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Darrell Walker

Darrell Walker, age 84, of Cheyenne, Wyoming and formerly of Huron, died Saturday, February 5, 2011, at the Davis Center at Cheyenne.  His funeral mass was at 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 12th, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church with Rev. Chester Murtha as the celebrant.  Burial was in the St. Martin Catholic Cemetery with military rites by the Huron Veterans Council.  Memorials may be made to Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne and to the American Cancer Society (Beadle County Relay of Live c/o Dawn Meyers, 179 24th St SW, Huron, SD 57350). 

Darrell was born December 31, 1926, to Cliff and Mary (Cowan) Walker at Esmond, South Dakota.  He attended high school in Esmond and Carthage before going on to college at South Dakota State, graduating with a degree in Journalism and a background in printing.

During his college days Darrell played trombone in several different bands including the SDSU marching band and some small groups that played clubs, speakeasies and events around eastern South Dakota.

He joined the United States Army in 1945 and was stationed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.  His tour of duty included time in Europe at the end of World War II.  After completing his term in the military, Darrell moved to Huron and emceed at the local theater doing skits and songs between the black and white movies.

He started his career at the Huron Daily Plainsmanin 1950. It was here that he met the love of his life Patricia Ann McAloon whom he married on April 17, 1952, at St. Martin Catholic Church. They were married for 52 years.

Darrell became Advertising Director at the Plainsmanand remained in that position until his retirement in August 1992.

Darrell always had an interest in photography and printing and in 1977 Darrell founded a local printing company, The Print Shop, for quick printing, auction postings, invitations, etc. 

After his retirement from the Plainsman, he expanded his printing business and started a shopper publication called PayDay. The PayDaywas distributed to 19,000 households.  He sold the business to News Media Corporation, the owners of the Daily Plainsman, in 1999.

After that, Darrell dedicated his time to the care of wife, spoiling his grandchildren, and playing a bit of golf.   After the death of his wife Patricia in 2004, Darrell moved to Erie, Colorado, to be closer to his two children and two grandchildren.

Darrell stayed active, was an avid reader, photographer, and always had a dozen projects in some form of completion. He continued to play golf until he became ill in July 2010.

Darrell was very involved in many community organizations including Jaycees, Toastmasters, Huron Chamber of Commerce, VFW, Huron Country Club, and St. Theresa, St. Martin, and Holy Trinity School.  He was also active in the South Dakota Press Association and the International Newspaper Advertising Managers Association and the South Dakota State Alumni Association.

Darrell is survived by his daughter and her husband, Kelli and Ko Clifton of Frederick, Colorado; his son and his wife, Scott and Deborah Walker of Cheyenne, Wyoming; his grandson and his wife, Josh and Erin Walker of Castle Rock, Colorado; and his granddaughter and her partner, Cally Walker and Will Altenloh of Golden, Colorado; as well as all sorts of dogs and cats.

Darrell also has several nieces, nephews from his deceased brother Gordon Walker’s family in Minnesota and nieces and nephews and in-laws from the McAloon (Pat’s) family in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and California.  Darrell was also related to just about anyone named Cowan, Devitt, McAloon or Parker in this part of the country. 

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