James Benson Baker
September 8, 1934  -  June 28, 2018

James Benson Baker

Twin Oaks Memorial Park
59 Lake Arthur Highway
Artesia, NM  88210
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James Benson Baker, 83, passed away on June 28, 2018 at his home in Artesia, New Mexico.

He was laid to rest at Twin Oaks Memorial Park.

James was born on September 8, 1934 in Artesia; the son of Curtis Arewood Baker and Ruby Pearl (Schmitz) Baker. On July 5, 1958 he married Sara Elizabeth Cole in Las Cruces, N.M. She preceded him in death on September 13, 2005.

He was the owner/operator at Baker Stephens Tire Company and a lifelong resident of Artesia.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Billie Jean Vogt.

Survivors include his son James Curtis Baker and wife Gina of Dallas, T.X.; daughter Shirley Murphy of Artesia; son Larry Murphy of Artesia; sister Stella Heathington of Artesia; 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; cousins Cheryl Welch, Johnny Angel and Mike Heathington.


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  1. Gloria Dixon
    Temecula, CA

    My deepest condolences and love to the Baker family. It broke my heart to hear Mr. Baker had passed. He was truly a man with great sense of humor and a huge local supporter of sports in our home town. I feel fortunate to have known him since my childhood. My deepest condolences to Jamie....know that your father was an amazing man!!

    Lots of Love, Gogie

  2. Norma Miranda
    Artesia, NM

    My deepest condolences for the family, Mr. Baker was such a great employer for my husband and we appreciated him very much. Rest in peace.

  3. W.L. (Dub) Gray
    Georgetown, TX

    To a very good friend, lots of good memories. You will be missed. Condolences to the family.

  4. Lola Dial
    Naples, FL

    James and my father were very good friends. I remember the visits they had and James coming over to the house to visit with my mom and dad. What a wonderful man he was. I am sure that James and daddy are having a great visit in Heaven. May you find peace and comfort at this time of loss. Your daddy, granddaddy and friend will always be watching over you in spirit. Heaven is blessed to have James' presence.

  5. Linda Starling
    Los Angeles, CA

    My condolences to the family of Mr. Baker's family. We had a very special relationship. To my dear friend, Mr. Baker, "The Struggle is Real !!!! So glad our paths crossed!!!!!

  6. Corey P Tolle
    Artesia, NM

    Sorry for your loss

  7. Glenn Kaiser
    Artesia, NM

    I cannot remember a time that I didn’t know Mr Baker. James was a good man. He was an inspiration to me and I loved him very much.
    My condolences to Jamie and the entire family.
    Glenn Kaiser

  8. Autherean & Sue Prude
    Artesia, NM

    So sorry for your loss! James was a good man . He will be missed. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time! Love you , Autherean & Sue Prude

  9. Kim Allison
    Artesia, NM

    My condolences to the Baker family. James was such a kind man!

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