Jim “Chief” Howell was
the most respected
and influential member
of the Athletic
Western High School
has ever known.
Serving as Athletic
Director and Head
Football Coach from 1979-1996, Coach Howell transformed a depleted athletics program into an Orange County Powerhouse throughout the 80’s and 90’s. He was named the Orange County football “Coach of the Year” in his final season, as the Pioneers completed a perfect 10-0 regular season.
What made him truly great, however, is that his success was not only determined by wins and losses. More importantly, he was admired as a man who conducted himself at all times with class, humility, and the highest of ethical standards. It is because of these extraordinary qualities that the Western Athletic Department will forever bear his name, keeping his memory alive and honoring the gentleman who gave so much to the Pioneers…
March 21, 1938 to May 30, 2015
In Memory of Our Fallen Pioneers
Western High School's Official Umbrella Alumni Association
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Walker, William Earl Walker has gone to be with our Lord on May 31, 2016. Born on January 21, 1925 to Estella and William Walker in Denver, Colorado. Raised in Los Angeles with his two older sisters, Bill attended Fremont High School where he made life-long friends. After high school, he served three years in the Navy before attending Pepperdine College.
It was at Pepperdine, where he met and married Norma Pinkert. They raised five children and were happily married until her death in 1992. He coached basketball and tennis at Western and Savanna High Schools and kept in close contact with many of his players until his passing. In 1998 Bill was married to Dorothy Smith and began a new adventure with lots of travel and time spent with his beloved grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, five children, 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He will be missed by all, but lived a good, full and long life. His legacy will live on in his grandchildren and great grandchildren.