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Donald D. Walker, a 20-year resident of Diamond Point, Sequim, died March 30 at age 76 due to complications from a stroke.
Don was born April 12, 1936, in Richey, Montana, to William "Bill" and Lydia (Thompson) Walker.
He grew up in Billings, Montana, rode horses at the Pierce feed lot with his dad, learned to fish with his mother at Dailey Lake and graduated from Billings Senior High School.
Don enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, received honors as an aircraft electronic navigation equipment technician and served as a radio-relay person in Germany.
After his military service, he wed Verna Frank in Billings.
Don studied at Montana State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering before moving to Seattle, Washington. While working for Boeing as a cost analyst, he attended Seattle University and received his master's degree in business.
Don retired from Boeing in 1993 and shortly after moved to the Olympic Peninsula and became an advocate for sports fishing rights.
As a charter member of Puget Sound Anglers, he was instrumental in developing kids' fishing at Carrie Blake Park in Sequim.
Don is survived by Verna, his wife of 50 years; daughters Wendy (Kevin) Morey and Tina Walker and her husband, Adam Smith; two granddaughters; extended family members; and numerous friends.
A celebration of life will be planned for this summer.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Apr. 21, 2013