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Mark Baker, Longtime Panhandle Broadcaster, Dies At 60

Mark Robertson-Baker Mark Robertson-Baker

AMARILLO, TEXAS - Mark Robertson-Baker (born Terry H. Mesler), 60, of Amarillo died on September 4, 2010, of a spinal cord injury. Mark peacefully passed into the next life surrounded by the people who loved him most.

A celebration of Mark's life is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8, at 4:30 PM at the Amarillo Little Theatre Main Stage, 2019 Civic Circle, officiated by the Rev. David Green. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

Mark was born June 25, 1950 in Toledo, Ohio to Wahnita and Mark Mesler. His favorite childhood memories were of the summers he spent with family in Huron, Indiana.

While still in his teens, Mark followed his father into the bakery business working for Taystee Bread Company in Flint, Michigan. Mark took pride in creating made-from-scratch, elaborately braided loaves of bread at family gatherings.

He married Gini Robertson on August 2, 1980 and together they raised two daughters and a son.

Mark began his long and successful career as a broadcast journalist in Hobbs, New Mexico. In 1976, he joined Amarillo's ProNews 7's team of investigative reporters and later worked as a television anchor and news director for KVII, KFDA, KAMR and KACV for more than twenty years. In the 70's and 80's, he covered stories that changed the Panhandle landscape including "Pottergate," the capital murder trials of T. Cullen Davis and Johnny Frank Garrett, and two botched murder investigations that led to the ousting of an Amarillo Police Chief and the conviction of Jay Kelly Pinkerton.

More recently, Mark spent time in Belize documenting the missionary work of The Word at Work. He considered his best days spent on and off stage at the Amarillo Little Theatre. Mark won three ALTA awards, including the highest honor given by the Theatre, the Daniel J. Schwartz award. At the time of his death, Mark was documenting the production of ALT's upcoming musical, South Pacific.

In addition to family and friends, Mark loved three things: a great cup of coffee, a really big boat and a happy ending.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wahnita and Mark Mesler.

Survivors include his best friend of 32 years, Gini Robertson-Baker; three children, Meghan Robertson-Baker, Mark II (Robby) Robertson-Baker, both of Amarillo, and Terry Robertson-Baker of Los Angeles, California. Two brothers, Fred Mesler of Michigan and Michael Mesler of California, along with countless loving friends …and a few people he proudly ticked off through the years.

The family requests memorials be to the Elise Keely Carlton scholarship fund at the Amarillo Little Theatre, 2019 Civic Circle, Amarillo, 79109.

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