John Crosby Baker, age 93, passed away peacefully Aug. 4, 2020. John was born the fifth son to Nicholas Baker and Clare Baker (a PEO member), in Bloomfield, Nebraska on Oct. 10, 1926. He met his wife Virginia, “Ginny,” (another PEO member), at a USO dance during World War II. They married on Jan. 24, 1947. He never left her side until her death in November 2017.
John was the loving father of Pam (Steve) and David (Jamie), and proud grandfather of Dan, Shannon and Alex, and great grandfather of five great grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Ginny; his brothers Russell, Lee, Jim and Tom.
John received his BS from the University of Oregon in 1951 in the teaching majors of chemistry and biology, with minors in physics and mathematics. He went on to get his MA from San Diego State University in 1963. He and Ginny moved to Coronado where they lived for over 65 years.
John was a teacher of science and math before he moved on to become a junior high/middle school principal for 35 years in the Coronado Unified School District, from 1952-1987.
He received many awards for teaching, and also received the Community Service Award (1972) and the Citizen of the Year Award by Rotary of Coronado, 1986-87.
John will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, distinguished educator, docent at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, humorist Christmas letter writer and a U.S. Navy veteran in World War II and the Korean conflict.
John will be interred with his wife at Miramar National Cemetery.