James Doak Walker
1933 - 2019
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James Doak Walker, retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer and a long time Juneau resident, crossed the bar Sunday January 6, 2019 in the care of his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Audrey. He is survived by his son and daughter in law Jim and Jayme Sullivan and his daughter Lori Scott and son in law Joe Rice. Doak was born in Fowlerville New York on April 17, 1933. He enlisted in the Coast Guard September 21, 1954 and retired as a Chief Radioman on April 1, 1983. During his career he was awarded 6 good conduct medals, the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal. He served on several shore stations as well as the CGC Pontchartrain, CGC Bering strait (twice), CGC Blackhaw (twice), CGC Winnebago and the CGC Mellon. While on the CGC Pontchartrain he was involved in the rescue of Pan American World Airways Flight 6 when it ditched on Ocean Station November (halfway between Honolulu and San Francisco) on October 16, 1956. It was the last leg, Honolulu to San Francisco, of an around the world flight. The Pan American Clipper Sovereign of the Skies tail number 90943 was a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser. It lost two engines and due to excess drag didn't have enough fuel to make it to San Francisco or back to Honolulu so they ditched alongside the Cutter Pontchartrain. All 24 passengers and 7 crew members were rescued with no more than a few cuts and bruises. You can google Pan Am Flight 6 for the whole story. Doak kept in touch with several of the survivors over the years and when Pan American opened the B377 exhibit at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City New York they invited Doak to speak about the rescue. Doak arrived in Juneau in 1978 assigned to the 17th District Communications Center. In 1980 while serving there he went to locksmith school in his spare time and then founded Doak's Lock and Key. Upon retiring from the Lock Shop he sold the business to his Son. He worked for a short time for Air North out of Whitehorse Yukon Territory and cultivated many friendships in Canada. Doak also organized many Coast Guard reunions in Las Vegas and later in Reno. It started out as a 255 foot cutter reunion around 1998 and was held ever other year. It eventually became an all Coast Guard Reunion. He was a ships historian and had volumes of history on all the ships of his era. He was a member of the local chapters of the Moose, the Eagle and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Doak loved people and was always ready and willing to lend a hand if needed. He loved sports and had many friends who met at his place to watch football. Doaks Dugout was the scene of many joyous parties. He will be missed very much by his many friends and shipmates who loved him dearly. There will be a Celebration of Life pot luck at the Moose on Saturday January 19th starting at 5pm. Bring a dish and share your memories of Doak.

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Published in Juneau Empire from Jan. 13 to Feb. 12, 2019.
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December 18, 2019
twas only this morning that I learned of Doak's passing. Doak's obituary obituary tells me that his passing without meeting him is forever my loss.
Arctic Bos'un
November 14, 2019
I'm so sad to hear about Doak's passing. I helped him plan a few of his many reunions in RENO at Harrah's. He still is one of my favorite clients. My 7-year old daughter is doing a school project on the Coast Guard and I pulled out a replica 47' motor lifeboat and came across his obituary. I will cherish all his stories and kindness. I used to call him to check in.... but in reality it was because I needed a good smile for the day! RIP Doak.
Lindsey Grinage
July 17, 2019
RIP Shipmate you are remembered by many one of my favorite mentors. Sorry I didn't hear about this until now. Friends and family condolences to all.
Jack (JCP) Pickard
May 6, 2019
Good Sailing Doak. Enjoyed many of the reunions you put together. A lot of dedication from a dedicated Coastie. Ron {Willie}Williams QM2nd Class Minnetonka
Ronald {WILLIE} Williams
January 30, 2019
Condolences to the family at this time. May God provide you with peace and help to heal your broken hearts.
January 28, 2019
I'd like to extend my condolences to the family and friends for the loss of your loved one James Doak Walker, may the words at 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17 soothe your hearts.
January 28, 2019
Rest in peace Shipmate!
Mark Beattie
January 27, 2019
So very sorry for your loss.PSALM 147:3&5.
January 22, 2019
May your heavenly father bring peace to families and friends in this time of sorrow. Psalm 9:9
January 19, 2019
Doak was the nicest,kindest person I have ever met. He never said no to anyone and always had a smile and a story to tell. Happy Trails Doak.
Hazel Reynolds
January 17, 2019
Doak was a warm and fun-loving man. I remember going to a luau themed party at his house. First time I tried lychee. He came to Ketchikan for work, I believe, shortly after I moved here. He contacted me and we had the most fun and it helped alleviate some of my homesickness to have him here. I hadn't connected with Doak lately, other than by Facebook, but I will miss him.
Terri Robbins
January 17, 2019
January 16, 2019
There will never be another Doak! What a fine man and he truly will be missed. We met on the links of Yukon's Mountainview Golf Course where he'd hop the Juneau-Haines/Skagway ferry and drive the 110mi to swing at balls. And later while he worked for Air North - Yukon's Airline.

