In Memoriam - Steve Walker
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Posted by: Kristen Evon
Steven Franklin Walker, RPLS #4425, born on November 13, 1946 in Columbia, Missouri passed peacefully from this life on January 13, 2017. Steve was surrounded by his loving family.
Steve was born to Franklin and Helen Walker while his father was completing his education at Columbia University, Columbus, Missouri. Soon after Steve’s birth his father Franklin graduated from Columbia, and the family made their way back home to Texas.
In 1965, Steve graduated from Midland High School, moved in the fall to attend college at The University of Houston, Houston, Texas.
Steve always felt fortunate to have grown up in the Fifties and Sixties and enjoyed sharing wonderful stories about Texas during the 1960’s. Music played a big part in the Houston and Austin area during this era. Steve and a group of close friends formed a “Jug Band” and Steve played washtub bass.
During the summer breaks from college Steve was employed with a surveying company. Steve’s earliest surveys were conducted in Oklahoma and the shorelines on the Texas Gulf Coast.
These wonderful experiences connected Steve to the land, and the unique history interwoven with boundary surveys. Soon Steve realized that he wanted to combine his love for the outdoors with the profession of land and boundary surveying.
Steve was offered a job in surveying and left Texas for the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, New Mexico and Alaska. Steve lived and surveyed for five years in Boulder, Colorado; lived and surveyed for five years in Silver City, and Pinos Altos, New Mexico. Steve was especially fond of the rustic beauty of the Gila Wilderness area in southwestern New Mexico. Steve was a member of the Gila Southwest New Mexico Chapter of Surveyors and Mappers.
While living and working in Colorado and New Mexico, Steve was introduced to the sport of falconry, Steve spent many years owning, caring for and becoming an expert in this field.
Steve was a member of North American Falconers Association and cared for quite a few beloved hawks and falcons throughout the years.
Steve’s next adventure took him to Alaska, where he greatly enjoyed serving as a fishing guide in the remote and pristine area on the Little Susitna River.
Alaska was a wonderful dream fulfilled for Steve, however once again, Texas called him back home. Ken Barnes, Brewster County Surveyor, was given Steve’s name by a close friend and Ken contacted Steve in Alaska. Steve accepted Ken’s offer to come out to survey in the Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Jeff Davis and Presidio County.
Steve returned to Texas in the fall of 1978. Steve moved from the outback and remote banks of “The Little Su” river to the rustic and majestic country of the Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, Texas, the Rio Grande River and the banks of Terlingua Creek. Steve enjoyed many years and wonderful adventures living and surveying with Ken Barnes, Benjie Bell and Tom Shortt in South Brewster County and the greater Big Bend region of Texas.
Steve met Diana, love of his life and life partner, in South Brewster County, during the Christmas and New Year’s break 1981-1982. Diana moved from the Houston area to Alpine to finish her last year of college at Sul Ross State University. Steve continued to live and survey in south Brewster County, the surrounding tri-county area and Alpine, Texas.
Diana and Steve were married on June 11, 1983. Together they welcomed three children into the world, Molly, Samuel (Sam), and Travis.
Steve continued to survey the land he so loved, also enjoyed employment and surveying with Elbert Bassham, of Bassham Land Surveying in Marfa, Texas. Steve earned his Registered Professional Land Surveyor Texas License, and his Licensed State Land Surveyor License. Steve was appointed Brewster County Surveyor in July 1986 and was elected Brewster County Surveyor in November 1986 and remained Brewster County Surveyor until his death.
Steve established and operated Walker Land Surveying in 1986 until his passing. Tom Shortt has been a long time, trusted friend and employee of Steve’s for over thirty years. Steve loved his profession, and was admired and respected by many surveyors, friends and family.
Steve’s expertise of old ancient boundary surveys, old, difficult to locate rock mounds, will be fondly remembered, admired and greatly missed.
Steve was diagnosed with Stage IV Esophageal cancer the latter part of May 2017. Steve courageously fought this battle, never giving up, retaining his faith and love for his family and life.
Steve will be forever remembered for his convictions of what truly mattered in life. Steve had the ability to find humor in nearly every circumstance, this remained with him, despite his darkest hour. Lastly, his honorable, humble character, which will serve as a remarkable reminder of how one continues to live a life well, despite all odds.
Steve will be forever remembered and deeply missed by his loving wife Diana and their children Molly, Sam and Travis.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Redfield Walker and Franklin Warden Walker, and mother-in-law, Virginia Lou Crawford Damon.
Steve leaves to cherish his precious memories, his loving wife Diana, daughter, Molly ; sons, Samuel “Sam”, and Travis Walker; his brother James and wife, Kelly Walker, of Dallas, Texas; Father -in-law John W. Damon ; sister -in-law Virginia “Ginny Kate” Shackelford, husband David and family; brother-in-law John Wesley Damon; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews of West Columbia, Texas and Brazoria County, Texas, his many pets and friends.
Steve’s family, Diana, Molly, Sam and Travis would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the many friends and family members who have shown support, love and kindness throughout this painful period of our lives.
“Our deep loss is Heaven’s gain, as Steve is now free from all pain and suffering, and is now home, surveying the boundaries of Heaven.”
The family held a private Celebration of Life Memorial Service in Steve’s honor.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Steve’s honor to the Alpine Humane Society or the Grand Companions Humane Society in Fort Davis Texas.