Ronald “Ron” Ray Baker ’55 entered Chapter Eternal on March 28, 2019, in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 85. He was born on December 26, 1933, in Pasco, Washington to parents Edwin Markham & Mary Margorie Baker. He was the oldest of three children with brother Duane Baker & sister Mardine Larsen. The family resided in Kahlotus, Washington until 1937 when they moved to a dryland wheat ranch south of Ione, Oregon. Ron was very active in 4-H livestock projects and enjoyed showing both beef and sheep. In 1951 he earned a delegate trip to the National 4-H camp in Washington, D.C. as well as graduated from Ione High School as the valedictorian. Ron attended Washington State University. While there he was very active receiving the 1954 Danforth Fellowship, for outstanding student in the college of Agriculture, President of the Associated Students of College of Agriculture, President and founding father of FarmHouse Fraternity, named to Top Ten of graduating seniors, received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with highest honors but most important and rewarding met his future wife of over 61 years Jane Irene Jacobson.
On June 19, 1955 Ron & Jane were married and moved to a small ranch in Hermiston, Oregon. He worked for two years for Doane Agricultural Services as Agricultural Management Consultant. In 1957 he established Beef Acres which was a 3,000 head beef feedlot just off Loop road. In 1961 along with Phillip Cohn they developed C and B Livestock, Inc. which was a modern cattle and lamb feedyard, south of Hermiston on Feedville road. In 1969 he established the Beef Improvement Division of C and B which was a cattle breeding program to help establish superior breeding genetics to help producers meet the demands for quality and cutability. Through his exploration and breeding of many different cattle breeds he always found the ones that rose to the top by his standards and that was the Angus and the Simmental breeds. Ron was always very active in both state and national organizations including from 1965-70 being on the National Cattlemen’s Association marketing committee which later helped spearhead the formation of “Cattle Fax” as well as from 1972-74 on the blue ribbon task force committee to the National Livestock and Meat Board. He also enjoyed leadership roles with associations such as the Oregon Cattleman’s and the American SimmentaI. In 1972 he was awarded the Commercial Feeder of the year by Feedlot Management. In 1973 he developed the PTL farming operation that was 3,000 acres of undeveloped farm ground off Powerline road. By 1974 C and B had expanded to 18,000 head of cattle and 18,000 head of lambs. In 1976 Ron was awarded the Commercial Producer of the Year by the Beef Improvement Federation and in 1985 was recognized as the National Cattleman Businessman of the year by the National Cattlemen’s Association. Ron was a founding member of Hermiston Christian Center and a member of the Hermiston Rotary Club since 1965. He is survived by brother Duane Baker and wife Mary of Pleasanton, CA; sister Mardine Larsen and husband Don of Wenatchee, WA; daughter Sheila Banke and husband Dan of McMinnville, OR; daughter Colleen Williams and husband Randy of Coeur d’Alene, ID; daughter Suzanne Coggins and husband Craig of San Antonio, TX; daughter Serena Beason and husband Jim of Fair Oaks, CA; Ray Baker of Hermiston, OR; grandchildren Nathaniel (Lindsey), Caleb (Annie), Danielle (Jadon), Rachel, Abby, Hannah, Kennidy, Kambree and Kilee; and great-grandchildren Jude, Preston and Everett. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Jane Baker. Please share memories of Ron with his family at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.
Peter G. Doumit ’69 entered Chapter Eternal on November 10, 2018, in Moses Lake, Washington, in peace, and surrounded by those who loved him. Coach Doumit was 68 years old. Pete was born on March 26, 1950, in Longview, Wash. to Eli and Patricia Doumit. He was raised on a cattle ranch outside of Cathlamet and graduated from Wahkiakum High School in 1968. Pete attended Washington State University where he was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity, earned his degree in education (class of 1972), and both played for and coached within the Cougar baseball program. More importantly, he met his lifelong love Faith Limbocker of Bellevue. Pete and Faith were married in 1973 and for the next 45 years created a home built on love, laughter and respect. Besides his four children and 14 grandchildren, Pete’s door was always open to friends, students, players and extended family. Those relationships were built and maintained through teaching and coaching positions in Onalaska, Wash., McMinnville, Ore., Rainier, Ore., East Wenatchee, and Moses Lake. Pete believed that an educator should strive to develop the entirety of an individual, so as to best prepare that person for life ahead. He belongs to the Moses Lake High School, Big Bend Community College, and Washington State Baseball Coaches Association Halls of Fame.
