Mearl Baker started in the optical business in 1960 at the age of 18 with Benson Optical in Billings, MT. There he learned the ins and outs of surfacing, grinding, and manufacturing of lenses. In April 1964 he was hired by Dr.Lensink, founder of Medical Eye Specialists, to be his head optician for his ophthalmology practice here in Bozeman. In January 1967, Mearl bought the optical side of Dr. Lensinks practice and Baker Opticians was born! Mearl Baker and Baker Opticians are celebrating 52 years this year. Mearl taught his daughter, Kelli from the age of 11 to be an Optician and has taught many others over the years.
Mearl is a Montana native, spending most of his youth in Wolf Point and Eastern Montana. He currently lives in Livingston, MT with his wife Jeanie who is also an Optician. Mearl is semi-retired and is by appointment only.