Longtime Central Texas mayor dies at 79

Former Woodway Mayor Donald J. Baker. (City of Woodway photo)
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WOODWAY, Texas (KWTX) Donald J. Baker, 79, Woodway’s longest-serving mayor, has died.

Baker passed away Thursday at the age of 79.

Baker was elected to the Woodway City Council in 1991 and in 1994 was elected mayor, a position he held for 23 years.

To honor his service the city named its council chambers the Donald J. Baker Council Chambers.

“Mayor Baker (is) a man who can easily be described as a true visionary whose love and dedication to Woodway has helped to shape the city into the community that it is today,” City Manager Shawn Oubre said in a press release Friday.

“Mayor Baker led Woodway with distinction and forging a lasting legacy not only within the city, but also in the hearts and minds of all those who are fortunate to know him.”

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. next Tuesday at First Baptist Woodway Church at 101 North Ritchie Rd.

The family will receive guests after the service at the Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum at 1 Pavilion Way.