The “Great Larry Walker” passed away October 1, 2020. Larry Kyle Walker Sr, born March 21, 1938 in Culver City CA. Larry was the employer of thousands, friend of hundreds, mentor of dozens, grandfather & uncle of 12, father of 2 and an amazing & loving husband. Larry served our country as a Marine right out of college, then to become a famous hotelier. President of the Central FL Hotel Association and voted by his global peers, “International Hotelier of the Year”. But, Larry started his career in the hotel business as a banquet bus-boy. Years later he was opening & running hotels all over the world for Sheraton Corp. He retired as senior VP. Larry went on to run his own hotel & restaurant company and then to mentor other entrepreneurs in a wide range of start-up business opportunities.
He rarely talked about himself but lifted up those around him. Larry had a deep faith in God, love of country, family & athletics. He leaves behind his wife of 32 years, Margaret Jan (Riley), sons Larry Kyle Walker, Jr and Kai Richardson Walker. Larry, known as “Big Walk“ by friends, “Mr Walker” by employees and “Big Daddy“ by his 5 grands.
The Presidents and heads of state he met with, the awards Larry received, the local & national non-profit boards on which he served, and the lives he changed with his uplifting encouragement, are too many to list here. A celebration of his life EVENT will be planned for early Nov, at the Walker’s home, for family & friends. He would want us to lift a glass to him, not sit.
In lieu of flowers or anything else, please consider making a monetary gift (large or small) to Valencia College Foundation, Larry K Walker Scholarship Fund, (in his honor) MPO Box 3028, Orlando FL 32802 or go to www.Valencia.org to dedicate a contribution. He was very proud of what Valencia does for its students and always wanted to help them with a scholarship. Let’s make that happen.