Obituary: Walter Carlton Genest, U.S. Navy, Retired
December 9, 2008
Walter was born Jan. 31, 1924 in Glendale, Calif. He lived the last 15 years in Homewood, Calif. and passed away Dec. 5, 2008.
At the outbreak of WWII, he joined the U.S. Navy and served with honor and pride until his disability discharge in 1953. During WWII he saw action as a boatswain’s mate in the Atlantic as well as the invasion of Tripoli. He later joined the submarine service and eventually became a crime scene photographer for the shore patrol in Corpus Christi, Texas. After the Navy, he became a manager at Lockheed Missiles and Space Division in Burbank, Calif. While at Lockheed, Walter worked on the logistical support for the Polaris, Poseidon and Trident missile systems. In 1978 he moved to Tahoe City and opened a bed and breakfast which he operated for many years to the delight of hungry skiers, both snow and water. During his life at Tahoe, Walter was active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, rising to the rank of Flotilla Commander.
He was very active in the Tahoe City Optimist Club.
He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Robyn Genest and her son, Laddie; by his sons Michael, Gary, and Robin as well as adopted daughter Margret. He is also survived by grandsons Navy Lt. Thomas Genest, and U.S. Army Lt. Dennis Genest.
A local memorial service will be held in celebration of his life at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Fairway Community Center. Please contact Dana Tanner at 583-5616 if you have questions.
A pot luck luncheon will be held immediately after the service.