Darrell Edward Baker, 72, was called home on Friday, April 24, 2015, after a long, hard fight. He was surrounded by the love of his life, his boys and many other loved ones. Services will be held at 10 o’clock this morning (April 29) at Greer’s Mortuary Chapel in Winslow.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1942, to Eugene and Nola Baker in Cushman, Ark.
In 1956, the Bakers moved to Winslow and those Baker boys made their presence known.
Darrell later became a sharpshooter in the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged in 1965. Over the years, he was a driver for Transcon Yellow Freight, Western Teamsters and L&M Towing.
He was “Born to Raise Hell” and that he did, but he finally met his match in Cathy Mae and they were married in June 1984.
Darrell really enjoyed the woods, and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved reading his Louis L’Amour books, watching his shows, napping when it rained, and when he could convince Cathy, the casino called his name. But seeing and spending time with his family, especially his grand-babies, made him the happiest.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Cathy Baker; two sons, Brandon (LaTosha) Baker of Belton, Texas, and Randall (Ashley) Baker of Winslow; a stepson, Raymond (Lisa) Kyle of Oakley, Idaho; and an adopted daughter/granddaughter, Brianne (Cruz) Stago.
He also leaves behind seven more grandchildren, Maricia, Joshua, Cheyenne, Sierra, Braydon, Peyton Leah and his lil’ buddy, Kayden; one great-grandchild, Natalie (his Buttercup); three sisters, Marlene (Bill) Bridges of Savannah, Ga., Pat Collier of Flagstaff and Nancy (Alex) Ballejos of Winslow; a brother, Fred (Lucy) Baker of Prescott; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Nola Baker; two brothers, Ricky and Larry Baker Sr.; a sister, Wanda Burnett; and his father-in-law, Roy Larsen Sr.