Oct 092013

Walter Sanford Caraway, 86, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Winslow. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 8 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Winslow. Burial followed in Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
He was born on June 23, 1927, in Electra, Texas, the youngest of eight children born to John and Francis Caraway.
In his youth he moved with his family to homestead some land in El Morro, N.M., south of Grants.
As a young man he worked various jobs, but would relate the most recollections about the time he worked for the US Geological Survey. This took him to the Northwest and up into the Alaska territory. Upon returning to New Mexico he hired out with Santa Fe Railroad.
He met Ann, his wife, in Gallup, N.M., and they married in 1954. All three of his sons were born in Gallup.
In 1962 his work with the Railroad B&B (Bridge & Building) brought his family to Winslow, where he resided for the last 50 years. Walter retired from the railroad in 1987 after 38 years of service.
He had a long retirement and was able to enjoy many summers at Roosevelt Lake area doing what he enjoyed most, fishing and pitching horseshoes.
Several bouts with cancer dominated his last few years. Through it all he relished his family and was most concerned with caring for Ann, his wife of 59 years.
Most of all, being around his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was what he enjoyed most. He recently enjoyed a family trip to Vallecito Lake, Colo.
Other hobbies included hunting and camping. He never missed a Diamondbacks or Phoenix Suns game on TV.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Caraway; three sons, Lloyd (Debbie) Caraway and David (Delanna) Caraway, both of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Robert (Shelly) Caraway of Winslow; a sister, Madge Burris of Grants; seven grandchildren, Brent (Leslie) Caraway of San Diego, Calif., Dan Caraway of Weatherford, Texas, Jon (Whitney) Caraway of Winslow, Andrew (Ivy) Caraway of Las Vegas, Nev., Drew Caraway of Odessa, Texas, Brian (Shae) Caraway of Grand Junction, Colo., and Logan Caraway of Ft. Worth; and four great-grandchildren, two more on the way.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.WalterCaraway2