At the end of WWII, Lynn R. Walker left the United States
Air Force with a desire to join the funeral industry. During
his service, he had discovered his passion for honoring the
deceased and for supporting the bereaved. His goal was to create
funeral services that would help families find peace and comfort at
the difficult time of death.
Mr. Walker's journey started in Los Angeles at the
California College of Mortuary Science. After graduation, he
returned to Utah and earned experience with local mortuaries before
embarking on his goal of founding his own firm. Mr. Walker opened
the doors to his first funeral home in Spanish Fork, Utah in 1952
and his dream became a reality-a harsh reality-as he struggled for
years to keep the doors open. There were existing funeral homes in
the area that had long been established in the community. Without
ever being deterred, Lynn Walker persevered knowing that his unique
philosophy and genuine caring in funeral services would set him
apart in the long run.
As his reputation grew and his determination won out, Mr.
Walker began to establish himself as the prevailing funeral
director in Utah County. He opened his Payson location in 1971 and
his Provo location in 1973. The plan included that his funeral
homes would always be overseen by family, so, after he personally
and successfully ran his company for many years, Lynn Walker passed
the operations and his love for the business on to his sons Stewart
and Allyn. They, along with five more of the succeeding generation
of Walker's have been running the business ever since.
When the opportunity came to open a location in Orem,
Utah, Stewart and Allyn Walker met Tom Sanderson-a local funeral
director of 20 years. Mr. Sanderson agreed to bring his experience
and expertise into the Walker business to contribute to growth,
expansion, and increased reputation for offering the best. In 1993,
they shook hands to create Walker Sanderson and establish
themselves as the leader in offering compassionate and professional
For 60 years now, Walker Family Mortuaries have been very
proud of the quality of the services they offer and will continue
to do so for generations to come.