Born: September 26, 1939
Died: August 20, 2012
Al was born in Plainfield, Wisconsin on September 26, 1939. He graduated from Shafter High School, Bakersfield Junior College and then moved to Lompoc at age 19 in search of excitement, adventure and employment. Al completed military service in the Army at Fort Ord and then returned to Lompoc and served as a National Guard Reservist at the Reserve Post on West Ocean Avenue. His adventurous spirit lead him to Guam for 2 years to work in the insurance field. Unable to stay away from Lompoc, Al retuned once again and earned his BA from Cal Poly SLO, and his MBA from Golden Gate University.
Al, a principal shareholder and senior member of the Lompoc CPA firm, Walker, Wilson & Hughen, joined the original firm in 1975. Through his hard work and dedication, he helped grow the firm from 2 employees to 14 employees and establish the firm's impeccable reputation. As an active member of the community, Al was chairman of the Lompoc Parks and Recreation Commission, founding member and president of the Lompoc Boys (and Girls) Club, served on the Santa Barbara Foundation Board of Trustees, served on the boards of the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, Cabrillo High School Aquarium Project, Arts Outreach, Lompoc Hospital Foundation, Good Samaritan Shelter, Jesse Rohde Educational Foundation, Lompoc Valley Club and Lompoc Rotary Club.
Besides working on various Boards, Al worked yearly on his wife's Relay for Life Team, brought the WWII Project to Lompoc that resulted in the collection of the stories of Lompoc's WWII veterans, supported tee signs and golf foursomes for various golf tournament fundraisers, brought the American Junior Golf Association regional tournament to Lompoc for several years, hosted the Man of the Century Dinner, and coached many youth sport teams throughout the years.
Al was named Lompoc's Man of the Year in 1996 and is a Lompoc Recognition Grove recipient. In 2011, he received the Santa Barbara Community Action Commission Champions Award.
In addition to his philanthropic service, he carried that spirit into his relationships with the countless people that considered Al their "best friend." According to his friends, Al always had time for them, always was attentive, always was encouraging, gave sound, ethical advice, and was always a facilitator to mediate disagreements. Although he was known as having a competitive spirit and would never turn down a challenge, he brought out the very best in everyone.
Al is survived by his wife Cecilia, step-daughter and son-in-law Kristin and Glenn Wallace of Evergreen, Colorado, step-son Zachary Young of Colorado Springs, Colorado, adorable grandson, 2-year old Kai Wallace, mother Evelyn Walker of Bakersfield, brother Kenneth (Judy) Walker of Delano, brother Lee (Shiva) Walker of Cottonwood, Arizona, sister Phyllis Walker of Simi Valley, brother John (Wendy) Walker of Bakersfield, many nieces and nephews and hundreds of dear friends.
A visitation will be held at Starbuck-Lind Mortuary on Saturday August 25th from 1pm-6pm. A "Celebration of Life" for Al will be held on Sunday August 26th at 3pm at the Dick DeWees Community Center with a reception immediately following at The Veterans Memorial Building. In honor of Al's favorite apparel, please wear your favorite Hawaiian attire for the festivities on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that your please donate to the charity of your choice in remembrance of Al.