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Steven Franklin Walker, born on Nov. 13, 1946, in Columbia, Missouri, passed peacefully from this life on Jan. 13, 2018. Steve was surrounded by his loving family.
Steve always felt fortunate to have grown up in the 1950s and 1960s, sharing wonderful stories about Texas during the 1960s. Music played a big part in the Houston and Austin area during this era. Steve and a group of close friends formed a jug band, and Steve played washtub bass.
During the summer breaks from college Steve was employed with a surveying company. Steveís earliest surveys were conducted in Oklahoma and the shorelines on the Texas Gulf Coast. These wonderful experiences connected Steve to the land and the unique history interwoven with boundary surveys. Soon Steve realized that he wanted to combine his love for the outdoors with the profession of land and boundary surveying.
While living and working in Colorado and New Mexico, Steve was introduced to the sport of falconry, and he spent many years owning, caring for, and becoming an expert in this field.
Alaska was a wonderful dream fulfilled for Steve, but once again Texas called him back home. Ken Barnes, Brewster County Surveyor, was given Steveís name by a close friend, and Ken contacted Steve in Alaska. Steve accepted Kenís offer to come out to survey in Big Bend National Park and in Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties.Steve returned to Texas in the fall of 1978. He moved from the outback and remote banks of the Little Su River to the rustic and majestic country of Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, Texas, the Rio Grande River, and the banks of Terlingua Creek. Steve enjoyed many years and wonderful adventures living and surveying with Ken Barnes, Benjie Bell, and Tom Shortt in South Brewster County and the greater Big Bend region of Texas.
Steve continued to survey the land he so loved, and also enjoyed employment and surveying with Elbert Bassham, of Bassham Land Surveying in Marfa, Texas. Steve earned his registered professional land surveyor Texas license and his licensed state land surveyor license. He was appointed Brewster County surveyor in July 1986, and was elected Brewster County surveyor in November 1986. He remained Brewster County surveyor until his death.
Steveís expertise of old ancient boundary surveys and old, difficult to locate rock mounds will be fondly remembered, admired, and greatly missed.
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