Walker, Jeffrey Ross
Jeffrey Ross Walker, 61, a geologist and co-founder of AJA Technical Services/Elvado Environmental LLC, died on July 25, 2020, in his home in Albuquerque, NM, after a protracted battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie Gordon Walker. He is survived by his wife, Jill A. Mortimore, his 20-year-old son, Riley Ross Walker, his mother, Glenna Toone Walker, his uncle, Douglas Glen Toone, and his siblings, Leslie Scott Walker (Kathy), Mitchell Glen Walker (Samuel), and Juliah Walker (Steve). He also leaves behind friends Tony Baldwin and Scott Nolter, who were like brothers, as well as other dear friends and colleagues.
Jeff loved rocks, books, schnitzel, Steely Dan, and freshly powdered ski slopes. He often defied convention and had a healthy disregard for authority. Jeff was a stream of gold in an ordinary band of rock: precious and unique. “Watch me plow,” he cried defiantly as he drove his Volkswagen Rabbit into a snow bank, only to get stuck, eliciting curses from his irate father and peals of laughter from his siblings. During a cave tour in Texas, when the tour guide asked the group for the name of a famous, Texas dinosaur, Jeff replied, “Barbara Bush.”
When Jeff was in grade school, his father moved the family from the home town of Ogden, Utah, where Jeff was born in 1959, to the eastern United States and on to Germany, where Jeff attended high school and made life-long friends. The family moved from Kaiserslautern, Germany to Texas where Jeff attended the University of Texas San Antonio, earning his geology degree. His work took him to Tennessee in 1986 where he lived and worked until 2018 when he and his wife and son moved to Albuquerque and fulfilled his dream of returning to the Southwest where he could study the geology and snow ski.
For over 30 years, Jeff worked in the environmental monitoring and clean-up business performing work in Tennessee and sites all over the US. He and his long-time friend and business partner, Toby Harrison, published hundreds of documents and reports related to groundwater monitoring for the Department of Energy plants in Oak Ridge, TN.
When he was sent home from the hospital to die, instead of wallowing in his misfortune, he took day trips throughout New Mexico to appreciate the beauty and geology with his devoted wife and son, and a long trip to Texas to visit family. He was a fighter, whose quick wit and loud, infectious laugh will be sorely missed.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Jeffrey Ross Walker at www.cancer.org
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