Thursday, January 31, 2008

Grandpa Jack

Jack Hamlin Walker
Jack Hamlin Walker 1915 ~ 2008 Jack Walker, age 92 died on January 28, 2008 in Sandy. He was born on May 23, 1915, in San Diego to Rowland and Marion Walker. He married Edith Roncarati on July 1, 1939, in Burlingame, CA. Jack was an avid sports and outdoorsman. He was a pioneer Utah skier who worked on the construction of Ecker Hill, site of numerous world-class ski jumping events. During the '30s he was a class "A" ski jumper. He remained an active skier until he was 89 competing in many of the locally sponsored events and often winning in his class. He was a member of the Wild Bunch, but his closest skiing companion, from age 10 on, was his friend Vern Nichol. Jack had a passion for Western history and poetry written by Kipling, Service and Noyes. He reveled in the lives of men like Jedadiah Smith, Jim Bridger and in many ways he was a Mountain Man trapped in the 20th Century. Jack is survived by his wife of 69 years, Edith, two daughters, Judith (Stephen) Lea Vell of Alamo, CA; Pamela Hamon of Long Island, NY; four sons, David (Tina) of Sandy, UT; Michael (Michelle) of Sandy UT; John (Rose) of River Falls, WI; Steven (Laural) of Logan, UT; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. There will be a vigil and rosary at Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 South Highland Dr., Thursday Jan. 31, from 6-8 p.m. The funeral mass will be on Friday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 a.m., Blessed Sacrament Parrish, 1745 East 9800 So. Sandy. Friends may call one hour before. Jack will be interred at Holladay Memorial Park. SINNER THAT I HAVE BEEN, HEAVEN HAS REJECTED ME AND HELL CAN'T WAIT TO GET ME. BUT, WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER I'LL SKI THERE TOO!
I lost my grandpa on Monday night, and will miss him very much! His sweet spirit and excitement for life was contageous. He was a great skier and I wish that I had the opportunity to ski with him one more time. We love you grandpa!


Darbee and Zach said...

Oh Tey! I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa! He sounds like a fun, neat guy. Let us know if there is anything we can do.

The Royal Family said...

Hey tey, we love you we are soooo sorry to hear about your grandpa we recently lost (chris') a grandpa too and we know how difficult it can be. Let us know if you need anything!
We love you!
The King Family

Goodman Family said...

I was sorry to hear this when Morgan told me the news. It is always so bitter sweet because we love them so much but we know they are going to such a better place.

Nick and Laura Nielsen said...

I'm sorry to hear about your grandpa! Let me know if you need anything... I can always watch Walker for you. Boston would love to play with Walker.

Lynley said...

Oh Teylor I am so sorry but it sounds like he lived an honorable life. Thank heavens for great examples!

Jorg Family said...

So sad about your Grandpa...sounds like he had a good life! Hope all is well with you guys.


Alder Family said...

Sorry about Grandpa Jack. Annie keeps asking me why he had to go to heaven.

Love the new look on the blog! SO CUTE!