PGA Professional Kim Walker, aged 65, passed away on October 5, 2023, after a courageous three-year battle with cancer. Born in Spokane to parents Kaye and Shirley Walker, Kim’s early life revolved around golf. His father, a PGA Professional, introduced him to the sport at a young age. Kim and his older sister shared a strong sibling rivalry as they played golf together and worked on golf courses during their youth.
The family later moved to Liberty Lake, where Kim attended Central Valley High School, participating in both golf and wrestling and forming lifelong friendships. After graduating, he entered the PGA apprenticeship program and worked as an Assistant Pro at Liberty Lake before becoming the Head Professional at the Moscow Elks Club. Kim started a family with his wife, Debbie Femreite, and had two sons, Ben and Mitch.
Over the years, he held positions at various golf courses, eventually becoming the Head Professional at Chewelah Golf and Country Club. Kim was instrumental in transforming the course and golf community, turning it into a 27-hole course with a new clubhouse.
Kim’s parents retired to live at Chewelah, and he cherished the time they spent together. His father’s sudden passing was a significant loss for Kim, prompting him to move to Arizona, where he worked as the Head Professional at Sundance Golf Course. He later started a golf school, offering instruction and organizing golf tours to the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda.
At the onset of the Covid pandemic, Kim took early retirement and relocated to Spirit Lake, where he resided in a cozy cabin in the woods. Kim is survived by his sons, Ben and Mitch, his sister Melody Pfeifer, five grandchildren, and his dear friends.