Michael Patrick Walters (aka Spunky)
LOMA LINDA, Calif. - Michael Patrick Walters (aka Spunky), born December 4, 1964, Torrance, California, died September 8, 2010, Loma Linda, California. He is
returning home to his Idaho October 1, 2010.
Michael is survived by his son, Shaun Patrick Walters; father, James Patrick Walters; mother and stepfather, Pam and Bill Kennon; sisters, Witney Fhaner and Laura Unferdorfer; nieces and nephews, Matthew, Meredith, Kaitlin, Layne, Abigail, Emma and McKenna; aunt, Jo Witney; cousins, Mikael, Lisbet, Jonathan, and Kevin. He is also survived by friends too numerous to mention and who Michael's family will love, cherish, and appreciate forever.
Although Michael spent his first 12 years in California, he truly came to life when he moved to Pocatello, Idaho, in September 1976. Once there he attended Franklin Junior High, Irving Junior High, and Poky High. After graduating in 1982, Michael attended ISU, where he joined the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. This is where he became known as Spunky, a name that stayed with him the rest of his life.
He is now an eternal member of the Phi Sigs. In January 1984, Michael joined the U.S. Army, where he proudly served until he was medically discharged in 1987.
In the words of his friend Mitch Popa:
"Mike Walters (Spunky) (Spunk) (knucklehead) passed away a few days ago. In his wake he leaves many sad eyes who will miss him for the unwavering individual he was. We all have so many great memories because of him and he left us wanting more. An honest sign of a life well lived. It's incredible to think about how many memories we all share with Spunk as the common thread. The mornings on the hill, the nights in the bar, the dust left as we just kept truckin' on. Living life in the present and to the fullest may sound like a cliché, but few will argue it was a matter of fact when it came to Spunky. He had a true knack for self-liberation. There was no job, time table or commitment that was going to keep him from putting his line in the water or his edges to the snow."
Michael will be truly missed by all who had the joy of having him in their lives! For those who loved him a gathering to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, October 2, 5 p.m. at First National Bar. His family, along with Rafael and Julia Cde Baca, will be hosting a remembrance service on Sunday, October 3 at 2 p.m. at the Cde Baca Residence, 651 Steed Road, Inkom, Idaho 83245.
Published by Idaho State Journal on Sep. 23, 2010.