Maxwell Galbraith Walker
A light went out. Maxwell Galbraith Walker, born January 15, 1994, lost his battle with drug addiction on December 15, 2015 while undergoing treatment at Hazelden Betty Ford in St. Paul, Minnesota. We have no reason to believe that he intended to end his life, but rather that he thought "this time will be different" when he used drugs in the early hours of that day while residing at HBF. By all accounts, including ours, he was very happy with his job, his new girlfriend, and life in general.
Everything that Max endeavored showed his keen intellect, love of people, and goofy positive spirit. Few, but Max himself, knew the dark shadow that drugs cast over his life. In his short life, he did much to touch so many people. He leaves us with deep sadness, wondering why this had to happen.
He is survived by his mother Bridget Flynn Walker, father Michael Walker, brothers Wheeler and Liam, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial will be held December 29, 2015, 11am at the Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Max Walker's name to Open Recovery's Project Choice, a non-profit dedicated to prevention education and programs for youth in San Francisco and the Bay Area at www.openrecoverysf.org/donate
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