KENAI, Alaska -- Longtime Kenai resident, Thomas Walker, 75, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at his home in Kenai.
Thomas Walker was born in Gardner, Mass., on March 13, 1938 to Lenora Benham Walker and Alvin Rice Walker.
He attended elementary and secondary schools in Athol and graduated in 1956. He attended Clark University in Worcester where he met and married Diane St. Jean Walker in 1959. He graduated with a major in English in 1960.
He taught school, worked for a furniture company and the Easter Seal Society.
In 1969 he returned to school at the University of Massachusetts and graduated in 1972 with a B.S in Wildlife Biology. He then worked as a Senior Environmental Planner for a private consulting firm handling projects throughout the country. He came to Kenai in 1980 and was a Regional Planner for the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association until his retirement in 2000.
At various times he served on the Conservation Commission and the Growth Policy Committee in Spencer, Mass., and on the Board of the Friends of the Library in Kenai.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
He is survived by his daughters Valerie Malanaphy of Kenai and Barbara Graham of Santa Fe, N.M., and two grandchildren, Samantha Graham and James "Jake" Malanaphy IV, both of Kenai.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be donated to either the Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, Alaska 99669 or the Kenai Community Library, 163 Main Street Loop, Kenai, Alaska 99611.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
A memorial service was held at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building.
His ashes will be spread in a favorite woodland area in Massachusetts as were those of his wife, Diane.