Ron DeMuynck ’55 entered Chapter Eternal on August 18, 2016, at the young age of 82, with his family by his side. Ron was born to Maurice and Mildred DeMuynck in Moline, Ill. on July 8, 1934. After WWII his parents decided to move to the Pacific Northwest and bought a dairy farm in South Prairie, Wash. when Ron was 11. He graduated from WSU with a Dairy Science Degree and was a founding member of FarmHouse Fraternity. He then married Carolyn Anderson from Puyallup, Wash. before being deployed to the Korean War. Upon his return they moved to Walla Walla, Wash. then on to buy a small hobby farm in Arlington, Wash. while doing AI for Carnation Genetics. After leaving Carnation, he started his own Company, North West WA Feed Service. After 35 years, he retired officially in 2014. He enjoyed reading westerns, the Sunday comics, watching John Wayne movies, and listening to Paul Harvey. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing, working on puzzles, and Sudoku. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of 59 years; sister, Donna (Keith) Cox; son, Douglas (Jacquie) DeMuynck; daughters, Cathy (Len) Gitchel and Lorraine (Bill) Karman; six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
William B. Ackley ’55 entered Chapter Eternal on April 18, 2016, in Port Townsend, Washington, where he had lived on his own in a waterfront condo until moving in with his daughter and son-in-law a few days before his death. Once at his daughter’s home, hospice facilitated his care, and he enjoyed a final chocolate cream pie before passing on with family members beside his bed. He was married to his wife, Margaret (Bobby) Clark for 69 years, whom he met while attending Kansas State College (now University); she preceded him in death in 2010. He is survived by his son, Richard, and his daughter, Kyanne Anderson, both of Port Townsend; a grandson, a granddaughter, and a great-granddaughter; and a sister, Marilyn (Ruth) Frydendall, of Ellenwood, Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State College in 1940, Bill and Bobby married in 1941. At the start of World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as an aerial photographer. After the war, he returned to Kansas State, where he received his master’s degree in horticulture, which later took him to WSU in 1947 when he accepted an assistantship. In 1948, Bill joined WSU’s horticulture faculty, where he served as the department chairman from 1964-74, and worked for a total of 35 years before retiring in 1983. He helped mentor the WSU FarmHouse Club prior to chartering, and he was initiated as a FarmHouse associate member alongside the charter members in 1955. Bill was the president of the FarmHouse Building Corporation when the chapter house opened in 1960.
Henry K. Lee ’83 entered Chapter Eternal on September 20, 2011 at home in Kennewick, WA. He was born on March 3, 1963 in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Parents were Judy and William Lee. He married Sandra Russell on August 23, 1986. Henry attended Ferris High School in Spokane and graduated from WSU with a BA in education, and attended Walla Walla Community College. He received his black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He worked for M2 Counseling and Consulting as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for many years and as a teacher at Southridge High School. He grew up in Spokane, moved to Walla Walla in 1986 and to Kennewick in 1992. He has volunteered as a youth group leader at Family of Faith church and Chinese Christian Alliance, as well as been active in the Journey with Christ community, which is a youth Christian spiritual renewal retreat. The thing that stood out about Henry was how loyal and loving he was as a friend and how fully supportive he was of other people. He always raised others up. Henry is survived by wife, Sandra; children, Nicholas, Jasmine, and Brandon, all of Kennewick; mother, Judy Lee, and brother, Robert Lee, both of Spokane. He was preceded in death by father, William Lee.