James Winfred Walton, born May 16, 1919, in Alameda, entered into rest on Oct. 9, 2014.
A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Jim was the youngest of two sons of Ralph (an Alameda fireman) and Alma Walton who raised their boys here. He married his life-time love and best friend Jean S. Mundie on Oct. 31, 1942, at Christ Episcopal Church.
Jim was pre-deceased by his loving wife Jean in 2006.
Jim was Past Master and 73-year member of Oak Grove Lodge #215 F&AM, Oakland Scottish Rite, Aahmes Shrine and past Patron Carita Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. He was past President of the Alameda Masonic Temple Association.
Jim served in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific with pre-invasion forces with an expertise in electrical and communication systems, being injured multiple times.
As a dad, he was a Scout Leader for his two Eagle Scout Sons. He was a solo hiker and troop leader to the 1964 National Jambroee and served as council president of the Alameda Boy Scouts in the 1960s. A golfer and member of the Alameda Golf Club until the age of 91 when he retired from the game.
Jim was medical sales manager for Ohio Medical until his retirement in 1981.
Jim is survived by his two sons and daughter-in-laws James N. and Sylvia Walton and Jack W. and Jeri Walton; his granddaughter and her husband Christine and Robert Brown; his great-grandsons Nathan and Jacob Brown; his step-grandchildren Lisa and Drew Chalstrom and Craig and Kathryn Rinker; his step-great-grandchildren Taylor and Payton Chalstrom and Ava and Abby Rinker; and nieces and nephews: Gayle Howell, Ed Walton, John Walton and Jeanette Del Carlo.
At his request, a private memorial service will be held by the family.
Logan Blake Myhra was a blessing in disguise. We wanted to have him in our life so bad that we fought for it to make it happen. Watching him grow within these six months and three weeks was an enjoyable part of our lives.
From the first time he smiled at us, to holding his bottle, and hearing that adorable laugh, no one will ever take that away from us.
In the past few months we started to notice a bit of his personality and his little quirks. He liked hearing music and smiled every time I sung to him. The two songs that come to mind are Bobby McFerrin’s "Don’t Worry Be Happy" and Cyndi Lauper’s "Time After Time."
He always crossed his feet when he was sitting down just like his Mommy. He also liked the San Francisco 49ers just like his Daddy, and got to experience what most babies his age don’t get to, his first pro baseball game between Daddy’s team the Angels and having them win with his presence there made the difference. His favorite shows that I saw him interested in were "Jack and the Neverland Pirates," "Chuggington," "Batman" (Adam West version), and "The Simpsons."
He was always a happy baby whenever people saw him and he was a really good son. We will always love you and we will never forget you, Logan. Have fun in Heaven!
Services will be held at Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services 1415 Oak St., Alameda, Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m.
For further information, call Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (FD-745) or visit www.alameda
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Does a father cease to be a father when he passes on to the next life? The same question can be asked for a spouse, a sibling, a child, or a friend. Coming through the night into the light of a new day, on Sept. 23, 2014, Richard William Green Sr., always known as Bill, left this world, holding the hand of his wife Judie Green.
A magnificent man who cared with a deep gracious open heart for his family and friends, who always had a smile, a story, a song (often badly sung — which was part of his charm), or a bit of wisdom to share, he was there for you.
Born in Texas, moving to Jackson, Mississippi where he graduated high school and met his first wife, Betty Sue Brown, when they were assigned to be lab partners. He continued his education at Tulane University and SMU. He and Betty had two children, Doris Brannan Green (now Powell), and his son, Richard William Green, Jr.
His early love of golf, a game taught to him by his father, E. Bill Green, had him golfing in Pro-Am tournaments in his late teens. He carried that love of golf all through his life, playing as often as he could. At the Santa Maria Country Club he hit a hole-in-one from the 13th tee, and his response was, "Oh no! Now I have to buy a round for everyone!" Bill loved to make and win bets. He won thousands and lost thousands over the years, ultimately breaking "just about even," when all was said and done. The week leading up to his last day, he was playing golf in Lake Tahoe, leaving only when the fires were a little "too hot."
When he became a father, he followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the hospitality business working primarily as a general manager of notable hotels including Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach, Missouri, the Santa Maria Inn, where he met Judie Moritz whom he married, and the Powell Hotel in San Francisco. He also worked for Hilton Inns becoming a regional manager for several years.
Bill loved working with people, teaching them skills, developing their talents and forwarding their professional abilities. A mark of distinction for him was his beating performance margins and turning a profit for his hotels. He truly loved the hotel business and left a mark along the way. After retiring from the Powell Hotel, he and Judie returned to Santa Maria, where he was welcomed back as "Mr. Hospitality," and "Mr. Santa Maria Inn."
It was in Santa Maria where Bill met Judie Moritz, who became his spouse and companion for a wonderful 22 years. They loved to spend time in Mazatlan with friends that they accumulated with their annual return to the beach. He loved to lead games of "Screw your neighbor," where he would hold court and try to win it all before being, "Nah-nah-nah-nahed," right out of the game. His son and daughter-in-law began to vacation with them, and more recently his youngest grandson joined the annual trip there.
Bill’s knowledge of wine and food was extraordinary. He loved talking about good wines, and taking friends and family to the Central Coast vineyards. He was delighted when one of his favorites, "Foxen," was prominent in the movie "Sideways."
Bill loved to be in the kitchen cooking up something good to eat for whomever might have been around. If you ever asked him how he made something, or if you could get the recipe, he immediately would begin to recite the ingredients, then walk you through the steps, the timing, the temperatures and the tricks and tips of making it, much better than a simple recipe could do.
When his son married at 43 years of age, he rose to speak. Settling in with a soft playful phrase, he then proceeded to say how proud he was of this moment, and began to cry for the first time that his son had ever seen him do so. Bill was a pillar in the family and a gentleman Southerner at heart. He was hardly ever more joyous than when he sat with, read to, or played with his grandson, Logan.
Bill Green was one of the most loyal, trusting, caring and ethical men that the hotel business has ever known. He walks with us in our hearts and reminds us of the right way to live a good life.
He is survived by: his his wife, Judie Green, step-mother Jean Green, brothers John Green, and E. Bill Green, step-sister, Becky Loper ex-wife, Betty Sue Green, daughter, Brannan (Phil) Powell, son, William Green, daughter-in-law, Anna Leah Ah, granddaughter, Tiffany Johnson, grandsons, Nick Johnson, William Logan Green, great-grandson Talon Blakely, stepchildren Stephan Gables, Lisa (Shaun) Tibbs, Gina Gables; step-grandson Ryan Tibbs, nephews Andrew Green, Duke Loper. and countless friends.
Bill requested that there be no funeral services. To honor him, his family will plant a tree along the course at the Santa Maria Country Club, perhaps at the 13th hole. He celebrated life and wished that, if anything, you celebrate his life by living yours more fully.
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