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Walter Loren Anderson


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Walter Loren Anderson Obituary
Walter Loren Anderson passed away, of natural causes, on Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Canon City, Colorado. He was born in San Bernardino, California on February 2nd, 1930 to parents Rena Peck Anderson and Walter Lone Anderson. Walt was 88 years old at the time of his death. Walt married his high school sweetheart, Lorraine Murphy, January 13, 1951 in Pasadena, California. He graduated from Monrovia-Arcadia Duarte High School in 1948 and then entered Pasadena City College where he played football for two years. Upon leaving school in 1950, Walt enlisted in the US Army, where he trained at Fort Ord, California. The day after his marriage to Lorraine, Walt deployed to Korea and served his country for two years. Upon return, Walt enrolled at the University of Denver where he received a scholarship to play football under Coach Bob Blackman. Walt was named captain of the 1954 team and is now entered in the DU athletic hall of fame. After graduating from DU, Walt chose to retire from football, as a player, to become a beloved football coach and teacher for the next 50 years. He retired from Durango High School in 1997 but did not leave the game of football until 2010, and he never stopped loving the game. Walt was a devoted husband, never leaving Lorraine's side when she became ill. He doted on her day and night until her death in August of 2001. Walt was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine; mother, Rena; father, Lone; brother, Herbert; and sister, Betty. He is survived by his four children; Holly Luke, Cheri Johnson, Lisa Manfredonia, and Erik Anderson, eleven grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren. There will be an open memorial on June 16, 2018, at the Elks Club in Durango, Colorado which will start at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family asks for donations to be made to Durango High School Football. Checks can be made out to Durango High School with 'Football' written in the memo line, and can be dropped off at the high school's Athletics Office or Front Desk.
Published in The Durango Herald on May 11, 2018
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