Thomas Darrel Walton, 80, of Lakehills, Texas, passed away on July 14, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.
Tom was born on Feb. 26, 1940 in Bronson, Texas, the seventh of 11 children of Thomas Leon and Minnie Estelle Walton.
He was the loving husband of Barbara Boggs Walton; they shared 26 wonderful years together.
In his early years, Tom lives in small communities in East Texas, including Blue Springs, Sexton, Bronson and Hemphill. He worked farming jobs, such as shucking corn, wrangling chickens and cutting lumber, sold magazine subscriptions by horseback and managed a roller-skating rink in Many, Louisiana.
Tom was a 1957 graduate of Hemphill High School. Following his military career, he received a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, making him the first in his family to receive a college degree.
Tom was proudest of his service in the United States Air Force. He enlisted in 1958 and served in Alaska, Hawaii, Turkey, South Vietnam (1969), Germany and San Antonio.
He served his entire career under USAF Security Service, completing his last tour as senior non-commissioned officer in charge, Friendly Systems Division, Directorate of Electronic Warfare Systems Evaluation, Air Force Electronic Warfare Center.
During his 20 years and 13 days of service, Tom earned numerous individual and unit citations and medals, including the Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Fourth Battle Star and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
When he retired in 1978, he held the rank of senior master sergeant.
Throughout the 26 years that he lived in Lakehills, Tom served locally as a volunteer for several organizations and local activities.
He held several offices with American Legion Post 410, was a past treasurer of the Lakehills Civic Center and was on the Lakehills/ Pipe Creek Library Board for several years.
Tom had also been an active volunteer at the Lakehills United Methodist Church. He seldom attended a meeting without coming home with a task.
In addition to his wife Barbara, Tom is survived by four children, including Darryl (Laura) Walton of Houston, Texas, Janet Vincze of Plano, Texas and Dennis (Katherine) Walton of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, five grandchildren, including his namesake, Thomas Darryl Walton, seven siblings and many nieces and nephews.
Additionally, Tom is survived by Barbara’s daughter, Cindy (Cesar) Valenzuela, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as Barbara’s siblings.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, his son, Robert Walton, his grandson, Richard Walton, his siblings Opal Walton, Marlin Walton and Nelda Walton, and Barbara’s son, Michael Boggs.
Viewing was held at Grimes Funeral Home on Friday, July 17, from 1-5 p.m., followed by a private graveside service on Saturday, July 18, at the Pipe Creek Cemetery in Pipe Creek, Texas.
A memorial service will be held in Lakehills at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Barbara asks that you consider donations to American Legion Post 410, PR 37, Lakehills, Texas, 78063, or a charity of your choice.
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