Walter L. Baxter
Walter Lawrence “Larry” Baxter, 91, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, formerly of Uvalde, died on Oct. 30, 2017, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, one week before what would have been his 92nd birthday.
He was born on Nov. 6, 2017, in Batesville to Jessie Hattie (King) and James Houston Baxter.
Baxter graduated from Batesville High School in 1943, and joined the U.S. Navy. He attained the rank of petty officer third class, gun fire controlman, and served aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Herbert J. Thomas before being discharged in 1946.
He attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville and graduated with a degree in business administration. He received a graduate degree in administrative education from Texas State University, then known as Southwest Texas State University, in San Marcos in 1951.
The family says he met the love of his life, Ida Mae Allen, at the university. The couple married on April 21, 1953, in Lytle, three months after their first date.
He was an educator in the Texas public school system for 34 years. He worked at Uvalde High School, and was principal at Knippa Independent School District. He also taught driver’s education courses to many area students.
He and his wife spent three terms teaching English at universities in China, where they had interesting experiences and the family says the couple modeled a Christian example for others.
His hobbies included coin and stamp collecting and hunting arrowheads, and family and friends benefited from his skills at carpentry, pecan harvesting and gardening. Baxter made lifelong friends with these activities and graced many walls with frames of artistically arranged arrowheads which he crafted. In his later years, he was known to carry pecans in his pocket to share with others.
The family says Baxter expressed his love of God as a Sunday school teacher and church deacon at Baptist Temple Church and First Baptist Church of Uvalde, and with charitable acts at school and at a food pantry in Oklahoma.
As a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, “Grandpa Larry” babysat, and attended events supporting the children’s academic, musical, athletic and professional activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and three brothers.
Baxter is survived by his wife of 66 years of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; three children, Jessica Hart and husband, Doug, of Uvalde, Dana Lacy and husband, Chris, and Allen Baxter and wife, Valerie, all of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two brothers-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family is not planning a funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to a church or charity of one’s choice.
Cards may be sent to Ida Mae Baxter, 4335 S. 200th Ave. E., Broken Arrow, OK, 74014.
A life motto Baxter utilizes was Philippians 4:19: I know that my creator shall supply all of my needs according to his riches in glory.