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Henry Sylvester Walker was born at a farm in Big Bend, Oregon on the 2nd of May 1931 to David Elmer Walker and Frieda Leitritz Walker. He was the 7th of 8 children. Walter, Grace, Elsie, Ira, Joseph, Herb, Henry and Vivian. He was known throughout his life as Hank. Hank passed away at home on the 29th of September 2023 with his wife, Mary and his daughter, Suzette by his side. At the age of three the family moved to a 1100-acre farm in Brownlee, Idaho. This was to be home for the next 10 years until they moved to Emmett.
Hank was a hard-working man all his life. Before beginning his 42-year employment with the Boise Cascade Sawmill in Emmett he worked at several places, including helping to clear the land in preparation for the reservoir at Lake Cascade and with the State Department of Highways.
In May of 1952 Hank married Frances Elizabeth Rynearson. 7 children joined the family. Anthony, Michael, Timothy, Martin, Suzette, Troy and Eric. The children were all taught the value of hard work through the example of their mother and father. Frances and Hank were married just 5 months short of 50 years when Frances passed away in December of 2001.
In 1955 Hank became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served faithfully in every calling that was extended to him. He especially excelled in his calling as a Home Teacher, faithfully serving and caring for all families assigned to him. He was willing to drop whatever he was doing and go to the aid of anyone who needed his help. Advancing age did not diminish his willingness to serve.
In June of 2004 Hank married Mary Farnsworth thus combining two large families. Hank’s gentle demeanor and good nature quickly endeared him to the Farnsworth children and grandchildren.
His unconditional love, sense of humor and willingness to serve his family and others will leave a void in the lives of his family and friends.
Hank’s life was a life well lived. A kind, gentle man, he was loved by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his wife Frances; his oldest son, Anthony (Tony); his parents; all his brothers, two sisters and several members of Frances’ family. He is survived by his wife, Mary; his children, Mike (Mary), Tim (Sylvia), Martin (Laura), Suzette Guzman (Alfonso), Troy, (Marian), Eric (Pollianne); 30 grandchildren and their spouses, 64 great grandchildren, seven stepchildren and their spouses, 31 step grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren, his sister, Vivian, two of Frances’ sisters, one of Frances’ brothers, sister-in-law, Geraldine and numerous nieces and nephews. What a posterity. It is a testimony to his life of kindness that he was truly loved by all the above-mentioned people and many more.
Services for Hank will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (980 West Central Road, Emmett, Idaho) on Thursday, October 5th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. There will be a viewing on Wednesday, October 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.at the Potter Funeral Chapel, 228 East Main, Emmett, Idaho. Burial will follow at the Bramwell Cemetery.