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G. W. Walker


11/20/1924 - 12/09/2014 Obituary
G. W. Walker Obituary
G.W. Walker, petroleum engineer, dedicated family man, and avid golfer, passed away at home on December 9, 2014 at the age of 90.
He was born in Conroe, Texas to Mary Francis and George W. Walker. One of seven children raised on the family farm, he learned his dedication to hard work and love of family.
G.W. was schooled in Conroe then attended Edinburgh Junior College where he played basketball and football on winning teams in 1941 and 1942. His college time was interrupted when G.W. elected to join the Navy with his brother Herschel where both of them served in the Pacific aboard the USS Noble from 1944 -1946. After his service, G.W. returned to Edinburgh JC where he showed his leadership skills serving as Vice President of the class of 1948. He graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Petroleum Engineering in 1951.
His 35-year career with Mobil Oil Company began in Premont, Texas. This is also where he met his mate for life, Leota Cleveland, at the Baptist Church. After dating two years, they married January 16, 1953, and had their first of three daughters on December 31st.
G.W. took his work seriously. G.W. helped obtain a patent for Mobil's enhanced oil recovery program in California where he lived in Bakersfield for 44 years. His career efforts impacted domestic production in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, California, and Alaska, and international production in Lagos, Nigeria. This granted Leota and G.W. the opportunity to travel.
As a father, G.W. stressed doing well in school, being respectful of others, and loyalty. Financial awareness and Christian values were paramount. Each summer, his vacation was spent traveling by car to visit family and friends.
Through his golfing and church activities, G.W. created his community of friends. He enjoyed playing tournament golf and Team Play where he made his second hole-in-one.
G.W. is survived by his brothers Jude and Don Walker, his lovely wife, Leota, his three daughters, Suzanne Mettler (Brian), Theresa Knox, Cindy Macy (Alan), and his granddaughter Lola Macy.
Services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park Chapel, 3700 River Blvd., on January 17, 2015 at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Honor Flight Kern County, 8200 Stockdale Hwy, Suite M-10, Box 255, Bakersfield, CA 93311.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 11, 2015
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