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J Myron Walker

July 13, 1928 ~ July 30, 2018 (age 90)

J Myron Walker, our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed away in Holladay, Utah from natural causes on July 30, 2018. He was born in American Fork on July 13, 1928 to Jesse Myron Walker and Emily Fern Adamson. Myron graduated from American Fork High School, where his father was principal. He served as Student Body Business Manager and earned a degree from Brigham Young University, followed by an MBA from Harvard University. He married his sweetheart and lifelong companion Olene Smith in the Salt Lake Temple on March 25, 1954, and together they raised seven children. He was singularly devoted to his wife, a commitment that earned him the affectionate title of “First Gentleman” during Olene’s time as Governor of Utah.

Myron spent his life in active service to his Heavenly Father. He served a two-year mission in Los Angeles, California for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Myron was offered a position as a Chaplain in the United States Army while stationed at Fort Ord, California. He continued to fulfill numerous roles in the Church throughout his life, including service in the Bishopric, High Council, as Branch President, and spent many years as a temple worker and sealer in the Salt Lake, New York, and St. George Temples. He also served alongside Olene as a Public Relations missionary in New York City. His love and devotion to the Lord and the Church was unwavering and complete.

Myron was a successful businessman and business owner. He owned a number of snack food companies throughout the western United States. Myron proudly served as President of Country Crisp Foods, Clover Club Foods, President of the Utah Manufacturers Association, President of the National Snack Food Association, President of the Utah Tennis Association, and on the Board of the United States Tennis Association.  

Myron was an avid reader and sports enthusiast. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, skiing, and playing tennis with family and friends. However, his greatest passion was spending time with his 25 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brother Elwood Walker, sister Ellen Brown, sister Fern Sabey and grandson Anthony Fairclough. He is survived by his children Stephen Brett Walker (Caroline), David Walden Walker (Carol), Bryan Jesse Walker (Christine), Lori Waltman (Scott), Mylene Fairclough (Thomas), Nena Slighting (Alan), Thomas Myron Walker (Chrissie).

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Cottonwood 4th Ward, 5565 South Neighbor Lane, Holladay, Utah 84117. Family and friends may visit from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm prior to the services on Saturday. Interment will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Guestbook to post messages and tributes for the family available at: HolbrookMortuary.com

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