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Who is John Richard Baker & Who killed him?

December 19, 2010
Johnny went missing
November 17, 2010 is the last
date anyone had
contact with him.

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11/19/2010 KOTV Channel 6 in Tulsa:
Carmen Matherly, John's daugher, "actually found her father's truck, locked and abandoned on I-244 near Memorial. His ID card, checkbook and credit  cards were all in the truck. His wallet was missing."

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The clock is ticking …
by Peggy Randall-Martin

(Click on John's May, 2007 photo upper right
courtesy of Janie Deering Sylvester CHS 1963
& click on the photo below left for full view)

When you go on vacation, leave for the weekend or take a road trip, you would make plans accordingly. Someone to water the plants, feed the dogs, pickup the mail – maybe someone to housesit. The travel plans have a chosen destination, date of departure and date to return – whether by train, plane or automobile. You call and/or wave a cheery goodbye to relatives and loved ones.

What happens when you don’t leave by choice? Some other person or people take away your decision making. No provisions are made. No chance for cheery goodbyes. You are just gone – no longer seen by those who know you – your phones ring with no one to answer. Silence. The clock is ticking … 

A day or two goes by without much notice. Then appointments are missed, calls are not returned and a red flag starts to go up with first one and then another of your acquaintances and family members. First thought, there’s nothing wrong. I’ll just drop by the house and check on things. Mail stacked up in the mailbox, an empty house, duties unattended and the realization sets in. 

The missing person is not anonymous – not an unknown. This time it’s your family and the missing has a name familiar to you. This time it’s your loved one. It’s not a movie of the week, feature film or news at 10. 

John Richard Baker’s family knows this scenario well by now. He has been missing since Wednesday, November 17, 2010. No one has heard from John since late that day and calls to his cell phone go directly to voicemail. The nightmare has begun.

I spoke today with Jenny Johnson, John’s best friend, and she makes this clarification about what has been reported and written about John R. Baker, “Johnny is a poker player – NOT a casino gambler. Johnny enjoyed the friendships the game brought to him. John probably started playing avidly about 5+ years ago and was just terrible when he first started.

“Johnny has a mindset when he is in the learning process. He reads, discusses and observes – from fishing to playing poker to owning rental property. He was not playing poker as often as he had in the past. He was more interested in developing his rental property. Johnny never took his endeavors lightly. He is all about 100%.”

John (Johnny) Baker (1962 CHS senior picture on the left) was born March 30, 1944 and grew up in Cushing, Oklahoma. He graduated from CHS in 1962 then attended Oklahoma State University. John has one brother, Harvey, and their elderly parents still reside in Cushing – small town – small school – place where everyone knows everyone and everyone knows your name.

Later he became a married man. John fathered a daughter, Carmen, and also raised a step-daughter. He dearly loves both of them. He had begun building his life around family, friends, business, pastimes and hobbies. Multifaceted – some say.


When John was in his early twenties, he worked for Texaco Refinery in Tulsa. He was living in Cushing and carpooled to and from Tulsa with other Cushing men.

Early on John was a self-starter, an entrepreneur. He owned several convenience stores in various small Oklahoma towns while he was living in Coyle. John has never done anything half-way; “quit” and “give up” are words not included in his vocabulary. During this same time period, John was building and selling houses in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Back in the day, John was a frequent rodeo entrant. John excelled in roping and won many statewide and national purses over the years. He retired from competition about 6 or 7 years ago.

Jenny Johnson told me, “John never lost his passion for his loved ones, his business and his hobbies. Johnny would do anything – move mountains for his friends – and he did. He was there for them in good times and bad with no strings attached. Johnny expected nothing in return.

“His persona was ‘gruffy,’ but inside he had a soft heart. Johnny was a humanitarian and a great son, brother, father, grandfather and friend. If I were going to go to battle, I would want him on my side.”

When I asked Jenny if she remembered a recent humorous story about John her reply was, “Yes, the $4 fish story.”

Notebook ready, pen poised, I was ready to write fast as she continued, “It was about 10:00 A.M. when Johnny and I took our poles down to the boat for a day of fishing on Keystone Lake. We fished all day and caught none. He was determined that the fish would start biting. About 6:00 P.M. – still no fish.”

Jenny told him, “Johnny, get it through your head. There’s no fish in this lake.”

“I guarantee they will start biting,” he said.

“Johnny! You’re out of your mind.” “I’ll make you a bet.”

“Okay, have it your way. I have $2 in my purse that says you are not going to catch a fish in the next 30 minutes.”

“You’re on,” Johnny said.

Jenny told me at that point, he drove the boat under the bridge near Pier 51 and baited 4 fishing poles to increase his chances. She reminded me that John is very competitive.

About 6:15 P.M. John turned to her and said, “Let me give you a dollar and lets call it good.”

Jenny was having none of that, “No! I’ve got $4 in my purse that says you’re not going to catch a fish in the next 15 minutes.”

“It’s on,” was the familiar reply.

This was Jenny’s opportunity to give him a hard time, “because he loves that.” She began the minute to minute countdown to the $4 bet that she was determined to win.  Jenny said at 6:25 P.M. the smallest, tiniest, baby catfish jumped up on his pole.

“Oh, my gosh,” John exclaimed, “It’s not bigger than my hand. I don’t normally kiss fish, but you are my $4 fish!”

“He was so competitive that he had to win the $4 bet and for weeks afterwards, he laughed and bragged, telling the story of winning $4 from me. He was so proud of winning that bet,” Jenny said.

She went on to tell me that people often wondered how a man and a woman could have a friendship that close. Jenny says “It’s because we are similar in personality and very competitive. We love giving each other a hard time. We are just the best of friends. John is a kid at heart.”

Then I asked Jenny if she would share another side of John with me – a heart-warming story. It was the briefest of moments before she began to speak again, “John was still active in the rodeo circuit and was in attendance in Guthrie when a gentleman had a heart attack. John performed CPR on him and continued to do so until the ambulance arrived and the EMT’s could take over. Later the man wrote a beautiful letter to John thanking him for saving his life.”
Click on photo to the right for full view.

John had told the man, “You’re not going to die. I am going to keep you alive.” And,

Jenny said, that’s what he did.

John Baker’s family and loved ones are doing everything they can now to find him and Jenny says if John knew “this is all going on, he would be so touched at the overwhelming responses.”

November 15, Monday, was the last time John and Jenny spoke. November 17, Wednesday, is the last time any known person has seen or talked with John. His mother is in her eighties and agonizes through each day – never knowing when the phone rings if it will be news about her oldest son. Carmen begs the news media and each of you to keep the story of her dad’s disappearance going. John’s brother, Harvey, spends every waking moment thinking of ways to find his brother. What stone have they left unturned, he asks himself over and over.

John helped others, and it is our turn to help him and those who love him. Spread the word. Do the right thing.The clock continues to tick … John Baker did not disappear into thin air. Someone knows what happened and knows his current whereabouts. Help the Tulsa Police Department find John Richard Baker by calling Crimestoppers: 918-596-COPS (2677) is answered out of the country. You may also call: 918-596-9183 or 918- 596-1336. ONLY if your call is urgent, dial 911!

Surveillance video shows a man John's family didn't recognize at his house the day after he disappeared has been indentified and he was there on legitimate business. With that mystery solved  - we still have to find Johnny.
Baker's vehicle is identical to this one, minus the bed cover: TRUCK

Lets bring John Richard Baker home
before Christmas 2010!



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