Michael J. Walton

Oct. 7, 1945 – Dec. 20, 2012

A memorial service for Michel J. Walton will be held Friday, July 26, at 11:30 a.m. at Whaley Cemetery.  Michael died Dec. 20, 2012, in Billings.

He was born Oct. 7, 1945, the youngest of five children of Clarence and Anna McKinney Walton of Greybull. He grew up much like an only child until his nephew David joined him in his antics. The two became like brothers and maintained their close relationship through the years. He received his education in Greybull and graduated with the Class of 1963.

Mike attended the University of Wyoming and earned his accounting degree. He served in the ROTC program at UW and completed his military service as a 2nd Lieutenant.

He married Chiquita Pearce of Worland on Aug. 30, 1970; they made their home in Laramie. Whenever his schooling allowed, Mike worked for his brother Robert at Big Horn Redi-Mix and became proficient at whatever he was asked to do.

Mike and “Chiq” returned to Greybull to raise their three sons, Jon, Andy and Brady. When Chiq, his soul mate and mentor, died in 1990, Mike chose to make a new beginning and moved to Billings where he became a realtor.

Mike was very proud of his sons; as their sole parent he participated in their lives to the fullest.

His fun-loving spirit and hearty laugh were a delight to those in his company.

His parents, his wife Chiquita, two brothers, Robert and Anthony, and a nephew, Shaun Walton, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his three sons, Jon, Andy and Brady; two sisters, Betty and Julia; his mother-in-law, Darlene Pearce of Manderson, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

Mike loved the Big Horn Mountains and had many fond memories of hiking and hunting with his dad, brothers and sons. Mike’s extended family was important to him as well and in his honor several family members plan a trek to the top of Cloud Peak this weekend.