- Healdsburg-Funeral services are being arranged for Ernest L. Baxter, 59, one of the pioneers in modern fire fighting methods with the use of aerial tankers used by the U.S. Forest Service.
Mr. Baxter suffered an apparent heart attack at 2:30 p.m. yesterday while playing at a Healdsburg Golf Course and died shortly after admission to Healdsburg General Hospital. An autopsy has been ordered.
Mr. Baxter was a native of California and had been reared in Humboldt County. He was a graduate of the California School of Forestry, on the Berkeley campus, where he was a Big C letterman in baseball and one of seven young men who designed air water tankers to put out forest fires. His entire professional career was spent in the U.S. Forest Service in California. He was in charge of operations of the Division of Fire Control, San Francisco, until his retirement in 1963.
He resided at 1325 Hiatt Rd., Cloverdale, California where he had planned on retiring.
Mr. Baxter is survived by his wife, Katherine D. Baxter, Cloverdale and by his sons, Warren Baxter, San Leandro, and Clay Baxter, with U.S. Army in Germany, and 4 grandchildren.
The Fred Young & Company Mortuary, Healdsburg, is in charge of arrangements.