Long-time La Jolla resident Walt Hall died peacefully in Portland, Oregon, on March 30, 2013. He was 91 years old. His children were near. Walt was born in Dayton, Ohio, on January 19, 1922. |
He is preceded in death by his wife, Ella McPike Keane "Pikey" Hall; his brother, John "Jack" Hall; and two daughters, Lucy Hall Dunn and Emily Patterson. He is survived by three children, Michael Hall and Teresa Keane of Portland and Georgene Hall of Denver. Walt was also the grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of seven.
Walt belonged to the Greatest Generation and served bravely in WWII as an Amphibian Tank Unit Corporal in the US Marine Corps. He fought in the Pacific Theater, including the Battle of Iwo Jima. In the Mariana Islands, he took command of his unit when the first and second officers were killed in battle. He was 22. Walt was awarded the Bronze Star for his valor.
Walt grew up in La Jolla (LJHS '39) and happily retired there with wife Pikey after a long career on the road in clothing sales and management, rising to National Sales Manager for Wrangler jeans.
In retirement he found great joy in raising funds for La Jolla Parks and Recreation, helping restore aging sidewalks, stairways, hand railings, and playgrounds. His favorite project was the upkeep of the La Jolla Recreation Center. Walt was a member of the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla and the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. Walt was fond of saying that San Diego has the best weather in the country. He enjoyed gardening and kept beautiful roses. He often brought the day's loveliest bloom in for Pikey.
As illness cast its deepening shadow, Walt's loyal heart remained true. Always a fighter, he spoke of one constant wish, to return home to La Jolla. Semper Fi is the Marine motto. Always faithful, Walt has come home.
In August, Walt and Pikey's ashes will be scattered over the Pacific at sunset by their family.
Donations in his memory can be made to the
, the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial (where Walt and Pikey have adjacent plaques), or All Hallows Catholic Church, where the couple worshipped.
Submitted by Georgene Hall, Walt's Youngest.
Published in La Jolla Light on Apr. 11, 2013