July 17, 1946 – July 20, 2015
After a courageous battle with cancer, Walter Colin, age 69, passed away at his home while surrounded by loved ones.
He was the beloved husband of Gayle; loving father of Kurt (Caitlin) and stepfather of April Saloman (Craig) and Jill Cox (Bryan); cherished Papa of Logan, Ronan, Lucas, Loralai, and Talia; treasured son of Wanda and Walter Sr. (in heaven); admired brother of Judy Rusinko (Dan), Janice Scott (David), Mike (Jackie), and Dan (Susan).
Born in New Albany, Indiana, Walter attended Providence High School (1960-1964) where he was a star cross country runner with numerous accolades including finishing first in the Clark County Invitational and lowering the 2-mile school record by 25 seconds. In addition to cross country, he also ran track and played basketball.
Walter obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (Cum Laude) from Franklin College (1964-1968) where he was also a member of the cross country and basketball teams. Walter fractured his leg prior to the start of his college senior year which sidelined him from playing basketball but led to his being asked, and accepting, a position to coach the freshman team. As a coach, Walter led the team to its very first championship.
In the late 1970’s, Walter moved to Arizona where he had a long career at APS as an Application & Data Integration Manager. He was a strong and caring leader who enjoyed mentoring his team.
As a supportive father, Walter enjoyed watching Kurt play the trumpet in the high school marching band. He also loved attending April, Jill, Logan, and Ronan’s various sporting events. Loralai’s dance recitals were also a big hit that he looked forward to attending. Walter was an avid photographer, magnificent carpenter, big fan of travel TV shows and the Arizona Diamondbacks, and an exceptional sports and life coach to his grandchildren. Walter was a kind hearted and simple man who so many admired for his patience, wisdom, and unconditional love.
Walter may have physically departed our earthly world, but he lives on in the Lord’s house and in the hearts of his loved ones.
A memorial service for Walter will be held on Sunday, August 2nd at 4pm at Praise & Worship Center, 2551 N. Arizona Avenue #3, Chandler, 85225. When driving on Arizona Ave, turn east on Palomino drive. Then, take an immediate right into the office complex. Google Maps Link to Church
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Walter’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help end childhood cancer. Donation Page Link