Oran C. “Boots” Baker, 91, of Lorena, passed away early Saturday, August 22, 2020 surrounded by loved ones in his home. A Funeral Service will be 2:00pm, Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home with Rev. Heath Kirkwood officiating. Interment will follow at Lorena Cemetery with Military and Masonic Honors. A Visitation with the family will be 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Monday, August 24, 2020 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home. Due to current local guidelines, we will require face coverings, temperature checks, and registration to attend visitations and services at this time. You may register at https://www.gracegardensfh.com/register-. We encourage you to sign the online register book, or leave a message on the tribute wall. If you are unable to attend the service, we will live stream on Grace Gardens Facebook page, and later add it to the obituary page on our website.
Boots was born November 25, 1928 in Somervell County to Oran Christopher and Fern Barker Baker. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953, during the Korean War. On February 11, 1961, Boots married the love of his life, Dorothy Harris in Fort Worth, Texas. He was employed by the Brazos Electric Company from 1954 until his retirement in 1991. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church, Lorena. In 2002 he served as Potentate for the Karem Shrine of Waco. He was also a member of the 32nd degree Scottish Rite of Waco and a member of the Lorena Masonic Lodge 594. Boots was captain of the Karem Rangers Horse Patrol and participated in many other Shrine activities. He also served his community, in the Lorena ISD school board for fourteen years, the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Committee, as President of the Lorena Saddle Club and CTHSA, and as a member of the Lorena Volunteer Fire Department.
Boots enjoyed Farming, Raising Cattle, riding his horses, but most of all, he loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Boots was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Geneva Gray and Vircenoy McAtee.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Dorothy; son, Clint Baker (fiancé Heather), daughter, Christy Kolacek and husband Jimbo; grandchildren, Kristyn Pavelka and husband Corey, Karson Kolacek, Haley and Chris Baker; great grandson Parks Pavelka; and several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank Bluebonnet Health Care and Hospice and the Doctors and Staff who cared for him, and especially care giver Rex McCutcheon.
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