Cullen Y. Baker Jr., 70, of Portland, formerly of Sea-view, Wash., died peacefully Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008, in Portland.

He was born June 16, 1938, in Longview, Wash., to Lucille (Moffit) and Cullen Baker Sr. His grandparents were long-time Long Beach (Wash.) Peninsula residents, C. R. "Bub" and Alice Yeaton Baker, both of pioneer area families.

He resided in Portland until 1950, when the family relocated to Seaview. He was a 1956 graduate of Ilwaco (Wash.) High School and graduated from Washington State University in 1960.

Mr. Baker moved to Napa, Calif., in 1964, where he was employed by Christian Brothers Winery as the human resources manager. He returned to the Pacific Northwest in the late 1990s. For the last eight years, he resided in Portland.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Matt McBeth of Rocklin, Calif.; two grandchildren, Cameron and Kelsey McBeth of Rocklin; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Vicki Baker of Canby; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Cullen Yeaton Baker III.

A memorial celebrating his life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach, Wash. A reception will follow at the chapel. Private committal will be at Ilwaco Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ocean Beach Education Foundation, in care of Penttila's Chapel, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631.

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