Wayne Walters who has lived in Topanga, California for the last 20 years, passed away at home on November 18, 2008, aged 60, after a courageous year-long battle with esophageal cancer. Wayne was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and traveled extensively during his childhood as son of a Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air Force.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SUE WALTERS
Wayne Walters, a man of many interests, in November 2007.
Wayne graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, continued on to graduate school and attained a Master of Science in Operations Research and completed all course work towards a PhD in Industrial Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. As his career in aerospace engineering progressed at TRW (now Northrop-Grumman), he returned to graduate school and attained an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
He enjoyed traveling, rock climbing, scuba diving, mountaineering, learning, writing, playing musical instruments (his favorite being the banjo), and was an avid reader of almost everything in his continuous thirst for knowledge.
Wayne was a loving, thoughtful husband and a caring, guiding, and supportive father to his children.
He is survived by his wife Sue, son Brennan, daughters Amber, Heather, and Samantha, parents Lieutenant Colonel George S. Walters USAF (retired) and Ozelle Walters, and brother Curtis Walters and his family.
His ashes will be scattered privately at sea near where he used to dock the 32- foot sailboat he built, Mon Panache.
A life celebration will be held on Sunday, December 7 at 1 p.m. at the Mermaid in Topanga Canyon. There is no parking permitted at the Mermaid or in the neighboring streets. Complimentary van shuttle service and parking will be provided at the Theatricum Botanicum parking lot at 1419 North Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Topanga, California 90290 for the short distance to the Mermaid.