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John Mark Walker

August 7, 1940 - November 19, 2018

John Mark Walker, 78, died November 19, 2018, in Lincoln. Born August 7, 1940, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, he was the son of Edwin and Lona Walker. A graduate of Stroud (Oklahoma) High School, Walker earned his B.A. from Oklahoma City University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University.

Walker taught philosophy at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and then at Nebraska Wesleyan University from 1969 until his retirement in 2002. He is the author of 'What the Hoops Junkie Saw: Poems, Stories, and Reflections on the Passing Scene.' He was also a prolific songwriter and musician, recording and performing his brand of country-blues music for more than 50 years.

He was a long-time traveler with the Nebraska Arts Council's Touring Artists program and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as Nebraska's representative in the Center's State Days concert series. Walker also founded Prairie Dog Music, an independent music label featuring recordings by dozens of regional artists.

Walker is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Saxon of Madill, Oklahoma; son, Mark Walker of Lincoln; daughter, Kelly Walker of Seattle, Washington; two granddaughters; and special friend, Dena Zimmer of Lincoln.

A public celebration of Walker's life will be held in Lincoln at a time and site to be determined.

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