OBITUARY: Walton Chapman Oct. 20, 1927 – Nov. 16, 2014

WALTON CHAPMAN Oct. 20, 1927  Nov. 16, 2014

Walton Chapman, 87, went home to the Lord on Sunday, November 16, 2014. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Oct. 20, 1927 to George Walton Chapman and Helen Brandt Chapman, Walt was married to Joan Wallace, now deceased, for 54 years.  

Walt graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Psychology. He served in the USMC during WWII. He started Walton Chapman Builders Company in Santa Fe in 1966 developing some of the finest home and office communities in Santa Fe. During his time in Santa Fe, Walt was active in the community through philanthropy and volunteerism. He started the Santa Fe Homebuilders Association, served as president of the New Mexico Homebuilders Association, and is a Life Director of the National Association of Homebuilders.

He was president of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the United Way Campaign where he was instrumental in creating the 4th of July Pancake Breakfast on the Plaza. He was a member of the Building Trades Council at Santa Fe High School and the chairman of the Salvation Army Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce where he chaired the Small Business Council. He is the only builder in New Mexico to have been selected twice Builder of the Year by the New Mexico Association of Homebuilders. He was also selected Builder of the Year by the Santa Fe Homebuilders and won the Blue Chip Enterprises Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his loving companion, Margie Hyman; his sister, Kay Ford; four children: Cindy (Bill Harris), Mike (Debby), Beverly (Joe Ortiz), and Bill (Lily); seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition, Walt and Joan hosted several foreign exchange students who are very much still a part of the family today. Walt was never one to turn people away and believed in the virtues of caring, honesty, and generosity. His dedication to his clients, his employees, and his family will be his living legacy.

Services will be held Thursday, November 20, 10 a.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe.

The family requests donations be made in lieu of flowers to The Hospice Center of Presbyterian Medical Services or the Salvation Army.

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