Since our last Celebration of Eagles event, we have lost one of our Distinguished Eagle Scouts. Dr. Dee H. Walker passed away in December of last year, but his life and legacy continue on in the work he did and the lives he touched.
Dee got to start Scouting earlier than most because his father was the Scoutmaster. Dee and his family went on hikes and campouts with the Scouts from the time he was young. As he grew up in Scouting, he learned to get along with other boys and develop an ability to associate with and understand people that would serve him for the rest of his life. Some of his favorite memories included Scout testimony meetings in Timpanogos Cave.
Dee also saw firsthand how Scouting can help young people develop a love for their country. He saw older boys from the area go off to war and occasionally noticed the flags in their parents windows change to black when one paid the ultimate sacrifice. He knew Scouting had given those boys the courage to do their duty to their country.
Dee talked about these experiences in the Distinguished Eagle Scout video last year:
What really distinguished Dee was what this Eagle Scout accomplished later. A nuclear scientist for 48 year, Dr. Walker was true to “Leave No Trace” principles as a pioneer in the safe and healthy long-term disposal of nuclear waste. He achieved national and international distinction as a member of the American Nuclear Society at the U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology, the Department of Energy Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburg, the Idaho Reactor Test Site in Idaho Falls, the Offshore Power Systems division of Westinghouse Company, Science Application Corporation in Augusta, Georgia and the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. His last career assignment involved preparing the environmental impact statement for the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Water Repository in Nevada.
Early lessons taught by Scouting and the boys he associated with helped Dee throughout his life. He exemplified the Scout Oath and Law and is a great example for Eagle Scouts and future Eagles everywhere.
Join us in celebrating our Eagle Scouts this month at the Celebration of Eagles.
About the event:
This year the Celebration of Eagles Banquet will be held in the Grande Ballroom at Utah Valley University. At this event we will recognize last year’s Eagle Scouts along with a number of notable men from our community with the NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. These men have made significant local, regional, and statewide career achievements. This event will be a night to celebrate Scouting and everything it does for our community and to connect with Eagle Scouts from across the Council.
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015
Time: 6:00- 8:00 PM
Location: The Grande Ballroom in the Sorenson Student Center
Utah Valley University 800 W. University Parkway, Orem
All are invited to attend!
Come celebrate your Eagle Scout and Eagles everywhere!
Author: Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America