Jack Baker passed away peacefully Sept. 8, 2008, in Portland, Ore., after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 64.
Jack lived, worked, and was influence on Steamboat Springs from 1971 to 1986. He owned and operated The El Rancho Restaurant and Lounge during a colorful and exciting period in Steamboat, kind of the adolescence of a developing ski town. Jack was active in the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and was instrumental in the evolution of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series and other Fourth of July activities.
Jack also was a partner in the Northwest Tile Company, Bud Johnson's Western Wear and several other business ventures in Northwest Colorado.
Jack loved photography, riding motorcycles in the woods and cigars. He also was a scratch golfer and was very innovative with new and developing computer technologies.
Jack was born in Anderson, Ind., on June 8, 1944. He graduated from Purdue University in 1966 with a degree in production engineering. He went on to get his master's degree in marketing and finance at Northwestern University in 1968.
In 1967, he married Susie, his wife of 41 years. Their son, Jason, was born in Steamboat in 1972.
Jack later moved to Portland, Ore., and bought Environmental Control, of Vancouver, Wash. He owned and operated that business until his death.
Jack is survived by his wife, Susie Baker, and son and daughter-in-law Jason and Emily Baker, all of Portland, Ore. He also is survived by his brother, Tom Baker, of San Diego.
Jack was a friend of many and kind to everyone. He will be missed.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be sent to: Hospice of Washington County, 900 SE Oak St., Suite 202, Hillsboro, OR, 97123-4214.