2017 Industry Pioneer


Larry A. Baker Sr. was homeschooled in rural Nebraska before joining the Navy and attending school at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  He returned from duty in the Pacific to marry Miriam Virginia Coulter, have two sons, Larry and Russell and settle in Orange, Texas.

Larry spent twenty-seven years with Levingston Shipbuilding Company in Texas and Singapore before he started his own energy enterprise.  He began with Baker Shipbuilding and Baker Marine Companies in Ingleside, Texas before he pioneered or purchased twenty other companies.

His ability to “encourage common men to do uncommon things” enabled his companies’ successes.  With the help of his wife, sons, and countless other men and women along the way, Larry Baker Sr. has developed semis, jack up rigs, cranes, winches and skid units for the energy industry.

Born: 03 April 1925  North Platte, NE