Milton Herman Walters, of Monticello, Ark., was born Feb. 23,1928, to Milton and Laura Walters. Herman was a gentlemen with integrity and grit. At 86, he had no plans of being corralled but rather to mix with the elements under the open sky. He breathed his last on Earth May 7, 2014, at his daughter's home in Albuquerque under hospice care.
Herman was preceded in death by his wife the late, great, Mary Jo Walters, who died Dec. 21, 1998; son, Wally Joe Walters, June 9, 2000, and grandson, Jason C. Walters, July 14, 2001. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Ann and Lillian. Those
among the living include, Faun Milton Walters, and wife, Patricia; Herman "Hemo" M. Walters and wife Peggy; daughters, Meridee Walters, Lauralee, and husband Greg Harper; grandchildren: Christie Lee and husband Greg Dickenson, Fon "Fono" Milton Walters Jr., Weston Walters and wife Chistina, Willow Dale and husband Albert Bassett, Knowlton Walters, Amy Walters and Jebadiah Taylor Johnston; great-grandchildren, Xavier Alfonzo and Vivian Hwasja Dickenson, Crystal Rose Olivo-Walters, Preston Michael Olivo-Walters and Jameson Daniel Bassett, Skylar Ashton Walters, Landon J. Walters, Beau David Velarde and Brady Rivers Palladino.
Herman and the Walters family appreciate the care and devotion given to him by his step-granddaughter Tina Ward, RN.
In 1948, Herman drove his 1941 Plymouth into Farmington. A friendly and good-looking guy, he came to know everyone in town. Finding friendship among the Mormons, he met his wife, Mary Jo Taylor. They were married 50 years until her death Dec. 2l, 1998.
Herman was known in the oilfield for his quick, accurate calculations and his ability to walk up the dog-house steps on his hands. Because he was amiable, dressed nice and was always clean shaven, he became known as the gentlemen tool-pusher. Before coming to Farmington, he attended Tarleton State University in Texas, where he was a member of the Army ROTC. Herman was also an Eagle Scout. Before becoming the "gentlemen tool-pusher" in the Southwest, they called him the "Odessa Kid," of West Texas.
Working his way up from rough neck to tool pusher, Herman soon became an owner.
He bought out Young Drilling and renamed it Walters Drilling Company where he ran Shiprock Water Hauling, Star W Drilling and Southwest Bit, Tool and Mud Company, with his son, Wally.
Herman's good sense of humor and positive attitude was contagious to anyone around him. He was a dancer, a poet, an avid reader, good at golf and tennis, worked hard, and he was generous. When remembering the old Connie Mack days in Farmington, well known El Paso Gas Co. employee, "Tinny" Sandoval once said, "You just went to Walters Drilling Company and asked Herman, we need $500 to buy this, and he'd give it to you, no strings attached." After losing Mary Jo, Herman sold his companies to Bear Cat Drilling.
Herman had class and he left this earth with class. Like the quote from Thanatopsis, by William Cullen Bryant, one of his favorites, Herman left this earth, "Sooth'd by an unfaltering trust. He approached his death, like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams." Because Herman Walters appreciated hard work and a good education, in lieu of flowers, his family requests any donations on behalf of Milton Herman Walters be made to the Mary Jo Walters Foundation at San Juan College.
A graveside memorial service for Herman and Mary Jo will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 26, in Greenlawn Cemetery, 1606 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington.
Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home
103 East Ute Street
Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times from July 22 to July 28, 2014