William M. Baker was born in Center, Texas on September 26, 1949 to Frederick and Edna Baker. Raised in Baytown, Texas, he was the only boy of four siblings, who prided himself in tormenting and defending his three sisters. The fighting spirit would serve him well throughout his life.
After attending Ross Sterling High School, Bill joined the Army to fight for our country, and was stationed in both Alaska and Okinawa during the Vietnam War. Upon return, he attended Lee College and began a career in the petrochemical industry, eventually retiring from Ethyl-Albemarle with 35 years of devoted service.