CMDCM (SW) Walter A Fanton USN (RET) 79 passed away January 25, 2022. He was born June 17, 1942, in Wellsville NY to Clifford and Shirley Fanton. Grew up in the Buffalo area till joining the Navy in 1959.
Walt proudly served our country in the Navy for 30 years. He happily gave his all to the following sets of orders.
June 59- Dec 59 RTC/NTCGREATLAKES.ILL
Jan 60-JULY 62 USS BENNINGTON (CVE-20)
Aug 62-OCT 63 NAVSTAARGENTIA NFLD.
OCT 63-MAY 64 COMBARFORLANTSTAFF
MAY 64-DEC 65 NAVSUBBASE.NEW LONDON. CONN
MAR 66-MAY 67 USS WILLIAM M WOOD (DD-715)
AUG 67-AUG 68 PBR RIVER SECTION 533
OCT 68-MAY 70 USS NEWMAN K PERRY (DD-883)
MAY 70-JAN 72 USS HARTLEY (DE-1029)
MAR 72-FEB 74 NAVCORCOURSCEN. SCOTIA. NY
FEB 74- NOV 75 NAVEDTRAPRODEVCEN. PNCLA.FL
NOV 75- NOV 78 USS SANTA BARBARA (AE- 28)
DEC 78-FEB 81 NROTC UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER NY
MAR 81-AUG 84 USS FAHRION (FFG-22)
AUG 84-MAY 87 NROTCJACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY
MAY 87-JULY 89 USS VREELAND (FF-1068
Retirement 89 MAYPORT, FL
Upon retiring from the Navy Walt continued his service to the military and its members thru the Dept of Labor as an advocate for veteran's re-employment rights and finding business's that could hire veterans with many different skills.
Walt is survived by his son Dale (Lori) and Daughter Michelle (Wes) 3 grandsons,4grand-daughtersand 1 great- grandson and 1 great- granddaughter.
We shall all remember him with PRIDE and HONOR.
Celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Feb.5 2022 at 11AM at Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home, 3600 3rd St South. Jacksonville Beach Fl. 904-249-1100.