2017-02-09 / Obituaries

Walter Castle

On Sunday, Jan. 22, Walter C. Castle passed on in hospice care at Madera Community Hospital.

Walter was born and raised in Sonora, Calif., attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and was a Korean War veteran.

In 1957, Walter began working as a packer at the National Park Service Stables in Yosemite National Park. In 1969, Walt took over the stables manager position. With over 30 years of service in Yosemite,

Walt retired in 1991.

Walter’s contributions to the Parks Wilderness Management Program were outstanding. His effort to support and rebuild the Park’s 800 miles of trail, with the corral operation as a focal point, will be remembered by all who worked with him. He made an effort to cooperate with all work units including a six week horse and mule training program for park employees with stock use duty assignments including the front country Park mounted patrol rangers.

Walter also helped set a Sierra-wide, light on the land stock use ethic. He was recognized by many employees in other National Parks and Forest Service areas for his efforts in this regard. The United States Park Police also recognized Walter’s contributions and had him visit their own mounted patrol units in working situations in the Washington D. C. area. Walt was also a key manager in the partnership with the National Park Service/California Conservation Corps, using their backcountry Corp members to work with the NPS trail crew employees. This program is still being carried on in Yosemite.

Walter is survived by his wife, Wanda Castle; stepson, Glynn Dye; youngest brother, Sam Castle of Sonora; and many relatives in the Tuolumne County area.

The Castle family arranged the funeral and burial arrangement in the family plot in his hometown. The Castle family is not planning any service at this time, but all of Walt’s coworkers and friends both in Sonora and in Mariposa and eastern Madera County will remember his contributions to Yosemite National Park.

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