Marshall and Linda Walker
March 25, 2019
The late Marshall Walker was born to nonfarming parents in Oroville, Calif. He was passionate about horses and cattle and acquired experience through ranching jobs in his youth.
He joined the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict but was discharged due to a service-related injury. He took a job in Red Bluff, Calif., where he met his wife, Linda, and they had two kids — Laurel and Scott.
When the Wilson Brothers, Orland, Calif., dispersed their registered polled herd in 1966, Marshall came home with his first registered cows. He raised bulls for local commercial herds and consigned bulls to several sales in the area. He used AI and studied pedigrees to see which bulls would work best on his cows, with DR World Class 517 10H being his final AI bull.
He was a director of the Tehama County Farm Bureau, a past president of the Northern-Cal Appaloosa Association and the director of the Tehama County Cattlemen’s Association.
Marshall died on April 6, 2017, at age 82 after a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. His brand, the MW bar, is on his headstone. He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Los Molinos, son Scott of Pleasanton, Calif., daughter, Laurel of Los Molinos, and three grandchildren.