Walter Lynn Lunsford Jr. Walter Lunsford passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at the age of 72. Walter was a long-time employee of Turning Point of Central California, where he spent many years as Chief Operating Officer. He played a crucial role in managing services in achieving their mission of helping young adults and at-risk youth throughout California. He retired from Turning Point in 2013 from Turning Point, and recently worked as a consultant to a local mental health provider. He lived a life of service and generosity, and will be remembered for always putting others' needs before his own. Walt is someone who was frequently sought out by friends and family for advice and support, which he always provided with great love and wisdom. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patsy Joyce Lunsford. Walt and Patsy met in 1958 during a church function in Little Rock, Arkansas. Walt and Patsy lived in several cities in California including their first home in Atascadero that was built by Walt and his father, Walter Sr. They moved to San Luis Obispo where Walt graduated from California Polytechnic State University and later moved to Fresno where he was certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after achieving a Masters in Social Work at California State University Fresno. He pursued further education receiving a Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. Walt and his family eventually settled in Visalia, California where he worked at Turning Point of Central California. Walt was preceded in death by his younger sister Barbara Nilsen. He is survived by his older sister, Norma Buck and her husband William Buck; his children, Walter Russ Lunsford and partner Shannon Leonard, Richard Lunsford and his spouse Karin Lunsford, and Pamela Jacoby and her spouse Steven Jacoby. He had nine grandchildren: Camille Lunsford, Brittany Enos and her spouse Corey Enos, Bradley Lunsford, Jillian Lunsford, Simon Lunsford, Matthew Jacoby, Ryan Jacoby, and Christopher Lunsford, and one great-grandchild Sonny Enos. Visitation will begin from 10am to 1pm on Sunday, June 29 at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel, 127 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia. Services will be held at 9am on Monday, June 30 at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel, 127 E Caldwell Ave. Visalia. A memorial tribute may be offered by logging onto www. salseranddillard.com
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on June 28, 2014
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