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JON BAKER - A CLOSER LOOK

JON BAKER

ALASKA

I am many things....,I am an adventurer, a hunter, a guide, and a keeper of this great land...I'm a devoted father,...I am a professional golfer and an inventor. I am also a survivor. I live in Alaska, the last American frontier and a world of endless adventures. WELCOME TO MY STORY.

IN THE END, IT'S NOT THE YEARS IN YOUR LIFE THAT COUNT.

IT'S THE LIFE IN YOUR YEARS. - A B R A H A M L I N CO L N

“I WANT TO EXPERIENCE EVERY DAY AS IF IT WERE MY LAST BY SHARING AMAZING ADVENTURES WITH FRIENDS AND EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE.”

Jon Baker was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona to parents June and James Baker. He was one of seven children, the second to the youngest. Jon's heroes growing up were his Mom and Dad, who were married for 22 years. Early on, Jon was drawn to several sports heroes as well...Ken Venturi, Jack Nicklaus, Joe DiMaggio, and Johnny Unitas. Sports became a part of Jon's life at age five, when he started playing golf with his father. When Jon was six, his brother Noah was born and they became best friends and golfing buddies. Noah started playing golf as soon as he could walk!

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GOLF Golf has been an integral part of Jon's entire life. He played in his first golf tournament at age 8. Many tournaments followed, Jon excelled at the sport, and soon Jon and his brother Noah were traveling all over the US competing. From 1978-82, Jon was selected by Golf Magazine “Best of the Best” to serve on the All-American Junior Golf Team.

Jon’s father, James, passed away in 1986.

“HE WAS MY MENTOR, MY COACH AND MY INSPIRATION. HE TAUGHT ME SO MANY THINGS NOT ONLY ABOUT GOLF, BUT LIFE. I WOULD HAVE NOT ACCOMPLISHED ANY OF THE THINGS THAT I HAD IF IT WEREN’T FOR HIM AND MY AMAZING MOTHER...THEY TAUGHT ME TO BE GRATEFUL AND ALWAYS ACKNOWLEDGE THE HAND OF THE LORD IN ALL THINGS THAT ARE GOOD.”

After a very successful junior, high school, amateur and college golf career, Jon became a professional golfer in 1990. In his first few years as a pro, Jon had multiple wins and over 30 Top-Ten finishes in various State Opens and MiniTour Events. Jon played on the PGA Hogan Tour, California Golden State Tour, Arizona Desert Tour, and Canadian Tours. He enjoyed competing but soon realized that his passion was teaching golf, fly fishing, and hunting which he had missed very much while he was abroad.


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GOLF

HONORS & ACCOLADES Here are just a few of Jon’s accomplishments...

Future Masters Champion Overall Junior Amateur Winner of the Andy Bean World Pro Junior while playing with golf legend Sam Snead Outstanding Junior in the Country by Golf Magazine for five years in a row (ages 11-15)� Four-time Divisional High School Champion Phoenix Thunderbird Champion North & South Junior Champion Donald Ross Junior Champion PING Junior Champion Karsten Junior Invitational Champion Medalist in Tournament of Champions 1977-78 Junior World Champion 1983-84 Junior World Champion 1981 Arizona State High School Champion 1982 Arizona State High School Champion Basha's Southwest Arizona Open Champion – Amateur in Pro Division Golfer of the Year by the Phoenix Gazette 1981 Arizona Outstanding Athlete of the Year 1984-1988 Brigham Young University-Recipient of Full Golf Scholarship Third in Japan at the USA Japan Intercollegiate Western Amateur Sweet 16 Finalist 2014 - Inductee into the Mesa, AZ Sports Hall Of Fame


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ADVENTURES ABROAD THE MISSION FIELD “In 1988 I decided to serve a mission for my church despite a professional golf career ahead of me. I felt like I needed to serve the Lord for all my wonderful blessings that I had been given...two years of my life in the service of Him and others would be nothing in comparison to what I had already been given.” Jon was called to serve for two years in the mission field. He was sent to the Portuguese Azore Islands. He learned to speak Portuguese on the Island of Terceira, where he began service projects and studies of the people and their customs. He also served on the islands of Sao Miguel, Madeira, the city of Funchal, and Gran Canaria in Spain. While in Gran Canaria, Jon also learned to speak Spanish to better communicate with the people. “It was an amazing experience and I grew a great deal. I missed family and friends, playing golf, fishing, and hunting... but learned more about what really matters most.”

THE CORPORATE WORLD From 1990 to 1996, Jon worked for Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, aka PING Golf Company, in Phoenix, Arizona. He was very fortunate to have worked with the late Karsten Solheim, the founder and President of PING. His job responsibilities also included customer service, corporate outings, product testing, equipment promotion, sales and professional events. From 1996 – 1998, Jon attend PGA Business School.


