The ITD community mourns the passing of Tom S. Baker who passed away Feb. 3 in Island Park. Baker was a long-time engineer who served in the Rigby and Island Park areas. He retired after 35 years of service with the department and will be missed by his many former colleagues.
The following obituary appeared in the Island Park News.
ISLAND PARK — Thomas Stanley Baker, 66, of Island Park, passed away Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at his home of heart failure.
He was born September 29, 1942, in Clayton, New Mexico, to Myron Brookhart Baker and Ethel Marie Selonka Baker. He grew up and attended Clayton public schools, where he graduated from high school. He obtained a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.
After leaving Clayton, he lived in Alaska, and then in Rigby, Rathdrum, Middleton, and Island Park.
He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He was a member of the Lion's Club, Eagles Lodge, Civil Defense for the State of Idaho, and the Island Park Fugowee Snowmobile Club. He served on planning and zoning commissions in Rigby and Island Park. His insight was invaluable to the Island Park Planning and Zoning Commission’s work updating the city’s comprehensive plan and development code. He also served on the Island Park Advocates for Responsible Development board.
He cared deeply about the Island Park community and helped the city write a grant to receive money for a safety project on Hwy. 20. Then, at a party celebrating the project’s success, he stood outside in a spring snowstorm to cook hamburgers for the many guests. Tom was a master craftsman and enjoyed woodworking, antiques, reading, snowmobiling, fishing with his grandkids, and most of all, spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Renee Baker, of Island Park, daughters Heidi (Ron) Cervi of San Diego, CA. and Cindy Baker of Idaho Falls, sons David (Angie) Baker of Kuna and Dustin Baker of Island Park, stepdaughters Cynthia Suter of Idaho Falls, and Stephanie (Kelly) Christensen of Chesterfield, sister Kathie (Tom) Wells of Spokane, WA., 15 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren
Funeral services were held Friday (Feb. 6), at Wood Funeral Home, 273 N. Ridge in Idaho Falls. Burial was planned for a later date in the Island Park Cemetery under the direction of Wood Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com .