Robert Scott Walker B.D., 1952
October 12, 2008
Robert Scott Walker, (AKA Bob & Scotty) born May 20, 1922, died at his home in Seattle on October 12, 2008. He is survived by his wife Patricia; siblings Bettie Buty, David Walker, and Lewis Walker; children Wendy Walker, Mitzie Carr, Douglas Walker and Marcus Walker; many grandchildren and a great-grandchild on the way. Bob will be remembered for his rusty jokes, sharp intellect and colorful well-elaborated stories, often followed by his favorite saying, “Don’t ruin a good story with the truth.”
Bob was born to George and Lucy Walker in Seattle. A center of his early life was First Baptist Church where his grandfather, Beniah Longley Whitman had been a founding pastor. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1940, earned his BA in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1947, and completed seminary at Andover Newton Theological School in 1951. On August 20, 1948 Bob and Patricia Kelly were married. Reverend Robert and Reverend Patricia were both ordained as Baptist ministers at First Baptist Church in Seattle in 1951.
The couple’s first pastorate was the First Freewill Baptist Church in Danville, New Hampshire. They move in 1954 to the Ashland, New Hampshire, First Freewill Baptist Church. The cold winters in New Hampshire produced their four children (all summer babies). The family spent many summers driving across the country to visit relatives in Seattle. In 1964 the kids got too rowdy in the car, so they decided to move back west permanently. Bob and Pat ministered at Laurel Community Baptist Church north of Bellingham from 1964 until 1973 when they moved back to their roots in Seattle at Fremont Baptist Church. Bob retired as pastor of Fremont Baptist in 1986. After retirement, he and Pat spent a decade roaming the country as Ministers At Large for Baptist churches.
Bob was a founding force behind Fremont Public Association, now known as Solid Ground. He had many interests, jobs and passions in his life as an amateur farmer, fisherman, school bus driver, surveyor, tour guide, and all-around curmudgeon. A joy in his life was reading books of all genres; libraries were some of his favorite places. A wonderful day for Bob was riding the Metro bus lines to far reaches of Seattle and visiting a library branch he hadn’t been to in awhile.
The Walkers’ open arms embraced many friends and international students. Bob had an ability to welcome people from all walks of life with his contagious smile and wry wit. He made each person feel important. As an uncompromising pacifist, Bob registered during World War II as a conscientious objector. All of his life he stood for the cause of world peace, attending a peace conference the last week of his life.
A Memorial Service was held at First Baptist Church of Seattle on October 26. Rev. Walker requested that memorial gifts be made to First Baptist Church of Seattle, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle, WA 98122.