Donald Bruce Walker
1945 - 2020
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Donald Bruce Walker
July 24, 1945 - August 15, 2020
San Diego
Bruce Walker passed away unexpectedly at his Point Loma home on August 15, 2020, at the age of 75.Bruce was born Donald Bruce Walker on July 24, 1945, in San Diego to Donald and Velma Walker. He graduated from Point Loma High in 1963 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 until 1971.While at Point Loma, Bruce launched his wrestling career which eventually culminated in winning the 1963 San Diego-CIF Wrestling Championships in his weight class. Bruce was an amazing athlete and still holds the record for the fastest pin, at 13 seconds, ever recorded at Point Loma High. He also ran Track and Cross Country at PLHS.In later years, Bruce went on to help high school coaches teach basic wrestling moves and become a referee. He was very interested in the wrestling world of competition. He also played competitively in local and regional badminton tournaments up until recently. Bruce always had a passion for photography, for which he received numerous awards and commendations. He also loved surfing and was a regular at Ocean Beach, where he had many friends and acquaintances. As a result of his pleasant personality, he was well-liked by many. Bruce is survived by his sisters Joyce Walker of Santa Ysabel and Janice Stearns, who resides in Washington State, his long-time girlfriend Sadia Yasin, his nephew Chris Stearns, grand-niece Ellie Stearns, and a number of cousins and special friends. Bruce will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. Arrangements are with Bayview Crematory and Burial Services in Clairemont Mesa.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Sep. 10, 2020.
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September 17, 2020
Keep on riding brother. I always enjoyed talking to you
Dustin T. Johnston
September 16, 2020
Bruce and I became friends in 1955. We enjoyed riding our bikes out to the Pt. Loma Lighthouse and we also explored the canyons of Pt. Loma. In PLHS, I attended his wrestling matches and was amazed at his skill and speed in pinning his opponents. We also surfed together and fished for bass and halibut on Shelter Isand. Bruce had a great sense of humor and he did a great impersation of the Marlboro Man which always made me laugh. In recent years, he sent us his great photos of the ocean and wild life. Be at peace old friend.
Gary Grissom
Gary Grissom
September 15, 2020
My wife and I knew Bruce for nearly 30 years through our mutual love of the sport of badminton. We had the privilege of sharing many fun times with Bruce playing badminton, talking football and admiring his beautiful photographs. Bruce had many talents but it was his engaging and unpretentious personality that made him most endearing. We will miss him greatly.
Philip Gonsalves
September 15, 2020
Kip Krueger and I are with the Ocean Beach Green Center and have known Bruce for almost 30 years. We know how he loved nature and we always appreciated his sharing of all his great surf and nature photos. Bruce was hanging out with us the day before his passing and was in good spirits and seemed in good health. We would like to attend a memorial for him if there is one.
Colleen Dietzel
September 12, 2020
Bruce, as the Badminton community knew him was a great friend to us. He was always fun and friendly to be with. Bruce was always the first to offer help at any tournament in San Diego. We will miss him greatly. Thank you Bruce for your friendship.
Joe Young
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