Percy Bakker was born on a farm in southwest Minnesota on June 22, 1928. He had three brothers and one sister, and was educated in a one-room country school. After high school he moved to Colton to work for his uncle's feed store. He worked mainly in the hardware and lumber industry.
Bakker married Marjorie Oakes in 1948 and they raised three children. They moved to Hesperia in 1957 and he served on the Hesperia Recreation and Park District board for
28 years (1960 to 1988) and Hesperia Unified School District board for eight years (1960 to 1968).
He was one of the founding Hesperia City Council members, where he served from 1988 to 1994. Bakker served as a council member and mayor pro tem. He was also mayor in back-to-back terms: July 1991 to June 1992 and July 1992 to June 1993.
Q: What do people not know about your job?
A: I'm retired.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: Retirement can be a full time job.
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or person, to date?
A: Becoming mayor with the first City Council.
Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?
A: Right where I am.
Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: "A penny saved is a penny earned."
Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?
A: The KISS theory: keep it simple, stupid.
Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?
A: Having my name on a public building.
Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?
A: Most generations are slow to take advice.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: Read books.
Q: What's your favorite movie and why?
A: I have not been in a movie theater in 30 years.
Q: Tell us about a special vacation.
A: Backpacking in the Haleakala Crater in Hawaii.
Q: If you had three wishes, what would they be?
A: Good health, good friends.
Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Owning an old Corvette.
Q: Tell us about your first car.
A: My first car was a 1928 Chevrolet Coupe bought in 1946 for $35. In 1928, autos still had some wood framing in the body. This car's wood was not in good shape so the top was removed, a canvas top was installed and it became the first 1928 Chevy ragtop in Minnesota.
Q: What's the best thing about living in Hesperia?
A: Large lots and open space.
Q: What is your earliest memory of the city?
A: On a day trip from Colton to Big Bear by way of the Van Duesen Road, driving down Main Street we arrived at the Mojave River before we realized that we had driven through Hesperia.
Q: Describe a special memory you have of Hesperia.
A: Starting Hesperia Little League and building the first ball field with volunteers at Lime Street Park.
Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.
A: Victor Valley College Foundation, because it helps students during a critical period.
Q: What's your favorite place to eat in Hesperia?
A: La Casita is a comfortable restaurant.
Q: What new businesses would you like to see come to Hesperia?
A: A midsize manufacturing plant.
Q: If you could change one thing about Hesperia, what would it be?
A: Make Main Street six lanes wide.
Q: How can readers reach you?
A: I'm in the phone book.
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