MARLIN ALLAN BAKER

It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend Marlin Allan Baker on May 6, 2021.

Marlin was born in Emo, Ontario on August 22, 1940, the only child of Leo and Della Baker. Marlin grew up on the farm “up river” from Emo attending the Lash School, Donald Young School and Fort Frances High School. Marlin left school at age 16 to start his trucking career. He liked to tell the story of when he was 14 years old and drove the school bus of kids home from school because the bus driver had to go to a funeral. At the young age of 16 Marlin started driving an oil truck for Hunters building the road into Minaki. Before the road to Atikokan was completed Marlin and a few friends worked at the iron/ore mine in Atikokan driving through Kenora to get there or hopping a freight train to come home for days off. He delivered freight for Martin’s Transfer until he started working at the Pulp and Paper Mill in Fort Frances. On his days off from the mill, with his own truck, he would haul pulp wood cut by his dad near Emo into the mill in Fort Frances.

He eventually became self-employed and took much pride in his truck. Marlin hauled wood mostly in the Rainy River District as well as in Thunder Bay. He worked his gravel truck on the pipe line from Manitoba to Longlac and for local road repair contracts. He retired from his own business at the age of 65 but he still drove truck for their contractors in the area.

Marlin was soft spoken, kind, and he would always offer to help anyone, anytime. He was humorous and a tease, and he loved to pull a good prank. He loved to watch his grandchildren play hockey and he rarely missed a home game. He enjoyed travelling to tournaments and he always made sure that they had enough money, warm clothes and snacks.

Camping for the family started with a camper he built out of plywood and 2×4’s on the back of a Ford 150 pickup. This camper went many places including a family vacation to B.C. He updated campers frequently. Camping at various campgrounds near and far and pulling a trailer on trips across Canada while visiting the children and grandchildren was a highlight in his summers. He has driven his family on vacations to California, Texas, Branson, Missouri and Florida. He was never in a hurry to get anywhere so slow Sunday drives with a little bird hunting were plentiful.

The retirement plan was to winter in Florida but there was usually something that he needed to do for one of the kids that would call him back early. Marlin would often be seen out puttering around. His motto was “Do it once and do it right” and he usually did.

Marlin was predeceased by his parents Leo and Della Baker; in-laws Charles and Elizabeth Dimit; son Todd on March 10, 2021; grandson Ryan Baker in infancy and grandson Dalton Geary-Martin.

Marlin is survived by Gaydonna, his wife of 35 years; daughter-in-law Carrie Baker; son Tyler (Angel) Baker; daughter Marla (Yves) Hope-Rapp; and stepchildren Wendy (Ron) Turcott, Dean Martin, Renée (Ken) Martin-Brown, and Terry (Lindsey) Martin. He is also survived by his grandchildren Joel, Jessie (Doug), Jared (Micaela), Nikki, Jamie (Steve), Braden, Andi, Georgi, Emily (Aaron), Christina (Daniel), Carrie, Steven, Jeremiah, Megan, Nicole, Ryan, Ethan, Star, Tatum and Malcolm; and great-grandchildren: Sophia, Reid, Callan, Jace, Lachlan, and Declan.

Private Interment will take place in Emo Cemetery at a later date.

If desired memorial donations may be made in Marlin’s memory to the Rainy Crest Auxillary or the Alzheimer Society Kenora/Rainy River District by cheque c/o Northridge Funeral Home Box 89, Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0.

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