Harold "Dean" Walker, age 78, was born in Bogata, Texas, on Jan. 21, 1935, to the late Johnny Walker and Annie Maude Walker-Dowden.
Dean grew up in Yuma, and then moved to California in 1955. He worked for and retired with Macco Construction and belonged to the Local 364 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union. After his retirement, he and his loving wife of 25 years, Connie Walker-Sabo, who preceded him in death in 2007, moved to Kingman, Salem, Ore., and finally in 2007 Tucson.
While in Kingman, Dean served as a deacon and audio/visual aide for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Dean was a loving husband and father, faithful Christian, and was one of the most kind and unselfish men his family ever knew. Dean was an avid fisherman, loved the outdoors and treasured the time spent with family and friends.
Dean died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Graveside services were held Feb. 16 at Citizen's Cemetery in Flagstaff, Ariz. He is survived by his two daughters, Cindy James and Rachael Ottley; and four step-children, Renae Randall, Rich Giberti, Mike Giberti, and Melanie Winkler. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dean, also known as Dad, Papa and other affectionate endearments will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
"The world is a sadder place since you have gone but I know that there was rejoicing in Heaven as another soldier made it home. Rest in Peace!"