Walter J. Webb, Jr., 93, of San Clemente, Calif., died Friday, March 1, 2013, after incurring a head injury, doing what he loved best, going on a long afternoon walk.
He was born June 27, 1919, in Winnipeg, Canada, to Walter J. Webb and Jessie Agnes Webb. He graduated from Mosier High School in 1938, which is where his interest in photography began. He went on to serve in World War II as a radarman and photographer on the USS Burleson until 1945. He then studied photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Calif., graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in July 1949. On Dec. 24, 1949 he married Colleen Ruikka.
While freelancing for area newspapers and Look magazine, he settled in Anaheim, Calif., in 1954. He owned a photography studio and spent his career taking portraits, retiring in 1982.
After retirement, his passions included landscape photography, oil painting, traveling, athletics and spending time with family.
He is survived by his sister, Hazel Lee; five children, Jeanne Reeves, Linda Brandt, Tom Webb, Suzanne Anderson, and Jim Webb; grandchildren Todd, Carrie, Brian, Rachelle, Serena, David, Christina, Johanna, Patrick, Tera, Nichole, Jamie, Jordan and Chase; 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Jessie Webb and his sister Gladys Roberts.
Services and burial will be Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at the Mosier Cemetery, 600 State Road, Mosier. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the service and the reception that will follow at the Mosier Grange Hall.
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