OBIT: Walter J. Chavers Malek
Walter Jake Chavers MalekWALTER JAKE CHAVERS MALEK entered eternal rest Tuesday, February 1, 2005 after a short illness.Born April 11, 1945, the son of Robert Chavers and Warrene Slade in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he was adopted in his early teens by Jerome H. Malek of Houston upon his mother's marriage. He attended Waltrip High School and graduated from San Marcos Academy, San Marcos, Texas. He then attended Blinn Junior College and Louisiana Tech before joining the United States Navy in 1966. Walter was a former member of the Houston Fire Department, and assisted in organizing the Ambulance Division.Preceded in death by his parents and infant brother, Robert Chavers, he is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Lee Malek, son Eric J. Malek and wife Fleta, daughter Kathryn L. Malek, granddaughter Ariana J. Malek, brothers Jerome and Michael Malek, Uncle Kenneth Slade, and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.During his Navy years, he served in Okinawa and Washington, D.C. as a Navy Corpsman, and was honored to serve as Corpsman on the Presidential Yacht, Sequoia. Walter, known as Jake by close friends and relatives, was a natural communicator and went into sales upon leaving the Fire Department. Active in his children's activities, he coached for years in the Spring Klein Little League and was a member of the Klein Oak Football Boosters and Klein Oak Strutters Boosters. He touched many lives with his genuine concern and sense of humor.A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1612 Meadow Edge Drive, Spring, Texas 77388. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Resurrection Lutheran Church Benevolence Fund.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 2/7/2005.