Larry L. Walker of Eagle, Idaho passed away peacefully at home on Monday, November 5, 2018. Larry was born December 11, 1939 in Twin Falls, Idaho and graduated from Valley High School in 1958. Larry enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in March of 1958, and 45 days after graduating from High School began his Marine Corps training at Fort Douglas. Larry was a true patriot and was honored to serve his country.
After serving his country for 4 years, Larry came back home and on August 14, 1964 he married the love of his life Jean Ayers at Buhl First Christian Church.
Larry started his career in finance at GAC in Twin Falls and was later transferred to the Treasure Valley. Larry worked for GAC for several years and then eventually went to work for Bank of Idaho as a loan officer and was transferred up to Lewiston as the assistant manager. While in Lewiston Larry received an opportunity to work for Idaho First National Bank and was transferred back to the Treasure Valley. After 26 years in banking Larry helped start up Felco auto leasing and after 3 years of that he decided that it was time to leave the world of finance. Larry worked several different jobs after that - some that he liked and others that he didn’t until he found a job that brought him joy - working as a groundskeeper at Dry Creek Cemetery from 1993 until he retired in 2001.
Larry was a gifted artist and has created many pen and ink drawings recreating Idaho’s historical beauty and capturing nostalgia of days gone by. He has drawn cartoons that were used in advertising and created an illustrated children’s book series for his granddaughter that he has since sent to several of his friends and family members for the enjoyment of their children and grandchildren. During his years in finance, Larry was heavily involved in community service projects with the Garden City Optimists and the Boise Host Lions Club. Larry was very well known and loved in the community. Larry loved the outdoors and always felt that Idaho was God’s country. In his younger years Larry spent many trips with the boys on the river, and as the kids got older he loved to go camping with family at Redfish Lake. Larry also enjoyed writing, and has a whole bookshelf of short stories and fables. He recently finished writing a book about his time in the Marines, which was in the final stages of being published and will be out soon.
Larry is survived by his wife Jean, daughters Veronica Ketchum and Nancy (Phil) Verghese, granddaughter Victoria Ketchum, sisters Elaine (Ron) Foukal, Irlene Gergens and Lynn (Michael) Murphy, brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nieces, nephews and many very good friends. Larry was preceded in death by his son Bradford Charles Walker, parents Ira Lee and Winnie Walker, and son-in-law Scott Ketchum.
The family would like to thank the caring help of Bridges Home Health, First Choice Home Health and Hospice as well as the friends, family and neighbors for everything they have done for Larry and Jean. Memorial services will be held on Saturday November 10th at 10am at Bowman Funeral Home and a private family interment at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with military honors at a later date.