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(Apr 29, 2010)

DAVID MARTIN BAKER, 86, of Huntington, died Tuesday, April 27. He was born in Clarksburg, W.Va., on October 11, 1923, to the marriage of the late Nathan R. Baker and Edna Brown. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army Air Forces (1943-1946). He was graduated from West Virginia University with undergraduate and law degrees and practiced law in Huntington for sixty years. Active in civic affairs, he served two years on the Huntington City Council (1951-52), four years in the West Virginia House of Delegates (1953-54 and 1957-58), also served as special legislative council to Governor Cecil Underwood (1959-1960), twelve years on the West Virginia State Aeronautics Commission (1970-82), and fifteen years as a Judge of the West Virginia Court of Claims (1990-2005). He was a member of the Cabell County Bar Association (President 1973-74), Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (President 1986-88), West Virginia State Bar, West Virginia Bar Association, American Legion Post 16, Disabled American Veterans Post 2, BPOE Lodge 313, and B'Nai Sholom Congregation. He was a Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation. He was predeceased by his wife of sixty-one years, Janet R. Baker, who died Oct. 25, 2009. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, John D. and Phyllis Baker of Pleasant Hill, California; two daughters and sons-in-laws, Susan B. and Keith Derrington of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Emily Baker and Tom Heil of Alexandria, Virginia; and five grandchildren, Jennifer Baker, Clark Derrington, Eli Derrington, Zachary Baker-Heil and Jacob Baker-Heil. A memorial service will be conducted by Rabbi David Wucher at B'Nai Sholom Congregation, 949 10th Ave., Huntington, on Friday, April 30, at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. at B'Nai Sholom. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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