Norman Everett Walker (05/05/1928 - 05/05/2011)

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Norman Everett

Of Wallace, Idaho, passed away May 5, 2011 at the Life Care Center of Post Falls, Idaho. He was born May 5, 1928 at Gem, Idaho; Norm was the son of Everett and Violet (Monroe) Walker.

Norm attended and graduated from the Wallace High School in 1947; during his years in high school, Norm won three district boxing titles. He then attended the University of Idaho from 1947-1951; Norm then completed his bachelor's degree at the Idaho State University. During his years at the University of Idaho and in 1948, he was undefeated as a freshman in boxing. In 1949, the University of Idaho Boxing Team became the Pacific Coast Champions and Norm placed first in his weight class. In 1950, the U of I Boxing team were co-champions with the Gonzaga Boxing team, of the NCAA title, Norm placed as runner-up in his weight division. And in 1951 the Boxing Team won the Pacific Coast Conference Championship.

Norm served in the U.S Army in 1951-1953, during the Korean Conflict. Norm boxed for the Sixth Army in the United States Army boxing championship at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He also received the Korean Service medal with two bronze stars and the United Nations Service Medal.

Norm married Sonia Shrout on November 1, 1958 at Mullan, Idaho.

Norm was a P.E. and a U.S. History teacher and a beloved coach of football and basketball. He coached at the Mullan High School from 1956-1965; under Coach Walker the Mullan High School basketball team won the A-4 State Basketball Championship. Norm then started his teaching and coaching career in Wallace. In the 1960s, under Coach Walker, the Miner's football teams won three Panhandle Conference titles. Also under Coach Walker, the Miner's football teams won six league titles in the A-2 Intermountain League. Norm had coached at the Wallace High School for twenty-five years. In 1972, Coach Walker received the Outstanding High School Coach of the Year award from the Idaho High School Coaches Association. In 1977, Coach Walker received the North Idaho Coach of the Year award and in 1980 Norm received the North Idaho Coach of the Decade award.

Norm was inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame in 1987. He was also inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame, and in 2008, the Mullan High School A-4 State Basketball Champions, of which he had coached, were inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame "Legendary Teams of North Idaho".

Norm was a member of the ATO Fraternity while attending the University of Idaho; he was a member of the Wallace Elks B.P.O.E. #331; a member of the Kiwianas and a member of the Idaho Education Association.

Norm loved and enjoyed his family, sports, camping and traveling.

Norm is survived by his wife Sonia Walker of the family home of Wallace, Idaho; two children Valerie and (Jim) George of Post Falls, Idaho, Josette Striker of Lewiston, Idaho; two grandchildren Richae LaBau of Spokane, Washington and Justine and (Brock) Morgan of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; eleven brothers and sisters Eleanor Pratt of Hayden, Idaho, Violet Carrico of Wallace, Idaho, JoAnne Ross of Smelterville, Idaho, Kate Stewart of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, Geraldine Elisoff of Wallace, Idaho, Donna Lee Randall of Moab, Utah, Beverly Cornell of Boise, Idaho, Harold Walker of Grand Junction, Colorado, Jerry Walker of Wallace, Idaho, Bobby Walker of Gem, Idaho and Marvin Walker of Wallace, Idaho; he is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Michael Everett Walker and two brothers Leonard Walker and Everett Walker.

Cremation was held and memorial services will be held on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Wallace Elks Lodge of Wallace, Idaho; a reception for family and friends will follow services at the Elks.

The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Silver Valley Cancer Resource Center, 208 Oregon Street Kellogg, Idaho 83837 or to the Friends of Sather Field, P.O. Box 412, Silverton, Idaho 83867.

You may sign Norm's on-line guest book at www.shoshone

SHOSHONE FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORY KELLOGG, IDAHO is entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Published in Spokesman-Review from May 9 to May 10, 2011
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