John Noah Walker

  • "John you will be missed. The time spent with the other..."
    - Dave & Betsy Imper
  • "I worked with John for a number of years at Peter Kiewit..."
    - Steven Hansen

March 1, 1924 ~ February 16, 2018

John Noah Walker was born March 1, 1924, in Waterford, California to Rosa and Henry Walker, joining siblings Rosa, Don, Donna and Henry. The family moved to Colton, Oregon in 1931, where John grew up and graduated from high school.
He joined the Army Air Corps and served as a bombardier on a B-24 with the 15th Bomber Group based in Italy. He rose to the rank of first lieutenant and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.
After returning from the war, John matriculated at Stanford University graduating with great distinction in Engineering with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society.
When John visited his parents in Colton during a break in school, they introduced him to "this sweet little red-headed schoolteacher named Betty." After a two-year courtship, John's proposal wasn't the most romantic - "What would you like to do this summer?" - but it worked and their marriage lasted nearly sixty-five years, ending with Betty's passing in April 2017. They settled in Vancouver, WA in 1958, where they would raise their five sons, spending the last 53 years in the house they built with a view of Mt. St. Helens.
John joined Peter Kiewit Sons Company after college and worked on projects across the United States and Canada. He did planning and bid preparation for many of the Kiewit projects such as building much of Interstate 5, dams, bridges, jetties, and roads in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He retired as Regional Engineer after over 30 years with the company; but kept in touch with numerous coworkers through an annual pig roast gathering, Christmas cards, and other social events.
After retirement, John and Betty enjoyed traveling extensively, including China, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, South America and the Galapagos Islands. They also took up golf and developed many friendships at Club Green Meadows. This group had annual golf trips and social outings for many years.
Stamp and coin collecting, crossword puzzles, reading and bird watching were long standing hobbies. He served a period as treasurer of the Vancouver Methodist Foundation, which Betty was also very active in, and as treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 525 even long after his sons were no longer active. Along with many other organizations, they also supported Clark College, whose Foundation awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence to him and Betty in 2003.
John believed a person should try to leave
the world a better place than they found it.
He passed away at home in the loving company of family.
John is survived by his sons, Mark (Kathy), David (Deborah), Gregg (companion, Tabitha Sofge), Paul (Colleen) and Jon (Daria); grandchildren, Simxa, Erin, Luke, Lev and Ledeya; and many nieces, nephews, and faithful friends.
Please contact family members about a remembrance gathering.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to Share, Inc. of Vancouver, the Vancouver Methodist Foundation, the Clark College Foundation, or .
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 4, 2018
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