I am sad to find out today that Walt had passed. He was stationed with my husband at Ft. Benning GA and spent a great deal of time at my home. The small group of medics was my family as I had never been that far from my own. We all hung out nearly every night and on the weekends. I have many memories of him. We would all stay up late and chat and listen to music. He would cuddle with our dogs and they loved him too. He shared his love of art with me and introduced me to amazing music. After he left the Army you could say we all lost touch with him. I would check in on him periodically to make sure he was ok. Today I randomly thought of him so I decided to look him up once again only to find the tragic ending of his life. He was a great friend, a kind soul, and would do anything for us. My heart hurts and I wish I could have said good bye and told him what he meant to me. And to thank him for being my family when mine was so far away. May you have eternal happiness Walt as you float among the clouds. Until we meet again my friend.
My son served with Walt in Basic Training and Fort Benning. One weekend after not seeing my son for a while, Walt drove him down here to Jax, Fl, so our son could have a visit home . Walt came into our home and was a total gentleman - and curiously, he was attracted to our cat; a tortoise calico. I tried to warn him she was not a very nice cat - she new she was pretty and used that as a guise to draw in prey. (Kind of like that cat on Shrek.) Walt was short on his visit and used the rest room to freshen up - as he was heading out to another destination. As soon as he exited the rest room, the cat was right outside the door waiting for him. I have to chuckle as his instinct was to reach down ant pet her. Well, needless to say - she tore into him like a tornado. He came around the corner saying - I didn't do anything - really! And I told him I was sorry and that was what I was trying to warn him about. It is a sweet memory I will always have of Walt. Sincerely, Erin Murphy
I shared a memory that wasn't posted here. Walt once said he would like to watch the jellyfish apocalypse with me, sit back and watch the whole world destroy itself. Though I was but a brief part of his life, I really would have liked to be by his side to see what happens---and maybe even to help make some part of our worlds better for everyone. I...wonder if anyone who is signed up here might be willing or interested in talking with me on the phone a short while. As bizarre as it may be, I feel as though I can't really function without understanding a few things. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to give a phone number after contact is made through e-mail. Please know. that this. is very important to me.
I took that photograph. I just learned of Walt's passing today, and though few may understand how devastated and distraught I feel (because I knew him for such a very short period of time), I want to say that I know what a tragedy it is that he is gone and that I'm very sorry for all of those who are in pain this winter because of what has happened. Walt visited me in Kansas City for Christmas in 2008. He said our lives would forever be intertwined. He never gave me an explanation for extracting himself from my life and I dispaired because of his silence and stalked him online occasionally to see the art he'd made or...curious at his happenings, always hoping for his happiness. We played on a gargantuan ice fountain the day I took the picture of him in the hat; we slipped, slided, peeked into green-gloomed water holes where lights shone and we could almost see water droplets freeze on their way to the rest of the mass. His way with words was as magnificent as his whimsical doodles. Though I didn't know him long and felt I knew him far too quickly, though I've questioned for two years whether or not I knew him at all, I do know he had a lot to offer those close to him-- and a lot he could have given his world. He will always be my most powerful mystery. -Christa
Walt's picture just appeared on my facebook page. I am so sorry to hear the news that he is no longer with us. I worked with Walt. He was the most incredible and honorable male aide I have ever worked with. I was blessed to know him even for one short year.
I miss you so very much walt! you were such a great friend to me through all these years we have known eachother! you were always there for me to listen and i wish i could have been there for you.:( i pray everyday that you are happy now and that you are watching over your family. I hope you forever know what you mean to them. I have known you since i was in 3rd grade and i miss everyday that we laughed together and smiled together. May you sleep with the angels and know we all love and miss you more than words can express.
I miss you, monkey. I didn't do enough, for you or Sheryl. I'm sorry I wasn't as good to you as you were to me. I'll live with this forever. But I love you. I can still hear your laugh. Thank you for the memories.
Shay & Family: I'm so sorry for your loss. I've read the articles. I know Walt was so special to you all. Take comfort in knowing that you will see Walt again someday. May you all find peace somewhere in this storm.
I never had the opportunity to meet Walt but I do know his mother and how much she loved him. Walt brought joy to many. Both Walt and Sheryl were deeply loved by many whose hearts will be forever broken. May this site bring a nugget of comfort to all. Wishing Peace to all especially Walt and Sheryl. Maureen Dunkel Tampa, Florida
I find it very interesting that you have this memorial all of Walt. No pictures or any word said about the INNOCENT women HE KILLED!!
You were always a good friend. You were great to talk to. You always made me laugh. I will miss you. You were a friend to me when I didn't have many. I am sorry for how your life ended my dear friend.
i remember in 8th grade when we almost got suspended for being in a 'secret society'. i remember in high school when you would pass me in the halls and shake my hand, because that's just the way you were. i remember living with you and chris after high school and all the times we stayed up all night, listening to music and talking. i remember sharing stories of triumph and pain, crying and laughing and just being. i'll remember.
Please keep the family Sheryl Allen in your prayers as well. My thoughts and prayers are with the LeMaire Family.
walt , i will m iss you i am glad i got to know you again, my pray and my heart is with you. love aunt mayola
Remember you when you were little teasing Halaya and Summer
Words cannot express how sorry we are that this tragedy has happened. You were a good mother to Walt and I know that he loved you very much and you loved him. We don't know why these things happen, but at least now he is at peace with himself. The hardest part of all of this is for the loved ones left behind. Know that I am here for you any time, any day. I am praying for you and your entire family. Know that God is there with you, just lean on him. Love always, Annette and Lisa