One of the brightest stars in this world!

To friends and the family - our thoughts and prayers are with you - thank you for sharing your gentle giant. I know I was richer for knowing him.
January 16, 2019
So glad we visited at Juneau August 2017 after 40 years. Good times at Commsta Hono. Honored to have you as a house guest between day and mid watch shifts. Save a spot for us in the world above. 73's
Dain Webster
January 15, 2019
Doak you will missed by everyone you met. I am a better person to have known you and your family. I will always remember the times at LJ Alarm and the parties and stories told. Rest easy sir and Bravo Zolo
Russell Dalton
January 14, 2019
We first met Doak at a golf tournament many yeas ago, and stayed in touch (usually via golf and/or tournaments!) ever since. He was a wonderful friend. RIP Doak, we will miss you.
Susan & David Hagstrom
January 14, 2019
Although I never served with Doak, I knew of him and finally met him when I attend the 255 reunion that he organized in Las Vegas. He did a great job with those and will be missed.
CDR Herb Hood
January 14, 2019
Doak was simply the finest. RIP, sir.
Doug P
January 14, 2019
You left us a great legacy and sparked many memories for us youngsters. Rest In Peace.
DJ Miller
January 13, 2019
Fair winds and following seas Doak, always enjoyed seeing you when you returned from your golfing trips it was nice to see a Coastie Chief enjoying his life. Rest in peace Chief you will be missed.
Jim Burns
January 13, 2019
Rest In Peace. Served with Doak on the Mellon, well respected man, true gentleman, Many great memories for the family
Dave Rightmyer
January 13, 2019
Rip as my first boss at Juneau you were a great role model and friend.
Philip Tarshis
January 13, 2019
There will only be one Doak. Great friend, and fellow shipmate. God Bless you Doak.
CWO3 Bill Redwine
January 13, 2019
My condolences to Doak's family, he was a great shipmate and exemplified what the Coast Guard stands for. Doak was a friend to everyone he met, he always had time to chat whenever our paths crossed.
Dan McCrummen
January 13, 2019
CGC McCulloch - Bermuda 1952
Meeting Doak at the 2017 Reunion was a true highlight for me. A gentleman and Historian of the Coast Guard. He gave me copies of my ships logs ('51 to '54), which was a true treasure for me. We will up-anchor and carry on until we sail together on that eternal CG Cutter on High. RIP
January 13, 2019
Doak, thank you for all you did for all of us "old coasties", forever grateful. RIP, fair winds and following seas.
Jerry Jones
January 13, 2019
A mentor to a young RM at NMO1 and a great cook! 73's
Cliff Moyer RMCS
January 13, 2019
Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. I only met Doak once, at the 2017 "All Coast Guard Reunion" in Reno, NV., but the experience will be a memory forever. We communicated by phone and some e-mail messages during the brief few years I knew him and he impressed me greatly as a true gentleman and very knowledgeable Historian of the U.S. Coast Guard. I will miss him, and so will his shipmates at the CG Sea Veterans of America. Till we meet again across the bar, Doak......SEMPER PARATUS
January 13, 2019
RIP Doak. It was a pleasure to work with you on reunions and to be your friend. Coast Guard is proud ofe what you did for them. People you helped are eternally grateful you came into their lives. God bless. TOM TUCKER YN1-MA, CGC Storis & Base Detroit.
Tom Tucker
January 12, 2019
Former shipmates are dear and will be missed by all who served together.
RIP Doak
Fred Hardy BMCM USCG Ret
January 12, 2019
RIP Shipmate, we have the watch.
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