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ARCTIC ADVENTURES THE ARCTIC For six winters, 2009-2014, December through May, Jon worked as a “cat skinner� in the extreme Arctic of Alaska, operating Case III Steigers across frozen tundra and trails. With Arctic temperatures as low as -50 and 100+ hour weeks, he worked on the North Slope Oil Fields doing environmental projects. During my time working in the Arctic, I was part of a five-man crew. We traveled hundreds of miles hauling supplies and equipment across frozen tundra to remote job sites. We were the lifeline to the job site traveling back and forth from a designated location to receive equipment and cargo then load it and transport it back to the camp. We encountered extreme conditions and our average speed was 5 MPH as we crossed frozen rivers, lakes, ravines, steep hills, and snow drifts on ever-changing trails. Our living quarters were metal-sided cars built on steel skies that one of our crew pulled behind us. We would usually stop around 7 PM to refuel our tractors and generator that supplied us with electricity for our needs. We had a kitchen car, sleeping quarter cars, and a tool shop with every tool imaginable. Often, the trips one way took 3-6 days, depending on weather. With plenty of quiet time traveling, I was often able to reflect on my life and where my next adventure would take me. Along the way, we saw lots of wildlife. Caribou, Moose, Wolves, Wolverines, Grizzly Bear, Polar Bears, and Ptarmigan. I look back with awe on Nature's Arctic wonders that were revealed to us out on the trail.


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GOLF ADVENTURES INVENTOR In 1990, Jon developed – Motion Memory Golf Instructional Program. His design of patented equipment will improve golf instruction worldwide. The patented Lever 90 is coming soon! motionmemorygolf.com

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GUIDING Starting in 2000, Jon began guiding seasonally in Alaska. In 2005, Jon became a full time resident of Alaska to fully pursue what had pulled at this heartstrings his entire life...the passion and love for the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He continued his work as a heavy equipment operator during the winter months, and guided during the summer and fall months.

LIFE-CHANGER September 27, 2010, after harvesting his first mountain goat solo in the Chugiach Mountains of Alaska Jon was caught in an unexpected snow storm. While traversing the steep cliffs Jon slipped and fell over 400 feet down the mountain. Jon spent 15 grueling hours on the mountain with hypothermia, severe back, head and leg injuries. The search was called off because of the sever weather conditions. They told Jon’s fiancé Melinda that the only way they could risk going back out into the storm was if they had an exact GPS location. His only chance was a miracle, quickly Melinda researched and found a way to get Jon’s location if only he was able to call her again on his satellite phone. Not knowing any of this Jon attempted to make it down on his own after Search & Rescue helicopters had left the area. He fell again and slid to the edge of another cliff. Now he was stuck not able to move. His prayers had gone from pleading for his life to gratitude for the life he had been given. Wanting to hear Melinda’s voice he made one last desperate call with very little battery left. The call went through Melinda answered and then the phone died. Thats all Melinda needed to get Jon’s location. He was later found by the Air National Guard and search & rescue. This experience changed Jon's life. Jon’s life came down to a six second call, “I was given a second chance and it’s a true miracle that I am alive today!”


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FAMILY MAN Jon is a devoted Father to his baby girl Emma and step sons, Seth and Jakub. The family enjoys fly fishing, archery and rifle hunting. Seth is on the Olympic Development Program Soccer Team representing the state of Alaska. Jakub loves to help Jon guide, and both boys play golf.

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AWARD In 2015 the idea was conceived to film and produce and outdoor TV program about Jon and his life in Alaska and filming began in June of that year. With only 18 months to film 13 fishing episodes and 13 hunting episodes, the logistics alone were going to be an amazing feet (not to mention getting all of the footage needed). After months of hard work, Jon sent an amazing sizzle real to the Outdoor Sportsman Group, and after they saw the amazing footage, an agreement was signed and Jon Baker’s Guide for Adventure was born. All 13 fishing episodes were finished and began airing on December 27, 2016, (for the 2017 Season). Jon Baker's Guide 4 Adventure still had to finish filming very important parts for the premiere first episode of the Hunting Show, which was entitled Overcome. This episode would be a reenactment of Jon's amazing “shouldn't be alive” accident that took place in the Chugach Mountain Range of Alaska in 2010. In December of 2016, Jon and two cameramen began the difficult task of filming in the steep mountains and cold weather. During the dangerous episode, Jon did all his own stunts as he reenacted to the best of his ability all aspects of the fall and the details of this amazing experience. Jon knew that this episode was the most important one of them all because it had to be told as real to life as possible. As Jon put it, “The Lord had answered my prayers and it is without a doubt a true miracle that I am alive today! There's not a day that goes by that I don't thank the Lord for saving my life. The episode gave me a way to thank those people who had played a vital part in rescuing me —


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AWARD specifically Melinda (my girlfriend at the time), the Alaska State Troopers, Search and Rescue, and the amazing AIR NATIONAL GUARD 210 Rescue Squadron!” Finally, all of the filming and editing was finished and the hunting episodes began airing in July of 2017. The response was astounding, the show received positive reviews from the network and viewers. The Lord had truly blessed us in so many ways and miracles were happening daily. I am so grateful to the Lord and for all those who worked endless hours and contributed so much to the show. As the last airing finished in December of 2017 the nominees for the Outdoor Sportsman Group Golden Moose awards were announced. Jon Baker's Guide 4 Adventure was nominated in three different cater-glories Best Graphics, Best Host and Best Big Game! The winner’s we’re announced on Tuesday, January 9th via the OUTDOOR CHANNEL. Amazingly enough Jon Baker's Guide 4 Adventure a first season show had won The BEST BIG GAME Award! It was another miracle, just to be nominated was amazing but to win was absolutely unbelievable and against so many other seasoned and talented shows. I was so humbled and grateful that this episode that had been dictated to the Lord had touched so many people! Now as we prepare for our 2nd season we are very excited about the future of the show!

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