After a prolonged fight with chronic health issues, Donald Leon Baker passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 14th, 2021 at the age of 94. Donald was born on July 19th, 1927 in Philadelphia to Benny and Maggie Baker. Donald received his high school diploma from Admiral Farragut Academy, his rating as a Merchant Marine Officer from the State University of New York Maritime (formerly New York State Maritime Academy), his BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the New School of Social Research. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and later in the U.S. Naval Reserves, retiring as a full Commander. Donald made his living as a businessman in marketing and sales for several companies including Sears and the American Can company, eventually running his own business as an independent manufacturers' representative. Donald was active in numerous non-profit organizations during his lifetime, including Naval Reserve Association, Naval Order, VFW, Civil Air Patrol and, most dear to his heart, the Pennsylvania Grand Lodge of Freemasons. Donald pursued many passions during his lifetime, including education, reading, music, playing the trumpet and service to our country, as well as supporting his beloved fraternal and alumni associations.
Donald was married and divorced twice and had five children from those marriages. He is survived by his grown children, Wendy, Jeff, Donald, Sarah and David and their families and by his loving companion for more than 30 years, Anita Miller.
For personal reasons the family will not be hosting a bereavement dinner after the service. Instead, Donald's family will be making donations in his name to two of his favorite charities, The Wounded Warrior Project and The Shriners' Hospitals for Children.
In lieu of flowers we ask that you also consider making a donation to one of these organizations in his honor.
Arrangements by Joseph Levine & Sons Memorial Chapel www.levinefuneral.com