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August 20, 2018

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July 21, 2018
Tom and I were roommates at Oklahoma State University for the first semester of 1959, before he received his baseball scholarship to OU. I was able to go home with him to Madill and meet his family and they were great to me. Tom was a great guy and I'm sorry we didn't keep in touch, May he RIP.
October 1, 2017
My prayers are with the Walton family, one of the most influential men I have had in my life, carried what I learned from coach into manhood, it seems as though all the elder warriors are leaving us, but we will meet again coach we love you.
August 20, 2017
Loved listening to your stories in the break room. You are in our hearts.
August 10, 2017
"Johnny Bench". The man always called me Johnny Bench. Loved him for that.

As a 15 year old high school sophomore, Coach Walton had the confidence to assign me a starting role on the best defensive football team in the state of Texas in 1989. The opportunity that Coach Walton provided me developed a tenacious attitude that carried over into my better sport, baseball, which he also loved, where the fight he ingrained during football propelled me to get the most out of my baseball ability as an undersized college athlete. Unknowingly, he was instilling a vital leadership trait that would carry on well past my playing days into my personal and professional life: grit. I am so thankful for that.

Coach Walton also exemplified a dedicated husband and proud father, the same characteristics I expect from my own son's coaches. Coach, I didn't get the chance to say goodbye at the end, although I cherish the encounters we had at Rangers Ballpark (I made sure to come see you and Coach Jordan every time), I will never forget our last encounter at the new Fieldhouse dedication. If I had known that would be the last, I would have told you thank you for and that I love you.

To the Walton's, its always tough to share your husband/father, raising other people's kids. Coach loved it, but he had a sparkle in his eye for y'all, and talked frequently of how great his family was. To y'all, thank you for sharing this great man with us. And to y'all, for that, I love y'all too.