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 Malcolm Alan “Mal” Walker

Malcolm Alan “Mal” Walker

Birth
Michigan, USA
Death 7 Jun 2014 (aged 77)
Roseville, Placer County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 131655603 · View Source
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WALKER, Malcolm Alan
Sept. 18, 1936 - June 7, 2014

Mal grew up in Michigan and graduated from the Univ. of Michigan with a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering. He was a member of the Vulcan society and became the Managing Editor of the prestigious Michigan Technic his senior year; he was in the ROTC program and served later in the Michigan Army National Guard. After moving to California, Mal used his engineering skills at Aerojet where he helped design the rocket engine that brought the Apollo astronauts safely home from the moon. His love of flying led him to start a career with United Airlines in 1966 which lasted 30 years. During that time he flew all of the planes in the fleet, became an instructor and checkpilot, and served on the airlines Fear of Flying program to help others overcome their fear of air travel. Mal also got his private pilot's license and enjoyed many years of flying various single-engine planes with his family and friends. He offered his time and skill as a pilot for the Angel Med Flight program that carried organs for emergency donation.
Mal always enjoyed sports, especially tennis and golf; as his sons grew up he became their little league coach. In his retirement years Mal's hobbies included model trains and driving his Jaguar convertibles. He lived in Roseville for the last 25 years of his life, finally succumbing to Parkinson's this year.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; his sons, Scott and Jeff (Paula); stepdaughter, Kathy (Joe); stepson, Matt; his sister Phyllis; 5 grandchildren, Jason, Kara, Briana, Amanda, and Josh; 4 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on June 21, 2014


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  • Created by: Everett Mefford
  • Added: 21 Jun 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 131655603
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Malcolm Alan “Mal” Walker (18 Sep 1936–7 Jun 2014), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131655603, ; Maintained by Everett Mefford (contributor 47576323) Unknown.