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Martin Walker


December 12, 2019

Martin Walker

Martin Walker

Martin Joel Walker, 61, a resident of Colfax, Wash., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Courtyard Assisted Living in Colfax, Wash., on December 6, 2019.

Martin was born on Sept. 23, 1958, at Houston, Texas, to Jack and Cecille (Stathem) Walker. Martin attended school in Texas and graduated from Waltrip High School in 1976. Martin then attended college at Texas A & M and received a Bachelor's Degree in Sales and Marketing from Trinity University.

Martin worked for Tri-Sen Systems, Rockwell ICS Triplex, Dresser-Rand, Petrotec, but most loved the work he did and the people he worked with at EMSI, an Economic Modeling Agency in Moscow, Idaho.

Martin moved to Colfax, Wash., in 2012. Although they had known each other since high school, he married Raylene Isham Lawrence on August 19, 2016, at Creston, British Columbia Canada. The couple made their home in Colfax, where Martin worked for EMSI in Moscow, Idaho, and Raylene worked for Whitman Medical Group as a PA-C. Mr. Walker retired due to health reasons in 2019.

Martin and Raylene enjoyed traveling and fulfilled many places on their bucket-lists.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #188 and the Order of the Eastern Star at Malden, Wash.

Survivors include his wife Raylene Lawrence, Colfax, Wash .; son, Jonathan Walker (Andrea), Boulder, Colo .; step–son, Harry Lawrence (Kimberly) Spokane, Wash .; three daughters, Caylene Knox (Craig), Clinfton, Texas, Holly Parker (Eric) and Abbie Brown (Jenson) both of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Carol Carmichael, Lindale, Texas, and Debbie Finn, Kemah, Texas. Martin is also survived by six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, December 12, 2019, 4-7 p.m. at Kramer Funeral Home, N. 203 Bridge St., Palouse, Wash., which will be a come and go/stay/snack, celebration of life for friends to greet Raylene and family and share memories of Martin. At 6 p.m. we will join together for a brief service.

A formal church service will be held January 4, 2020, 1 p.m., at Lazybrook Baptist Church 1822 W. 18th St., Houston, Texas 77008.

Memorials are suggested to be given to Whitman Hospital & Medical Center Foundation, 1200 W. Fairview, Colfax, Wash., 99111 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, Wash., is caring for the family. You are invited to leave online condolences and order flowers for the family at http://www.kramercares.com.


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