Little League® International mourns the passing of Bobby Dan Walker, a longtime Texas state volunteer and past Little League Baseball® World Series Umpire. He was 84.
Volunteering as an umpire throughout the Central Texas area during the 1970s, Mr. Walker was honored to be selected to officiate games during the 1982 Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport, Pa. He continued to give his time to the Little League program in a variety of capacities and volunteered as the Softball Umpire-In-Chief (2001-2014) for the Southwestern Region, based in Waco, Texas.
Mr. Walker was a native of Elgin, Texas, and spent his early years in the neighboring town of Butler. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from Elgin High School and served during the Korean Conflict with the 7th Division Artillery Unit as a Specialist 4 Surveyor in the 105 Howitzer Battalion (January 1960-to-February 1961). Mr. Walker later served for two years as a Specialist 5 in the National Guard following his tour of duty.
After graduating from Nixon-Clay Business College with an B.S. in accounting, Mr. Walker was hired by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Headquarters in Austin, Texas.
The Walkers spent time in Austin and Houston before settling in Elgin to raise their two children, Donna and Charles. Mr. Walker retired from the DPS as an accounting supervisor after 36 years of service.
Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline and Millard “Buck” Walker; brothers, Emmitte and M.A. “Bo” Walker, and in-laws, Ruby and Charles M. Bradley. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Helen; daughter, Donna; son, Charles; grandchildren, Kelsey, Emily, and Bradley Brown and Rubylaine Walker; brother, Paul Wayne Walker; and numerous family members.