William Aalbu Baker

Posted: Sunday, February 12, 2006

Former Juneau resident William "Bill" Aalbu Baker, 67, died Feb. 6, 2006, in Tumwater, Wash.

He was born to Dorothy and Dewey Baker on June 11, 1938, in Juneau. He graduated in 1956 from Juneau-Douglas High School and in 1960 from the University of Washington. He married Carolyn Allison of Portland, Ore., on Aug. 19, 1961. They lived in Seattle before moving in 1964 to Juneau. They remained in Juneau until 1989 when they moved to Tum-water to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

In Juneau, he was an insurance broker from 1964 to 1989. He served as president of the Alaska Association of Independent Insurance Agents in 1972. In Tumwater, he worked for Farmers Insurance.

He was a member of the Juneau Volunteer Fire Department from 1967 to 1983 and later served as a volunteer fire investigator with Lacey, Wash., Fire District 3. His volunteer work included regular deliveries of the Senior News to businesses in the Olympia area. He was eager to volunteer his services as storyteller-in-residence. Friends and family say that he would tell "tales of life in Southeast Alaska and his love for aviation."

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his sons, Mike and Todd; his daughters-in-law, Kim and Lynn; and his grandchildren, Brett, Ryan, Alex and Harry, all of the Puget Sound area.

At his request, there will be no funeral services. Donations in his memory may be made to the Olympic Flight Museum, 7637-A Old Highway 99 SE, Olympia, Wash., 98501 or Lacey Fire District 3 Memorial Fund, 1231 Franz St. SE, Lacey, Wash., 98513.

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