Longtime Orange and Bridge City resident, Dan Barker, will celebrate with friends and family becoming an octogenarian. There will be a community reception for Dan from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at First Baptist Church fellowship hall, 200 W. Roundbunch in Bridge City.  The community is invited to join Dan and his family in celebrating this milestone in his life.

Dan was born and raised in Orange and graduated from Stark in 1950.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1953-1955.  He married Marilyn Miers in 1956 and they were married 53 years when she passed away in November of 2010.  He and Marilyn were active members at First Baptist, working in the Senior Adult Sunday School Department for 23 years and they were involved in the music program for over 50 years.

Dan is a huge fan of Southern Gospel music and Western Swing. Dan worked at DuPont in Orange for 37 and a half years. In 2007, they moved to Cypress, a suburb of Houston, to be near their daughter, Jill Carroll. The reception is hosted by Jill and her husband, Gregg. Please come by to wish Dan a happy 80th birthday. No gifts please! Your presence is his present!