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Walter Shoemaker

Walter L Shoemaker Jr.

October 3rd, 1929 - November 3rd, 2019
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Walter Louis Shoemaker, Jr., age 90, a long-time resident of Bosque Farms, NM, passed away on November 3, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Louis Shoemaker and Dorothy Mae Hixenbaugh, and his sister Patricia Drennan. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Peggy Pinkerton Shoemaker; his daughter Debra Shoemaker (Scott); his son Lee Shoemaker (Doreen); and his sister Barbara Mosley (Stan). Walter was a loving “Papa” to grandchildren Caitlin (Jason), Erin (Brendan), Justin, Tanya (Dwayne), Crystal, and great-grandchildren Bryce, Carlee, Tristen, Kaelynn, Aubree, Logan, Aria, Brynlee, and Christopher. Walter was a proud bilingual 3rd generation New Mexican. He was born in Raton and spent his early years at a remote sawmill in the northern New Mexico mountains near Ocate. He attended 8th grade at the original Bosque Farms Elementary when he lived with his aunt and uncle, Crystal and Chester Carpenter, two early WPA dairy farmers in Bosque Farms. He graduated from Springer High School in 1947 and on his 18th birthday he enlisted in the Navy, where he served from 19471952. After the Navy he began a 30 year career as technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories. In addition to his full time job at Sandia, Walter farmed 40 acres and raised beef cattle. He was also one of the original members of the Bosque Farms Volunteer Fire Department and served as the Fire Chief for over 27 years. Walter taught remote water shuttle methods at the state fire academy, and he and his son Lee created
a siphoning system that is now used nationwide and is known by fire fighters as “The Shoemaker”. When not working at his various jobs, Walter was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being outdoors, especially in northern New Mexico, and he never cared to travel anywhere out of state. Walter instilled in his family a love of nature, and the importance of education and community service. Walter was known for his sense of humor and for his ability to answer any question or provide the right tool for any job. He will be missed by his family and his community. A celebration of Walter’s life and a Firefighter’s Last Call will be held at the Bosque Farms Fire Station on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
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Lynda Hinds

Posted at 08:44am
If ever there was a siren going off or something happening in Bosque Farms, we knew we could stop by Walter's house or call him and he would know what was going on because he always had his firefighter's radio on. He was always listening and ready to help out anyone in need. We will all miss you, Walter! 10-4, good buddy. Much love to the Shoemakers and family. - Lynda Hinds

Tom Laub

Posted at 11:26am
My father and I were lucky enough to go hunting with Walt (with Lee and Bob Stinebaugh) a few times in northern New Mexico around the area where he was raised and once in southern New Mexico. His stories of those days and the others in the area were the highlight of the nights around the campfire. Walt was a joy to be around. I have thought about those few hunts quite a bit in recent years and wouldn't trade those memories for anything in the world. Please accept my condolences and know that Walt is and will continue to be remembered. -Tom Laub

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