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Star Valley man still working full time to turn 104

A Star Valley man who still works full time will turn 104 years old this weekend.

Sit down with Etna’s Lloyd Baker, and you’ll find it’s hard to tell if he’s working to live or living to work.

“I’m actually in better health than I was 40 or 50 years ago,” said Baker.

Baker, born in 1911, still runs his surveying business, Lloyd B. Baker & Associates. He’s gone from using equipment that could be considered antiques to using GPS units.

“It’s a whole lot easier,” said Baker.

His co-worker, Scott White, said he still loves to go out dancing on the weekends. Bob Jones, who lives in the Star Valley, said that’s not all he’s known for.

“He advertises himself as the singing centennial,” said Jones.

Brittney Perkins, an employee at the Etna Trading Company, said Baker has become a living legend in the Etna community.

“He’s the oldest man I know, yet he’s so with it,” said Perkins. “He reminds me like he’s 30 years old.”

Between the work, singing and dancing it’s hard to tell what it is that keeps Baker going. He said it could be his diet of plenty of both salts and sweets.

“I keep a pocket of peanut M&Ms in my jacket all the time,” said Baker.

That could be the many other things that set him apart.

“It’s been almost 80 years since I had a glass of milk,” said Baker. “It’s been almost 50 years since I used soap.”

Whatever it is, it’s working.

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