Green Valley, Arizona resident Raymond Walker, 74, died June 28, 2018 at a Tucson hospital after a short illness.
Ray was born and raised in Burns, Oregon where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved to tell stories of his youth, recalling antics and hijinks with his friends and family. He attended Oregon State University for two years and graduated from University of Oregon with a master’s degree, choosing education as his career. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Mu Epsilon (for his superior achievement in the field of mathematics.) He wore the green and gold every chance he got and was rarely seen without a U of O hat.
Ray was a member of the Green Valley Poker Club where he spent most afternoons playing cards with his friends. He was also involved in the shuffleboard club and won awards for his court play. Many of his stories related to the seven years he and his wife spent full-time RVing, seeing the country and making many friends along the way. Ray was a very enthusiastic fan of his wife’s band, “43 Miles North,” and spent countless hours over the years cheering the band on. Band members will miss his assistance loading, unloading, carrying, setting up, doing sound and driving the band and equipment to gigs. He never missed a performance. Ray was a member of the International Western Music Association, supporting songs of the west.
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He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sherry Walker of Green Valley, son Jeffery Walker and wife Cheryl of Vancouver, WA, son Dr. Brady Walker and wife Lisa of Eugene, OR, a daughter Dr. Raelene Walker and husband Chris of San Jose, CA, stepdaughter Susan Rozentals Valle and husband Nick of Sandy, OR, stepson Kyle Black and wife Kalie of Portland, OR, and grandchildren Josh, Sam, Bergen, Lili, Drake, Maddox, Ben and Anna. He also leaves many friends who will miss his sense of humor and tall tales.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the fall when friends return to Green Valley from their summer homes. Contributions can be sent to Ray’s favorite charity, DOGS for better LIVES (formerly Dogs for the Deaf), 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR 97502.

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