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Estes Park resident Mal Walker died Friday October 25, 2013 with his 2 daughters by his side. He had turned 93 years old the day before.
Malvin Early Walker was born October 24, 1920 in Indianapolis, IN. His parents were Howard John Walker and Ann Lorraine Moran. He graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and received a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Jordan Conservatory, now known as the Butler University, Jordan College of Fine Arts in Indianapolis. Mal interrupted his studies to answer the call of duty to his country. As an officer and Army Ranger, he was aboard one of the Allied ships that fought at Omaha Beach, France. He was wounded after the initial invasion, and spent 3 months in an English hospital before returning to the front lines on the German-Belgian border. For his injuries, Captain Malvin Walker was awarded the
. Later, he would receive a second Purple Heart as well as the Bronze Star and many other medals and awards.
After his discharge in 1954, Mal returned to the Jordan Conservatory to complete his Master's Degree in music. He went on to play cello with the Indianapolis Philharmonic, the South bend Symphony and the Jordan Symphony. He wrote several arrangements and scores for string quartets and concertas for stringed bass. His Stringed Quartet Concerta was played at the Rocky Ridge Festival. Mal was a patriot as well as a contributing member of his community. Mal was married to Joan Leatherman from Oct 19, 1951 to June 26, 1967. In 1983, he moved to Estes Park where he was a member of Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, the
of Estes Park where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and Sergeant-at-arms for over 20 years, board member and later Honorary Member of Rocky Ridge Music Festival and Estes Park Music Festival Board, AARP board and the Estes Park Senior Center. He was also Emeritus Director of the Indianapolis Music Ensemble Society. In 1978 he authored the book "Chronological Encyclopedia of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich".
On July 10, 2005 Mal was a guest of the Queen of England and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ending of
World War II
. Estes Park has honored him with proclamations of "Mal Walker Day" on February 15, 2004 and February 15, 2013. On November 9, 2012, the government and people of France recognized his contribution to their liberty and bestowed its highest award to Mal with acceptance into the Knighthood of the Legion of Honor.
Mal is survived by his 2 daughters Sara Walker and Julia Walker Krohn, both of Estes Park and grandsons Jonathan and David Krohn, both of Littleton, CO and a brother Wendell Walker of Rio Rancho, NM. A memorial service will celebrate Mal's life on Monday November 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM at the Stanley Music Hall 333 E. Wonderview Ave. in Estes Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Rocky Ridge Music Center in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. See
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Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Nov. 9, 2013
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