Kenwood Press


Serving the communities of Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Oakmont

email print
Obituaries: 06/01/2009

Herbert Leland Walkup, 1923-2009





Longtime Oakmont resident Herb Walkup, a prominent member of the Oakmont Symposium and a familiar visitor to Kenwood – he can best be remembered wearing a dashing Stetson while driving his fire-engine-red 1949 Jeepster in a recent Fourth of July parade here – passed away May 20 at Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa. He was 86, and though he was a non-smoker, suffered from a sudden and unexpected onset of lung cancer.

Born April 19, 1923, at Stanford Lane Hospital in San Francisco, Herb grew up in the Richmond and Sunset Districts, scion of a family descended from Scottish aristocracy. His father, Herbert Leland Walkup, Sr. and his grandfather, Ward Bell Walkup, were in a partnership owning Walkup and Sons, a turn-of-the-century printing and mapmaking firm in downtown San Francisco. Herb’s mother was Helen Frances Morgan, daughter of William Russell and Frances Rowe Morgan.

In 1941 Herb was graduated from that city’s Polytechnic High School and in 1947 (after a brief stint in the army during WW II) from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. Herb’s professional career began as a foreman on purebred Angus and Hereford ranches in the Central Valley, returning to San Francisco in the early 1950s. In 1956 he married Barbara Lorene Rutherford and launched his career as a salesman for Bekins; one of his proudest jobs was moving the George Lucas firm from San Rafael to Lucas Valley. After becoming an executive, he moved his family to Marin County. Along with their daughter Suzanne and son Steven, the Walkups were dedicated lovers of the outdoors, spending many summers hiking and camping the High Sierra, and winters skiing at their cabin in Tahoe. In 1988 he retired to Oakmont with his wife Barbara, herself an accomplished naturalist and writer. Barbara Walkup passed away in 1992.

Herb is survived by his sister, Helen Walkup Arrington; son, Steven Leland Walkup; daughter-in-law, Dr. Deborah Jean Owen and grandchildren, Amanda Mae Owen-Walkup and Zachary Leland Owen-Walkup; his daughter Suzanne Lorene Walkup Dobbs; son-in-law Robert W. Dobbs and grandsons Gary William Dobbs and Ryan Christopher Dobbs.

A private gathering to celebrate Herb’s life will be held in Oakmont on Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. Please contact Steve Walkup at swalkup@walkupclark.com for details.

Herb was an ardent supporter of the Yosemite Fund, the Yosemite Association, and the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center, where he taught money management. Donations may be made to these organizations and to the American Cancer Society.



Recently Published:

02/15/2020 - Allen Clark Chamberlain, age 39
02/15/2020 - Darrell B. Carter, optometrist, champion of diversity, civil rights
02/01/2020 - David James Vogl
10/15/2019 - Albert Joseph Sunseri, 1928-2019
10/15/2019 - Shirley Shannon Coops, former Kenwood resident
08/15/2019 - Theodore L. Eliot, diplomat, conservationist
08/01/2019 - Mark Hubenette, age 47
08/01/2019 - Robert William DeLacy, 1963-2019
07/01/2019 - William J. Murray, former Glen Ellen fire chief
06/15/2019 - Philip “Phil” Copenhaver
06/01/2019 - Robert Emanuel Bonino
06/01/2019 - Anne Perrin Teller
05/15/2019 - Diane Marie Celi, memorial June 3
05/15/2019 - Al Medeiros, OVA Board member
05/15/2019 - Ann Margaret “Greta” MacLeod, 1927-2019
05/01/2019 - Patricia Lynette Faires, 1936-2019
04/15/2019 - Virginia Lindstrom, 1931-2019
04/01/2019 - Susan Marie Wulff, 1961-2019
03/15/2019 - Kevin Donald Tonelli
03/01/2019 - Claire Morelli, 1932-2019
02/15/2019 - Steven Klausner, former Glen Ellen resident and dove trainer
02/15/2019 - Ian Hunter MacNair, 1989-2019
02/01/2019 - Elaine Adele Schukler (Bianchini)
01/15/2019 - Tish Ward, pioneer in sustainable agriculture
11/15/2018 - Bernice Helene Rose, 1930-2018

Community Calendar

Oakmont Farmers Market
02/22/2020
more...
Yoga Hike
02/22/2020
more...
Observatory open
02/22/2020
more...
Emmaus Inclusive Community service and potluck supper
02/23/2020
more...
Sons of Hermann German Club
02/25/2020
more...
Oakmont Kiwanis Club meets
02/27/2020
more...
Oakmont Farmers Market
02/29/2020
more...
Bill & Dave lead a leisurely hike at Sugarloaf
02/29/2020
more...
Hospice fundamentals
03/04/2020
more...
Big Heart dinner
03/06/2020
more...
GEK Rotary crab feed
03/21/2020
more...


Weather Underground PWS KCAKENWO2