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Walker Carlton

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Walker Carlton Obituary
May 24, 1921 - September 11, 2017
Loved by his family, revered by his students, a decorated soldier and school administrator. He was born in Amarillo, Texas, May 24, 1921 to Walker H. and Grace L. Carlton. Shortly after his birth the family moved to Southern California. Walker spent most of his growing up years in Los Angeles. He started his military career in ROTC in high school. Then he rose to become a platoon sergeant in the Calif. National Guard. He was a 2nd Lieutenant when he was called into service at the beginning of WWII in March of 1941. He saved many American lives as a combat leader in the Philippines at Luzon and Panay. He received a Purple Heart for his injuries and was award the Bronze Star with Valor along with other decorations.
After the war Walker remained in the Army Reserve and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. After the war while attending L.A. City College he met his beautiful wife Carol McCracken and they were married in 1947. They had two children, Lance Daryl and Susan Lynn. He continued his education at UCLA graduating with honors in 1950. He majored in history and began teaching in the LA Unified School District. Believing teaching to be a profession akin to law and medicine, teachers should be paid and treated as such, he readily assumed various professional duties such as textbook selection and curriculum studies. He became active in the teachers' professional associations. He soon saw that the profession would be better served by one teacher organization rather than a number of associations, each representing its own special interest. He became president of the LA High School Teachers Association. In 1978 he was selected by the communities he served, to serve as Director of the Fairfax Complex, a proposal to encourage voluntary integration by offering parents a choice of elementary schools, each with different and high quality curriculum. The proposal was not accepted by the courts. He continued to serve as a vice-principle and principle at John Burroughs Junior High until he retired in 1982, receiving honors from the Mayor and City Council.
Walker and Carol spent many happy years sailing, going back and forth to Catalina Island, and he also formed the Buccaneer Yacht Club and served as its first Commodore. After the sailing years they had a travel trailer and visited many parts of the Western states and Canada. After that they enjoyed going to a ranch in Santa Barbara, Ranch Oso, where the family enjoyed the cowboy life: riding horses, square dancing and enjoying friends.
After his retirement, Walker returned to UCLA and earned a Certificate in Archaeology, then he and Carol spent the next 20 years gong to various archaeological sites cleaning and recording the artifacts excavated from those sites. Their favorite dig site was Repton, England, an Anglo-Saxon and Viking site. Walker was quite good at drawing and was able to reconstruct many of those artifacts in his drawings.
Walker and Carol led an incredible life. They traveled all over the world, even taking Lance and Susie on a couple of their trips. They went to Europe, Africa, England, Scotland, Wales, Hawaii, Mexico, Australia and the Orient.
Walker has left quite a legacy: service to his country, dedication to his career in education in the LA city school system, an ancient numismatic and antiquity collection are just a few of Walker's life endeavors that his family will forever remember. Walker had 5 grandchildren, Rachel, Jenna, Amy, Ashley and Alexis. He also had 7 great-grandchildren. We all loved him dearly.
A service will be held on Monday, September 25th at 1:30 pm at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, Calif. at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather Chapel to be followed by a graveside ceremony with Reverend Keith Uesugi-Hwang, Senior Pastor, officiating.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, 2017
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