2013-02-28 / Obituaries

Peter John Walker

Peter John "Pete" Walker, age 56, of Big Bear Lake, passed into the eternal embrace of Christ our Lord and Heavenly Father on Feb. 16.

Pete was born in Hermosillo (State of Sonora), Mexico on Aug. 29, 1956, the third son of Frank Bancroft and Isabel Castro de Talleri Walker; loving husband to Jennifer, and devoted father to Nicholas, Douglas and Rachel; brother to Frank, Will, Ann and Marc; uncle and friend to all--especially those in need.

Pete was a happy child--very giving--with a knack for finding common ground with anyone who crossed his path and calling them friend. His was a unique desire with a determined ability to please others an attractive, magnetic quality. He would adopt another's subtle vocal eccentricities and behavior mannerisms when one-on-one, born of a genuine sympathy for and empathy with, others. These qualities, among others, were largely responsible for his being so well liked by those he knew.

Ever the "thinker," he was adept at thinking his way out of doing chores, much to the dismay of his siblings who often got a late start trying to do the very same thing (timing is everything).

Pete was a graduate of the world-renowned Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Santa Monica, and was degreed in Natural Resource Management (NRM) at Pierce College, Los Angeles.

He was quite the dreamer, adventurer and treasure hunter-much like "Indiana Jones" of action-feature fame, but with the educational "smarts" to back it up. He could read the bold rush and nuanced meandering of rivers, the lay of the land, and picture-pinpoint where precious metal and gem placer deposits lay buried...quite a feat.

He had a tender heart for those less fortunate, for all creatures great and small. Yes, indeed, he most certainly touched us all.

“Pete, we love and miss you deeply, and you will remain forever in our hearts,” his family said.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Fellowship at 5089 Cole Road in Bootjack.

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