The City of Chico has lost an icon. George Walker whose name adorns many buildings in Chico passed away Monday morning. Mr. Walker was a lifetime member and an Honorary Colonel of the Salvation Army.
Mr. Walker's life-long vision was to bring an adult drug and alcohol rehabilitation program to Chico. He spearheaded the effort to raise more than five-million dollars and after 22 years of dedication, The George Walker Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Program opened its doors 10 years ago and has helped hundreds get sober.
Walker's latest endeavor was to build a new Salvation Army Community Center on East 16th Street in the Chapmantown area. Ground will be broken this January.
Walker loved people and didn't want to see them suffer.
Through the Salvation Army he wanted to help those before they became homeless. He succeeded.
Walker was on many boards, including Chico Rotary and was a founding member of the Chico Old Goats Society. He had been battling cancer.
George Walker was a legend. He loved Chico and had lived in this city for more than 60 years. He was a straight talker and a good friend. George Walker was 97.