Clarence “Bill” Walker, 84, passed away in Omak on Aug. 21, 2015.
He was born on Aug. 22, 1930, to Clarence and Goldie Walker of Winthrop. Bill was raised in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Other than during his time in the war and a short time in Seattle, he lived his whole life in the Methow Valley. He married Louise Albin in 1954, then after her death he married Ann Grass in 1992.
He retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1980 after more than 20 years of working in the woods and fighting fires. After his retirement, he worked for Lloyd Logging, Starcrisp and other places. Finally, at 70 he learned how to be retired and took up backpacking, which he enjoyed for the next 10 years. Bill enjoyed the outdoors through work, camping, hunting, snowshoeing, and hiking. He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1992, where he held the priesthood and temple privileges. He is survived by his wife, Ann; one sister, Marg Adams; daughter Traci Walker; four grandchildren, Aletha Duran, and Trent, Jared and Tyler Martin; and three great-grandchildren, Makayla, Allie and Riley Duran; six step-children and their children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, four daughters, a step-daughter and five brothers.
A memorial service will be held at the Winthrop Barn on Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Precht-Harrison-Nearents is entrusted with the arrangements.