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Walter Ames

Walter Lansing Ames

Saturday, August 17th, 1946 - Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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Walter Lansing Ames, 73, of Orem, Utah passed away peacefully in his home on June 22, 2020 surrounded by family and friends. He shamelessly thumbed his nose at Parkinson’s disease for more than a decade and finally needed some rest. We celebrate his life and honor his legacy of love, humor, service, knowledge and generosity.

He was born August 17, 1946 in Long Beach, CA to Bill and Frances Ames, and is survived by his wife, 6 children, sister and brother, bonus mom, and a host of grandkids. He served an LDS mission in Japan, after which he married Evelyn, the love of his life, in 1969. Walt had an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and earned degrees from BYU (BS), University of Michigan (PhD), and Harvard Law School (JD). Having a deep love of Japan and an intrinsic understanding of its culture, he and his family spent more than 20 years living in the region in both professional and ecclesiastical contexts, the highlight of which was leading the Japan Nagoya Mission for the LDS Church from 1991-1994.

Walt’s professional career included business consultant, executive search (aka “head hunting”), and university professor. One of his biggest loves was reading about war history and world culture. He was also an avid swimmer and had a great love of bluegrass music.

Walt was a devoted husband and loving and engaged father. He traveled the world with his family, sharing disparate cultures and ways of being through the lens of an enlightened anthropologist, expanding and enriching the worldview of all around him. No matter the culture or location, Walt was a gifted conversationalist and quick to make friends with all who met him. He was a great source of wisdom, guidance and support to all who knew him. He tried to live in this world with kindness and to serve with love. We love you Dad!

The viewing will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10-12 at the Orem Utah Suncrest Stake Center at 90 North 600 West. All are welcome. We respectfully request that you wear a face mask.

Please share your photos and memories at Nelson Mortuary (link). In lieu of flowers, please take a loved one out for katsudon, tako yaki or a mango lassi.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Suncrest 10th Ward
    90 North 600 West
    Orem, Utah 84057
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 27th, 2020 1:00pm
    Orem City Cemetery
    1520 N 800 E
    Orem, Utah 84097
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Todd and Lori Budge

Posted at 09:31am
Your memory will live on in our hearts. These trees are symbolic of how you helped our family get rooted, and how your influence lives on.

3 trees were planted in the memory of Walter Ames

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Todd Budge

Posted at 09:21am
Walt was a dear friend and mentor. He was influential in the early days of my career. He believed in me and saw the potential I could not. His legacy will live on in the lives of many students and friends that he so graciously loved and supported.

Linda Holman

Posted at 03:52pm
Wal was all his obituary said and more, He was so kind and always had a smile. He will be missed by his family but also his neighbors.

Don Marsh

Posted at 01:27am
Walt Ames was a friend of Jesus and a member of the Harvard Fraternity of the Saints.

Like unto Jesus

i Until
You feel another’s pain
How can you be like Jesus

ii Until
You feel the rhythm and the rain
How do you know the things he felt

iii Until
You live and you lay down your life
How will you ever know your friend

© June 18, 2020
J Posted at 04:55pm

I met and knew Walt while he was an attorney in Palo Alto. I enjoyed our friendship and am greatly saddened to learn of his passing. Walt was definitely one of the good guys!

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