Phillip Lee Baker was born June 5, 1943 in Tacoma to Wilma and Forest Stackhouse. His father died when Phil was 5, and he was adopted by his mother’s second husband, Bruce Baker.
Phil graduated from Wilson High School in 1961, served four years in the Navy and went on to college at Everett Junior College, Central Washington University, and graduated with a degree in Special Education from Western Washington State College. Phil spent time between schooling traveling the world, including a trip across the Sahara in a Volkswagen van. He was happy to share the stories of his adventures. His appreciation for the diversity in the world was always evident.
Phil and Kris met at Western in January, 1973, fell in love, and married in November of that same year. They moved to the Okanogan Highlands the following June and camped out that summer while building their first home, fondly known as “the barn.” Phil started Havillah Shake Company in the late 1970’s and the business still continues in operation.
He is survived by his wife Kris, daughter Amanda, son Jesse, brother Daniel Baker, grandchildren Cody Burse, Eleanor Burse, Katherine Thompson, and one great granddaughter, Zaida Rogers. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, David Murphy.
A memorial for Phil was held at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket on Sunday, November 15. Interment was in the Havillah Cemetery.
Phil was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He will be dearly missed by all acquaintances, friends and family, as well as everyone who appreciates a solid recycled timber.
Bergh Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.