Bayou Goula native, WCHS athlete retires after multi-faceted career

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
In this old Post South photo, Joe Walker, second from the right, is pictured with his White Castle High track and field teammates.

Joe Walker, son of J.D. and Julia Walker of Bayou Goula retired after a 43-year multi-faceted career. Joe attended Bayou Goula Elementary (grades 1-6), transferred to White Castle High (grades 7-12) and graduated May 1973. 

During his time at White Castle High, Joe was a standout track star for the parish and set a team-high 21-foot broad jump.

Joe then joined the Navy as an Airman Recruit in Sep 1973. During his Naval Aviation career he earned 13 Military Decorations, traveled the world, lived overseas and served in the Pentagon. 

After completing eight years active duty, 24 years active reserve, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander and was honorably discharged in January 2006.  Joe holds a BS and MBA Degrees.

Joe started a second career and was employed at IBM as a Technical Account Manager/Internal Education Manager. He completed 15 years of service and retired July 2016.

Joe currently lives in Cameron Park, Ca. with plans to volunteer at American Red Cross, support local homeless shelters and perform as an organist. Joe’s bucket list is to visit every continent and every state in the United States. He has been to five continents, 42 states and has scheduled road trips to complete his quest.

“I just want the young kids to know that there are opportunities out there,” Walker said.  “You don’t necessarily have to leave the area to be successful, you just have to have the motivation.”