John Wurth Walker, 70, a Gladstone, Ore. resident, passed away of natural causes on Monday, March 19, 2012, at his home.

John was born July 2, 1941 in Chico, Calif. to James and Helen Walker.

He was raised in Sunnyside and was salutatorian of his graduating class at Sunnyside High School.

He ran track in high school and was awarded with several Washington state track records. Following school, John joined the U.S. Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves.

He loved music and concerts and was a band drum major during his time with the guard.

John worked as a surveyor for the city of Portland for many years and then drove truck until retirement. Particularly in his retirement, John loved working on his collection of Datsun Z cars.

John is survived by his son, Brian Walker of Sandy; Ore.; daughter, Heather (Carey) (Walker) Allison of Tigard, Ore.; brother, Victor (Dolores) Walker of Walla Walla; sister, Sharon Walker of Hillsboro, Ore.; and sister-in-law, Joanne Walker of Hillsboro of Hillsboro, Ore..

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Helen Walker; two grandchildren, Joshua and Ryan Allison; and brother, Daniel Walker.

No formal services are planned at this time.

John will be interred beside family at Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima.

On-line condolences may be made at

Crown Memorial Center in Tualatin, Ore. is in charge of arrangements.


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