Walter John Mallett, 94, of New Port Richey, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, one week following the passing of his beloved wife, Frances, 97.

They are survived by their four children, Walter John (Butch) Mallett, Jr., Susan Frances Eckstein, Victor Clark Mallett, and Robert Franklin Mallett; and a large loving family.

Walter and his twin brothers, Chester and Lester, grew up in Carrabelle. During World War II, Walter distinguished himself in the Pacific earning a Purple Heart. After the war, he returned to Carrabelle and raised his family in the “The Barn,” a well-known bait and tackle shop down on the Carrabelle River where you could charter a party boat to take you fishing.

He loved Carrabelle throughout his life and contributed much to be sure that the old times in Carrabelle were remembered. He was an avid storyteller and historian. Mr. Walter was a staunch supporter of the Camp Gordon Johnson World War II Museum in addition to being a founding member of the Carrabelle History Museum.

Memorial services with military honors for Walter and Frances Mallett will be held on Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church at Seven Springs, 4651 Little Road, New Port Richey. A Celebration of Life will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Jeff Miller Rotary Scholarship at the Pasco/Hernando State College, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654 or to the Gulfside Hospice, Corporate Center, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes, FL 34639.