American Veteran 04

Mr. Donald E. Baker, Jr.

July 30, 1943 ~ May 21, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old


Donald Edward Baker, Jr., 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Titusville, Florida on May 21, 2023. He was born July 30, 1943 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. In 1951, the family moved to Tennessee, where he was raised in White Oak and attended Red Bank High School, class of 1961. He cherished his relationships formed during those years, which lasted throughout his life.

Mr. Baker attended the University of Tennessee, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting), Bachelor of Laws and Doctorate of Jurisprudence. He served as an officer in multiple social and academic fraternities and clubs during college, and he remained active in those societies throughout his entire life. He was, indeed, a true Vol For Life.

Following law school, Mr. Baker served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971, where he was a Missile Control Officer and later Judge Advocate General. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. In his professional life, Mr. Baker was an attorney. In the 1980s, he joined TVA and worked for several years as a contracts negotiator until his retirement.

Mr. Baker was preceded in death in March 2019 by his beloved wife of 51 years, Betty Grace (B.G.) Johnson Baker. Survivors include two sons, Jon Baker, Austin, TX and Scott Baker, Chattanooga, TN; brother, Greg Baker, Franklin, TN; three grandchildren, Sarah Catherine Baker, Ty Baker and Maggie Baker, all of Austin, TX; and several nieces and nephews.

Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Tuesday May 30, 2023 from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, TN 37415. Graveside service will be held Tuesday at 2:00 P.M. (EDT), at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at because Mr. Baker would have wanted it that way, as he loved his wife B.G. and had a great passion for this cause.

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 Arrangements entrusted to Lane Funeral Home Ashland Terrace (423) 877-3524.


May 30, 2023

11:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Lane Funeral Home Ashland Terrace
601 Ashland Terrace
Chattanooga, TN 37415

Graveside Service
May 30, 2023

2:00 PM
Chattanooga National Cemetery
Bailey Ave.
Chattanooga, TN


The Alzheimer's Association


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