David Frederick Walton
David Frederick Walton
David Frederick Walton was born in 1932 in Wynn, Arkansas, to Norman and Estelle Walton, the youngest of six children. When he was a young boy the family spent time in Memphis TN, before finally making a home in Joliet, Illinois. He attended Joliet Township High School, where he met the woman that would become is wife, Lois Jean Smith. David played football and ran track in high school. After graduation he attended the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff. While attending college, he became of member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
After graduation college in May 1955 with a degree in Biology, David and Lois were married in June 1955. Later that year David entered service with the United States Navy. Early in 1956 they welcomed their first child, daughter Davette. After the birth of their daughter David began serving as a Hospital Corpsman for the Navy on the island of Guam. Lois and their daughter joined him in Guam until they returned home a year later after the completion his required active service. In 1959 David and Lois welcomed their second child, son Glenn. After serving for several years in the reserves, David was Honorably Discharged from the Navy in 1961. In 1963, David and Lois welcomed their third child, David Todd, into their family. David continued to work at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet until late in 1969, when he and Lois, moved their family across country to a new home in Sacramento California.
Continuing his work in the medical field, David began working for Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Sacramento in 1970 as a Clinical Scientist. Later in his career David became the supervisor of the chemistry department in the laboratory at Kaiser Permanente Hospital Sacramento.
David retired from Kaiser in 1995, after 25 years. He was then asked to come back to Kaiser to work at their South Sacramento Laboratory, where he worked for 10 more years.
David became a member of New Hope Baptist Church, in Sacramento, where he served as Superintendent of the Sunday School, and as a Deacon. Later, David and Lois joined the church family of Antioch Progressive Church, where David once again served as a Deacon. Just like his namesake in the Bible, David was “a man after God’s own heart”. A passion and devotion he, and Lois, instilled in their children throughout his life. He remained a dedicated and faithful member of Antioch until his passing.
David loved to golf, and he loved to fish. He spent many Saturdays with his sons and his brother Vernon fishing the waterways in and around Sacramento.
David was preceded in death by his eldest son Glenn Frederick Walton. David leaves behind his wife of nearly 70 years, Lois Jean Walton, their children, daughter Davette Walton Sylvester (Clarence), son David Todd Walton, grandchildren Kayla Renee Sylvester, Marcose Walton, Corey Deon Sylvester, Tiriah and Chandler Walton, Sharif and Shem Tarpin, great granddaughter Nevaeh Sylvester, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday March 30, 2023, 11:30 a.m. at Antioch Progressive Church 7650 Amherst St. Sacramento 95832