Evalyn Walker Hanlon of Bend, Oregon, died December 5, 2007 of cancer. She was 85.

Mrs. Hanlon was born March 3, 1922 in Holtville, California. She was the daughter of Frederic B. and Marie (Mason) Walker. Her father’s family founded and operated the Willows Resort in Alpine. Her mother’s family was from downtown San Diego.

She moved with her family to the Walker dairy in Santee in 1926 when she was four years old. She has resided or owned property on the dairy site ever since.

She attended Lakeside Union Elementary school and graduated in 1939 from Grossmont High School. In that year she was the Lakeside Rodeo Queen, being selected as the “Champion Outdoor Girl” from all of the San Diego County high schools. She graduated with honors from University of California, Berkeley in 1943. In 1945, she was one of the first women in California to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

She married John J. Hanlon, son of a California State Assemblyman from Los Angeles, in 1947. They resided in Bend, Oregon since 1966.

She taught adult education accounting for Central Oregon Community College and was active in farming, skiing, tennis, horses and bridge.

She is survived by a son, Bill Hanlon, of Bend, Oregon; daughters Sharlan Colson of Lebanon, Oregon and Marie Landers of Boise, Idaho; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Frederic B. Walker, Jr. and Bevan M. Walker; and sister Sally (Stokes/Fay) Traughber.

A Reception for family and friends will be held in her honor at her home in Santee, 11045 Hillcreek Road, on Sunday, January 20, 2008, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. All are invited. Phone 646 259-2481 for details.


San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) – Sunday, January 13, 2008