West Jordan, Utah â James Michael Walker, 74, passed away in a bright fall Sunday morning, Nov. 7, 2021, at Beehive Home in West Jordan, Utah, with his family. Mike was born in Milford, Utah on December 30, 1946 to Marion Henry and Janet Marie Rollins Walker. He is survived by his three siblings: Karen (Dave) Griffiths, Richard (Paula) Walker and Thomas (Carol) Walker and was predeceased by his parents and sister Pat Nona Yero.
Mike married Darrie Jean Randall on March 10, 1973 (divorced in 1990), and together they had three children: David (Lori Hildebrand) Walker, Ben (Angie Wagner) Walker and Marion Henry II “Hank” (Jayme) Walker. He was the “Papa” grandfather of 2 grandchildren: Elora (Couper) Garcia and Zoey Anne-Ridgeway (Bryson Reynoso) Walker. Mike was Amelia June Garcia’s great-grandfather. He was also âUncle Mikeâ to so many people, including Tami, Heidi, Steph, Karen, Phil, Jaimi and Jake.
Mike attended Utah State University where he graduated as a teacher. He taught high school English, world history, art, creative writing, television production, and bodybuilding at Kanab High School for over 30 years. Along with his teaching career, he also served on the State Curriculum Committee, State Textbook Committee, State Basic Test Development Committee, and served as President of the Kane Education Association.
The real love of his life was training and working with young people. Countless hours spent on the basketball, baseball and soccer field are really what thrilled him. Its teams have won numerous regional championships and have participated in 5 state finals, winning 3 of them. However, it is the people who mean the most to him. He had a deep love and friendship for those he coached and with whom he worked in the field and in the classroom.
Mike was always helping his family and others, sharing everything he had. He spent his time working with the underdogs or the needy. Her playful personality has always been the life of the party. From the classroom and side activities to card games all night long in Mesquite or the local pub wherever he went and whatever he did, Mike was always memorable and famous.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Mike’s honor at the Glenmoor Golf Course Clubhouse (9800 S 4800 W), South Jordan, Utah on Saturday, December 11 at 4 p.m. and another celebration in Kanab, UT is scheduled for Spring 2022. .
Mike’s wishes were to donate his body to the University of Utah School of Medicine for Neurological Research, thereby contributing to the education and advancement of medical science in the fight against the disease. Alzheimer’s and dementia. His name will appear on the Celebration of Life monument at the southeast corner of Library Square at 500 S. 300 E in Salt Lake City.
We will keep all of you and the many good times and memories close to our hearts.
“Somewhere in the dark, the player, he broke even. But in his last words I found an ace I could keep.”
Celebration of life
December 11, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Glenmoor Golf Course Pavilion
Southern Jordan, Utah
Published by The Salt Lake Tribune November 15-21, 2021.