Blackhawk resident Retired Army Maj. Gen. G. Walter Titus, a well-known World War II veteran, died June 12 at the age of 81.
He was born Sept. 29, 1925, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He joined the Army in 1944, served in Europe in 1944 and 1945, and earned a Bronze Star. He was discharged and then attended Oregon State University, where he belonged to ROTC. When he graduated, he was called into active duty and soon was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. He was assigned to Baumholder, Germany, as a battery commander.
After returning from his second tour of duty in Europe, he joined the National Guard reserve forces in Richmond, retiring in 1981. As a member of the California State Military Reserve, he was promoted by the governor to major general and was given command of the state's entire military reserve.
He stayed active in local military affairs and was a member of the Viet Nam Veterans of the Diablo Valley when they planned, raised funds for, and built the All Wars Memorial at Oak Hill Park in Danville. He was also a lifetime member of the Association of the U.S. Army, a member of the Reserve Officers Association and the U.S. Naval Institute, and a past board member of the State Defense Force Association.
He met his wife Lucie Titus in 1983 when they were both members of the California State Military Reserve. They married in 1989. He was a metallurgical engineer and worked for U.S. Steel in Pittsburg, Aerojet General Nucleonics in San Ramon, and at General Electric plants in Vallecitos and San Jose. He also served as a board member for the Blackhawk Homeowners Association.
He is survived by his wife Lucie, son Matthew Titus of Fremont, and daughter Chris Marx of American Canyon.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Sunday, July 1, at the base chapel at Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin. His ashes will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors, Association of the United States Army, 305 Sequoia Terrace, Danville 94506-4545.
A visitation and vigil service were held June 7 and a funeral liturgy was June 8 at St. Bonaventure Church in Concord. Interment is at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette. Memorials may be made to American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association National Office, 22100 Gratiot Ave., E. Detroit, MI 48021-2227.