Wallace Allen (Wally) Walker of Boise, passed away on July 6, 2016. He was born May 26, 1927 to William F. and Margaret Walker. Wally was raised in Boise’s north end and graduated from Boise High School in 1945. He then enlisted in the Navy and was stationed at Whidbey Island Washington. Wally then attended Boise Junior College and Washington State University, graduating from WSU in 1950. During that time he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and he was actively involved with the Intercollegiate Knights and served as National President. Wally then worked for the Boy Scouts of America. He married Gwendolyn Austin in September of 1950. After living in Walla Walla, Washington for a year, Wally and Gwen returned to Boise. Wally began his real estate career at Day Realty and later formed his own real estate company. The Real Estate Commissioner asked him to write the first Real Estate Manual for the State of Idaho. Wally was recognized as Idaho Realtor of the Year in 1965 and served as president of the Boise Board of Realtors. He began teaching Real Estate at Boise State College and enjoyed sharing his love of real estate with others by teaching courses across the United States. Wally was involved in the Boise community and served as the building chairman for the Boise Y.M.C.A. from 1962 – 1969. He led the effort to establish the building that is now the Downtown Y. The Y.M.C.A. is an organization that he whole heartily believed in and was a lifetime member of the Treasure Valley Y.M.C.A. In the early 1970’s Wally served on the Boise Greenbelt and Pathway committee to help the city plan and develop Boise’s beautiful Greenbelt. Wally and Gwen were also active in the Boise Jaycee organization and here they had a large circle of friends who loved getting together for monthly bridge parties. He led the fundraising effort to establish the building of what was the University Christian Church. Wally was a member and elder of the First Christian Church (later University Christian).
Wally is survived by his four children, Susan (Mitch) Lowe of Beaverton, Oregon, Scott (Sandy) Walker of Tucson Arizona, Sandy (John) Orlovich of Boise, and Stephanie (Jan) Walker of Oregon City, Oregon. He is survived by five grandchildren, Jake and Jeff Lowe, Jason and Greg Walker, and Nicole Orlovich.
He is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren and by his sisters, Faye Harter of Medford, Oregon and Bertha Jeffers of Mililani, Hawaii and 3 nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make gifts in memory of Wally to the Treasure Valley YMCA 1177 W. State Street Boise, ID. 83702
A committal service will be held at 10:00 AM on August 5, 2016 at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Wally’s memorial webpage at www.aldenwaggoner.com
May 26, 1927 – July 6, 2016