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Craig Baker

Craig William Baker, son of Carroll and Leann (Porter) Baker, was born May 15,1955, in Creston, Iowa. Craig grew up in Taylor County and graduated from Clearfield High School in 1973.

On March 28, 1976, Craig was united in marriage to Markeeta Jeanne Beggs and to this union three children were born: Matthew Craig, Marcy Leigh and Brent William.

At an early age, Craig was drawn to the land and farming, it was a call to stewardship that he not only answered but embraced. It pleased him to see a healthy herd of calves or the even green rows of crops that stretched into the sunset on his farm. Morning planning sessions at Leann's table, and days spent shoulder to shoulder with Carroll on the farm, simply enhanced his life's mission. Craig was for the most part a quiet and easygoing person and when something was truly important it would warrant a "post-it" note filed in the kitchen cupboard.

But Craig's real love was family, his wife of 42 years, "Keeta", traveled with him and the rest of the crew that included children, their spouses and best of all the grandchildren. No activity was too small or unimportant for their attendance. Vacations and ball games were favorites and led "Papa" to tell them about his numerous Olympic medals in multiple events. In turn the youngsters awarded him a blue T-shirt that read: The Man, The Myth, The Legend! A family favorite was trips to the Ozarks for family boating adventures. Presents were easy to buy for Craig, any blue plaid shirt in his size.

While a trip to the Lenox bowling league was a favorite pastime, Craig was involved in community affairs as well. He was a member and trustee at The Clearfield United Methodist Church, a Clearfield school board member and served on the Farm Service Agency committee. His hard work, loyalty and dedication to making the community a better place, left him with lifelong friends.

Craig passed away December 8, 2018, at the age of 63. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Ralph and Anna Porter and Rosa and Ernest Baker; father and mother-in-law Roy and Norma Beggs.

Those who will forever cherish the memory of this man so fondly called "Papa" include his wife Markeeta of Clearfield; children Matt (Amy) Baker of Kansas City, MO: Marcy Baker and Nathan Johnston of Urbandale, IA; Brent (Jodie) Baker of Grundy Center, IA; five grandchildren Zane, Mason, and Bryce Baker, Samantha and Madison Glass; parents Carroll and Leann Baker of Clearfield, IA; sister Sherri (Dennis) Doggett of Seymour, IA; sister-in-law Reeta (Gordy) England; brothers-in-law Greg Beggs, Jeff Beggs and Jack (Kim) Beggs; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided .

Celebration of Life Visitation: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wed, December 12, 2018 at

Clearfield United Methodist Church

Reflections & Prayer: 7:30 p.m., Wed, Dec 12 at Clearfield Methodist Church by Rev. Tim Maxa

In Lieu of Flowers: In His Name To Be Established

Burial: Private at a later date

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So sorry about Craig. Thinking of you and your family.

Bill and Chris Brown Dec 13 2018 12:00 AM

Markeeta, Carroll, Leann and Sherri, I'm so very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope the love you shared with Craig and all the wonderful memories help comfort you. Sincerely, Annette

Annette Juergens Busbee Dec 11 2018 12:00 AM

Keeta and kids: So sorry to learn of Craig's death. I know he will be greatly missed. Share all your precious memories of him daily as he will be forever in your hearts.

Jacqi Reed Dec 11 2018 12:00 AM

Marketa, Carroll, Leanne, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Having gone to school from Kindergarten through our senior year together, I considered Craig a dear friend and almost like a brother. He was a wonderful man and will be deeply missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sandra Shum Anderson Dec 10 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Keeta, Carroll & LeAnn & family. ..We are saddened to hear of the passing of your loved one. It is hard to loose someone so young & that you all so love. May it be a comfort to know that the thoughts of others are with you in these days of sorrow. So glad that your fond memories will help & comfort you all.

Curtiss & Darlene Stampsd Dec 10 2018 12:00 AM