Elzie Richard (Dick) Walker, 85, died January 25, 2017, peacefully at his home in Sequim, Washington. He was born October 26, 1931 at Elma to Elzie and Minnie (Frye) Walker. He graduated from Elma High School in 1949, and joined the U.S. Air Force. After the Air Force he attended Hastings before graduating from San Francisco Law School. In San Francisco, Mr. Walker worked for the court crier, as a clerical aide, and as a law clerk to Judge Oliver Carter. Mr. Walker held positions as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, as a District Attorney/County Counsel, and as a Public Defender. On July 1, 1971, Mr. Walker was sworn in as the first Federal Defender appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, leaving in 1987. In 1993 Mr. Walker retired to Sequim, Washington, where he played golf and shared his passion for cooking. He is survived by his son Colin Walker, and Keico Nakamura; his son Paul Walker and family, wife Julie Walker, daughter Colleen and son Ben; his daughter Beth Walker; and his daughter Catherine Walker McKinney. Contributions in his memory may be made to Planned Parenthood, Mr. Walker having served on the Board of Directors in Sacramento. Or to a charity of your choice
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Published by The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 4, 2017.