Harvie “Slug” Walker attended the University of Idaho on football scholarship, where he competed in football, track, and baseball. He moved to Lewiston in 1937 where he spent more than 35 years as a teacher, coach, official and administrator before a lengthy career in civic affairs.
He was named to the North Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Idaho High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 1986.
Walker Field in Lewiston is named in his honor.
Walker was a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he had an outstanding athletic career. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Idaho and upon graduation took his first teaching position at Republic (Washington) high school in 1936. He moved to Lewiston the next year, where he taught P.E. and algebra, coached every sport and began his career as an official.
During World War II, Walker served with the 41st Infantry Division from 1940-45 as a unit commander. After the war, he returned to Lewiston to continue his coaching and officiating career and start the city’s successful American Legion baseball program.
He left coaching in 1959 to become a school administrator and in subsequent years he sat on the Lewiston Boys Club board of directors, was a director of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce and served as commissioner of basketball officials for District 2 of the IHSAA – among many other civic duties in the Lewiston area.
Walker spent 25 years officiating events in the Pacific Coast Conference, the precursor to the current Pac-12.
Walker died in 1991 after a long illness at 80.