, Clarence was born September 30, 1922, in Walla Walla, Washington, to James Henry & Helen Edna (Clisby) Baker.  When he was 2, the family moved back to the family farm on Valby Road at Ione.  He and his siblings attended Rocky Bluff School.  He also attended school in Ione, graduating from Heppner High School in 1941.

          After graduation he worked for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle.  He joined the U.S. Navy Seabees, seeing service in North Africa and The Pacific Theatre during WWII.  After Discharge, Clarence returned to Heppner where he met and married the love of his life, Clarice Moore, in February of 1947.

          He went to work for Rosewall Motor Co., Heppner Motors, and Farley Motor Co., where he retired from in 1987. 

          He was a longtime member of the Heppner Christian Church, where he was an Elder for over 60 years, teaching Sunday School to Junior High, High School, and adults as well as church youth groups.  He was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, holding York-Rite degrees, Royal Arch Masons, Council and Commandery, and a member of the Eastern Star.  He was active with the School Advisory Board, Heppner Cemetery Board, and Rainbow Girls, where he was a longtime board member.  He was also a Boy Scout and 4-H Leader, as well as volunteering for many school and community functions. 

          Clarence enjoyed his yard, large garden & fruit trees, and lately using the computer for gathering new advances in technical knowledge, but the great joys in his life were: his church, his church and his family. 

          He is survived by his wife, Clarice, sons Steve (Patti), William (Vicki), and Ken (Abby), daughters Jan Palmer (Steve) and Marti Mossman (Kevin), 14 grandkids and 22 great grandkids and sister Helen Schlesner.

          He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers David & Merle, sister Betty Orton, daughter Lynda Lewis, granddaughter Elizabeth Baker, and great granddaughter Kaylionna Beaubien. 

          Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 11th, 2013, at the First Christian Church in Heppner, with Burial at 2:00 PM at the Baker-Fairview Cemetery in Ione.  Contributions in memory of Clarence Baker may be made to the Heppner Christian Church or Sunridge Retirement Community.  Send condolences online at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.

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