In Memoriam Walter La Rue

Walter La Rue

Walter J. La Rue (Uncle Walt) passed away June 12. He leaves behind many, many dear friends and family.

Walt was born of American parents in Canada. His love of horses guided him throughout his life. He started off as a guide and packer in Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and the majestic High Sierras of California, sharing his love of the outdoors with anyone crossing his path.

For the next 12 years Walt’s career led him to professional bareback riding (horses and bulls). He became a gold card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Rodeoing led Walt to an adventurous and long lasting career as a Hollywood stuntman. He appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows and in 2007 was recognized by the movie industry when he was presented a Golden Boot Award (that’s an Oscar for cowboys).

Entertaining came naturally to Uncle Walt, he loved singing and playing the guitar (both on and off the microphone). He was an accomplished artist; sketching, drawing, painting and a lifetime of cartoons. He was especially proud of his published book Cartoons from the Buckboard. Walt’s artwork, numbering in the thousands, is held in private collections and galleries across the United States.

Walt’s life was a life well lived.

Funeral services are Saturday June 26, 12:00 PM at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills.

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