Dallen Bryce Walker, age 17 , tragically passed away September 20, 2014 as a result of a single vehicle rollover south of Colstrip. We have no real answers as to why Dallen had to leave us so soon; we just know that we will miss him with all our hearts. Dallen was a beloved grandson, son, and friend. He never met a person that he didn’t call a friend. He touched many lives in his short 17 years.
He came into this life on June 23, 1997. He was immediately whisked off to NICU because he was blue. His fighting spirit began at that time; he being the largest and loudest baby in the unit. His parents knew it would be an adventure when they had to sleep on the laundry room floor while he was strapped in his infant seat on top of the vibrating dryer to keep him asleep. At a year and a half, Dallen managed to escape from his crib by kicking the end of it off. As the years passed there were additional adventures which involved Dallen; some ending well and some not so well. His amazing athletic abilities started when at 3-1/2 years old took off on his bike, with no training wheels, and with no assistance from mom and dad. A neighbor reported that he had seen Dallen flying across the top rail of a 6′ privacy fence to let the neighbor kids in the back yard. He was also seen licking his feet and climbing up a street sign, sitting on the top of it like a swinging monkey—laughing all the time. His first love was football and the first year of tackle football, he slept in the helmet and pads for two nights. Later on he found basketball and that turned out to be his true love. Dallen played both football and basketball for Colstrip High School. He was injured on the fourth day of football practice his freshman year but his tenacity and hard work enabled him to be out on the basketball court playing varsity by tournament time. He just wanted to be out there to play the game!
Although he came off a little awkward and shy, there was a side of him that many did not know. He schemed, plotted, and executed many fine pranks, mostly on family but some on friends. They started fairly simple and small but escalated into much more creative adventures. His closest friends always knew that he had some type of scheme going. His latest pursuits have been making videos, including basketball tricks, ping pong trick shots and a crazy dancing, basketball playing monkey. He always had a very tender heart, was the peace-maker of the family, and wrote poems for his mom. He was encouraging to his family members.
Dallen is survived by his mother and father, Rachelle and Brent Walker; sister, Madison Walker; brothers, Hunter and Brady Walker. His grandparents are George and Donna Walker and Sandy Bailey of Billings. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Ken Bailey. He leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:00 at the LDS Church, 115 Cherry Street, Colstrip, Montana. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital, Shriner’s Transportation Fund, or the charity of your choice.
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements and condolences may be sent by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com