Burton Carpenter Walker

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  • "I grew up next door to the Walkers. Burt was always kind..."
    - Laurie MacMillan-Schwabe
  • "Burt was a true giant in the world of duplicate bridge. I..."
    - Carol Davis
  • "Burt was a true giant in the world of duplicate bridge. I..."

Burton Carpenter Walker Eureka, CA November 23, 1922 April 1, 2014 Burton Carpenter Walker born November 23, 1922 in Portland, Oregon to Burton and Lois Walker, passed away April 1, 2014. His was a life well lived, and he will be missed. During World War II, Burt volunteered and served in the Marine Corps for three years. In 1947, he married Mary Jane Hill. After Burt graduated from Oregon State University in 1948, they moved to Eureka, CA. Burt had accepted a position with the Division of Highways. As a Civil Engineer, Burt was employed by the California Division of Highways for over 36 years. During the 1964 flood, he was one of the first people on the scene to access the road damage. Burt was an honorary life member in the Quarter Century Club of the Transportation Department of the State of California. In 1960, Burt learned to play duplicate bridge and after one session, he became an avid duplicate bridge player. He then went on to become the duplicate bridge director at The Sequoia Swim and Tennis Club (later known as Sequoia Bridge Club) in 1970. Burt began working national tournaments in 1975 as well as directing sectional and regional duplicate bridge tournaments. In 2005 he retired from directing duplicate bridge, but continued to play bridge. He was a "Life Master" with the American Contract Bridge League. Burt enjoyed golf and was a past member of the Redwood Empire Golf and Country Club. He liked all sports and his favorite sports team was the San Francisco Giants. Burt was always interested in history, science, astronomy, and geography and loved traveling throughout the United States and abroad. His wife, Mary Jane Walker, preceded him in death in 2000. He leaves behind his son Jeffrey Walker (Liz) of Eureka; daughter Sandra Daseler (William) of Lodi; grandchildren, Sara Ryan (Jamie) of Livermore, Lindsay Daseler of Oakland, Matthew Walker of Eureka, and Christopher Walker of Walnut Creek; great granddaughter Amelia Ryan of Livermore; sister Alice Short of Bremerton, WA and brother James Walker (Shirley) of Seattle, WA; brother-in-law Harry Hill of Eugene, OR and numerous nieces and nephews. Burt's family would like to extend a special thanks to Larona Farnum and the staff at Timber Ridge for their thoughtfulness and care of our father, grandfather, and great grandfather. At his request, no services will be held. Contributions in his memory may be sent to a . Pierce Mortuary assisted the family with the arrangements. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obituaries.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2014
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