John Louis Walton

John Louis Walton was born on November 21, 1945 in Burlingame, California to Frank and Pearl Walton. He graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School in southern California in 1964. In 1965 he joined the Army and served as a paratrooper, training with the Green Berets. After an honorable discharge, he studied at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California. From there he went to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he earned his BA degree in History. While at BYU he played center on the football team. After graduation, he coached at BYU under the legendary LaVelle Edwards. He also acted as recruiter briefly for the Denver Broncos. He was a successful business owner in Provo for many years with Wasatch Insurance Co. He married Melinda Miller in 1969. They had seven children. He lived in Provo for 35 years until he moved to Newberry, Florida to live first with his son, Brett, and then with his sister, Joy Glanzer, until his death. He also lived with his daughter Angela Grimmer in Sandy, Utah for a year. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1985 and as it progressed he became increasingly dependent upon his family. Through all of the struggles with the disease, John never once complained and was always the coach and mentor to everyone. His positive attitude in life permeated his every word. His joyful nature is legendary among his family and friends. Although John Walton was unable to walk, he climbed mountains in determination to make the best of what life had in store. He loved his family passionately. They were what he lived for.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Walton and Pearl Condit, and his sister, Judy Walton. He is survived by his children, Marcy Walton, Angela Grimmer, Jennelle Lutz, Tad Walton, Brett Walton, Adam Walton (Jenn), and Molly Walton (Ben), 17 grandchildren, Eva, Soren, Andrew, Ian, Willa, Jourdain, Taylour, Grace, Will, Kenzie, Cannon, Parker, Griffin, Brittany, Angela, K’Mea, Bodee, one great granddaughter, Kynzie, one great granddaughter on the way, Sienna Rose, and sister Joy Walton Glanzer (John). He is also survived by caregiver, Amy Waldrop, who so lovingly tended to his needs above and beyond.

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