Frank Baker

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

A lifetime member of the Sammamish Valley Grange, Frank Baker passed away Nov. 14, 2012 at home.

He was born in 1924 in Malta, Montana. He had a very full life. In World  War II he served under General Patton and later went to the University of Washington where he joined U.S.A.F. ROTC.

He graduated from the U.W. with a  bachelor of science degree in engineering.

He had many experiences during the Cuban missile crisis and the Anchorage earthquake.

After marrying Wilma Washke, they both became grange members (local, county, state and national) for many years, raising their combined family of seven children.

Frank was also an engineer in Seattle for the Burlington Northern Railroad. All these years he kept involved with the grange, promoting small scale farming in our valley and elsewhere.

He was president of Sammamish Valley Grange 10 years in a row and several terms after that.

He represented the grange by joining Woodinville’s Chamber of Commerce when it was newly formed and was given the honor of becoming a “citizen” of Woodinville, attending their monthly meetings.

He was so knowledgeable about so many issues and always had an understandable solution to them.

When the Sammamish Valley Alliance was formed, the grange sponsored it, as they are so concerned, trying to save what land is left for farming, dairies, poultry farms and 80 acres of vegetable farming.

Frank is survived by his wife, Wilma, children, grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. He will be missed by so many who knew him.

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