Industry mourns Walker Agency founder

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Mike Walker, president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, died Thursday, surrounded by his family, at a Hospice near his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 64.

“The [non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver] just got to be too much to battle,” Walker’s wife, Mary, wrote on the family’s CaringBridge website. “As if everyone knew last night would be his last, the whole family came over to have a family dinner and to be with him. … Everyone knew the end was in sight, and were able to say their goodbyes.”

The Walker Agency, which Walker formed in 1982, specialized in representing outdoor recreation clients, including longtime OWAA supporters Yamaha Motor Corp., BoatUS, Toyota Motor Sales, Safari Club International and many others.

Walker produced and wrote for two nationally syndicated radio programs, “The World of Ducks Unlimited” and “Toyota Outdoors.” He also wrote a marketing column for Soundings Trade Only, plus freelance articles in Boat and Motor Dealer and Boating World magazines.

Walker also was a founding vice president, overseeing membership, for the Marine Marketers of America.

“Mike was a true pro who worked his heart out for his clients,” said Mark Taylor, OWAA first vice president. “This is a guy who, when he was working with Toyota, showed up at an OWAA conference with a Prius, and that was the car all those truck-driving outdoorsmen ended up talking about. He was that good.”

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