Christopher Baker, 48, of Houston, TX, went to heaven on June 21, 2020. He was born in Irving, TX on April 21, 1972. He was married to Alicia Contreras on November 15, 2003. Chris was a delivery driver who enjoyed carpentry and writing short stories and poetry. He was preceded in death by his mother Carol Baker. He is survived by his wife Alicia Baker, brother Brian Baker, father Don Baker, and fur baby Ziggy.
Letter to Christopher Rich Baker…
My life changed the night you slid into that back seat on our blind date with your beautiful blue eyes and shy smile. Here was a gentleman who made me laugh and loved his family and God and his creatures. I knew you were a keeper when I found out you hate country music but tried to Texas two-step just so you could dance with me. They say opposites attract. I was the analytical engineer. You were SO creative with your short stories and poetry. Gratefully we had Star Wars in common or that would have been the end of it. Your wedding vows WERE almost “I love you more than my Star Wars figures.”
They say marriage should be “in sickness and in health” but that was tested when we were just engaged and you were diagnosed with GBM (glioblastoma multiforme), the most aggressive malignant brain tumor you can get. You were a miracle and we beat the odds together. During your 16-year battle you were my Brain Tumor Warrior and I was your Princess. Not even leukemia and a heart condition conquered your spirit. You supported me in my dreams of becoming a NASA engineer so I will honor you by publishing your works of art AND our love story.
Your brother Brian will miss taking you to ballgames and arguing over who gets MY bobblehead. Your father Don will miss trying to beat you at cards (I swear he NEVER cheated). Our fur baby Ziggy will miss laying in Daddy’s lap while watching Friends for the millionth time. But your Mom Carol will enjoy holding her baby boy in her arms again.
People would ask you what was your secret to a long life with Stage 4 cancer and you would say laughter and my wife. Well my scruffy looking nerf herder, I will LOVE you to infinity and beyond and according to the words of our Wedding song by Def Leppard “You will never have to say goodbye.”
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to the Chris Baker Memorial Fund at UTHealth, PO Box 1321, Houston, TX 77251-1321 or https://giving.uth.edu/memorial. Money donated in his name will be transferred to the Brain Tumor Support Group. Chris and Alicia enjoyed going to group and sharing their battle with other patients and their families. Chris inspired others with his courage as a long-term brain tumor survivor. Donations allow the group to go to ballgames and other activities which Chris loved.
Or if you wish to give to the GoFundMe setup by friends to help pay for caregiver bills and funeral expenses, go to https://gf.me/u/x3kqc7.
Funeral services will be held at a later date at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay, TX. https://sttaec.org/