Gordon “Lee” Walker first buzzed Earth’s tower on May 5, 1933, and kept the afterburner on until his peaceful departure on September 29, 2023. He didn’t say a word until he was three years old, but rarely quieted down after that. In defense, his comments were virtually always studied, well thought out, and articulate, expressing an ever inquisitive, observant, and thoughtful mind.\n\nHe soared through an idyllic childhood – often just one step ahead of his mother – living, and later working, in scenic national parks and monuments of Utah, ensuring a deep reverence for nature’s beauty that will endure in his posterity far beyond his 90 years. Like his father, brothers, and sons, he achieved the rank of, and remained, an Eagle Scout.\n\nIn 1958, he was sealed to his eternal sweetheart, Jolayne, in the Salt Lake Temple. Though often physically parted by occupational demands, they’ve been inseparable wingmen in spirit and heart for over 65 years. Their mutual devotion is complete; she’s always been “My Dear” or “Sweetie.” Their twin vapor trail has wound through Texas, Michigan, Spain, California, Greece, and Utah.\n\nIn a two-decade US Air Force flying career, Lee mastered around a dozen military aircraft, consisting largely of the most advanced tactical fighter planes of the day. He endured two missile-dodging tours in Vietnam, and became an outstanding trainer on some of those aircraft, ensuring his skill was passed on.\n\nHaving taxied the final runway of that career, he navigated several others; becoming, in turn, property caretaker, road grader, security guard and money manager.\n\nHe served 3 missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: the first in New England (1952-54); the others with “My Dear” in Peoria, Illinois (1992-1994), and Queensland, Australia (2007-2009). Wherever life’s flight plan took him, he always accepted and served diligently in church assignments, including faithful home teacher, Scout Master, stake missionary, high councilor, branch president, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, Bishop, and temple ordinance worker. He knew church manuals back to front and upside down – as obedient, diligent, and faithful to every service assignment as he was to every other aspect of life.\n\nLikewise, he was completely dedicated to home and family. When not at work or on church assignment, he was home – teaching, correcting, nurturing; being “Dad.” Did we mention “correcting?”\n\nLee was a decorated marksman and brilliant hunter who often donated the fruit of his hunts to charitable efforts. He loaded his own bullets, for better accuracy, and was a leader and mentor to dozens in their quest to improve their firearm accuracy and handling.\n\nHis earthly ground crew consists of his wife, Jolayne; children Kevin (Aina), Ken (Sydney), Mishaun Lancaster (Rollin), Sandy Robinson, and Tim (Jennifer); 25 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.\n\nHe joins a heavenly flight of his father and mother, Tom and Lucile, brothers Alan and Merlin, son-in-law Rollin, granddaughter Aimee, and great-granddaughter Aria.\n\nAn evening viewing will be held Friday, October 6, 2023 from 6:00 – 8:30 pm in the Relief Society room at the Levan LDS chapel; 25 North 100 East, Levan, Utah. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 11:00 am, also at the church. Family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:30 – 10:45 am prior to the services. Interment will be in the Levan Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com. \n\nDad, you have slipped the surly bonds of Earth. Fly on, good pilot.