Donnie Bryant Baker
50th REUNION LANCASTER SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF ’64
Name/Email Address: Donald Philip Baker (formerly Donny) birdsboy at juno dot com
Marital Status/Spouse’s Name: Single.
Occupation: Retired by disability.
College/Professional Training: A.B. Psychology from Belmont Abbey College, NC. Master Divinity from Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, WI.
Military Service(Details, Combat Tour?): 2 years as clerk and personnelman 3rd Class Petty Officer from 1967-1969.
Own Business? (Name, Website): N/A
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, crafts, acryllic painting, collecting Christmas figures. Have over 100 Santas.
Published a Book? (Name): N/A.
Favorite Books/Authors: Ecclectic.
Favorite Songs/Musicians: Ecclectic.
Favorite Movies: Anything Star Trek and some other Sci Fi. Comedies.
Best Vacation Ever: Rome and Holy Land.
Favorite Memory of High School: The memories are clouded but are being retrieved by regular therapy...just kidding.
Proudest Moments of My Life: Ordination 1980.
Things I Would Like My Classmates to Know: I served the Diocese of Charlotte, NC as a priest/pastor for 10 years then transferred to Phoenix, AZ for sinus problems. My doctor recommended I leave active ministry due to my blood pressure. I attempted to return a few years back but the current bishop said I had to return to Charlotte which I could not due to health issues. I worked for Wells Fargo for 14 years until my health problems worsened and I lost my job. I have fibromyalgia, Meniere's Disease (ear causes dizziness) and an optical neurological condition. I am currently on SSDisability. I sing once a year with Sherie Mercier, a friend I used to work with in Church. She is director of music at St. Philip Benezi in Black Canyon City. She and Mark travel 2 hrs to the parish each week. I wrote a Christmas Song which Sherie and I sang as a duet. I have revised the song and hope eventually to publish it. When Arizona is not in the midst of its unbearable scorching heat of Summer I do as much hiking as possible and take lots of pictures. I proudly display them like others show pictures of their grandchildren.
Winslow AZ- "It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford.."
Recruit Baker 1967
PN3 Baker 1969
Investiture and Anointing
Laying On of Hands
Crown of Thorns Jerusalem
Olive Wood Bibles Jerusalem