James Newton "Jim" Baker died March 9, 2004 in Sacramento, Calif., as the result of a heart attack. He was 61. The Coos Bay native graduated from Marshfield High School and received his B.A. from Amherst College before attending Officer Candidate School. He was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served in Vietnam in 1965-66. He also served at the amphibious base in California and in Scotland.
Baker received his J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School in 1972. He was recalled to active duty with the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General Corps, where he served until retiring as a commander in 1991. As part of the Navy’s postgraduate program he received a master of legal letters from Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley. He worked in private practice in Eugene for a few years until his appointment as a U.S. administrative law judge in 1994. He worked in Oakland and Stockton, Calif., for the Office of Hearings and Appeals. He is survived by his wife, Katie, and two sons.
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Roseburg attorney Gary Hill died April 14, 2004 at the age of 57 of a heart-related medical condition. He practiced in the area for 30 years, handling criminal defense, domestic relations, elder law, probate and trust, real property and small business cases.
The Roseburg High School student body president and varsity basketball player graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville in 1968 with a degree in political science and joined the Peace Corps. He served in Ecuador and also as a Peace Corps trainer in Puerto Rico. He returned to Oregon to attend Willamette University’s law school. He joined the bar in 1974. He practiced law in Roseburg, according to the Roseburg News-Review, "with a personal dedication to pro bono and Hispanic outreach."
Survivors include his mother, Marian, his wife, Lisa, a son and two daughters.