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Walter R. Callaway passed away February 9, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. Walter was born March 15, 1937 in Payson, UT to Vern Callaway and Gail Blackett Callaway. He was raised in Santaquin where he attended Santaquin Elementary and Junior High and graduated from Payson High School.
Walter was a member of the American Legion Jr. All-Star Baseball Team.
Walter married Laura Kay Benson, they had two children, Shane Callaway (who preceeds him in death) & Greg (Annette) Callaway. They later divorced. Walter then married his soulmate, Artis Higginson. They had three children Jason (Jeanni) Callaway, Dalless (Brad) Kearl & Devin Callaway. They had 44 wonderful years together.
Walter was a hard-rock miner most of his life, he also worked as a steel worker at Geneva Steel. He loved to hunt & fish. His greatest passion was watching all the kids play ball, especially his kids and grandkids. He served on the Santaquin City Council two different times where he was a voice for youth recreation. Santaquin City honored Walter for all his hard work and dedication by naming a baseball field after him. This was one of his greatest accomplishments and something he was very proud of. When Walter saw that he could make a difference in the world he went out and did it.
He is survived by his wife, children, 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. 2 step sisters and 1 step brother Ray (Doris) Bulow, Claude (Sherleen) Romminger, Ronni (Teresa) Bird. Walter is preceded in death by his parents, step-mother (Naoma Bird Callaway) and 1 step brother Dwayne (Larue) Bird.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, February 14th at 11 a.m. at the old Santaquin Stake Center, 90 South 200 East. A viewing will be held Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Church, and again on Monday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Interment at Santaquin City Cemetery.
The Family would like to express their deep gratitude to the ICU staff at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
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