Walter Preston Mann III passed away in Encinitas, California, on February 10, 2013, after a long illness. He was seventy-four years old. Walter was born April 9, 1939, in Chadron, Nebraska, to Walter P. Mann II and Edna May (Mc Dermand) Mann.
Walter lived in Nebraska for a number of years before moving to La Jolla, where he completed his primary and secondary education. After graduating from La Jolla High School in 1957, Walter worked in the California Division of Forestry in Ramona and La Mesa and served as Chief of the Fire Crew. Leaving the Forestry Service in 1961, he joined the U.S. Air Force
and served four years as a military electronics technician. Having been stationed in Saint George, Utah, during his four-year enlistment, he remained there after being discharged in 1965. He continued his working career as a member of the Saint George community, married and had five children.
After a spending a number of years in Utah, Walter returned to the San Diego area and continued to write and pursue research in science and history. He was passionate about these subjects, focusing on writing and research. He loved painting, architecture, deep-sea fishing and flying, having attended Flight School at Gillespie Field in the 1950's and 1960's.
Walter is survived by his loving mother, Edna; brother and sister, Dale and Linda; children, Walter, Jane, Ammon, Adam and Heather; and his five grandchildren, Axel, Rylan, McKinley, Carley and Linzey.
A private memorial is planned in Poway, California.