Blaine’sReverend Walter to celebrate 80th birthday

Published on Thu, Jul 5, 2007 by JackKintner

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Blaine’s Reverend Walter to celebrate 80th birthday

By Jack Kintner

Reverend Don Walter turns 80 on Friday, July 6.
His birthday will be marked by a festive concert followed by a reception put on by members of the community and the Blaine United Church of Christ Congregational church, where he served for 30 years.

The festivities begin at 7 p.m. on July 6 at the church, 885 Fourth St., with an hour or more of music, some of which Walter will play himself.

He’s been practicing on his wife’s early birthday present to him, a brand new red baby grand piano that dominates their Birch Bay living room.

“I like popular music,” Walter said as he sat down at the keyboard and ran through a flawless rendition of “Who Could Ask for Anything More.”

He began playing at the age of seven, growing up on a farm near Billings, Montana, and playing on a piano his mother bought for him from money she earned selling butter, eggs and cream.

“It’s really a concert, and we hope people will come for that,” said Walter’s wife Ann, retired former administrator at Blaine’s Stafholt Good Samaritan Home, “and, of course, the free food.”

She added that she’s not sending out specific invitations, just “spreading the word.”

“Everyone is welcome,” she said.