Trent Walton, 1983 - 2005
MICHAEL TRENT WALTON Trent (as known to friends and family) was born on the morning of Jan 12th, 1983 in Beaumont, TX. He died from massive infusions of brand name cytotoxic chemicals in the famed M. D. Anderson Hospital during the first week of October, 2005. From the day he first picked up a guitar at the age of 11, he knew he had found his purpose in this life. Within a couple years he could he could amaze friends and family with the riffs and licks of his idols Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. Soon he began composing his own music and finding his own voice, wrote at least 150 songs. By the time he was 16 he was modifying guitars and selling them on the internet. After high school he attended the prestigious Roberto-Venn Guitar Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He soon began building own acoustic and amplified masterpieces from raw materials. In mid 2002 he was tragically diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and spent the next 3 and half years displaying more character and courage than most people will in a lifetime. At no time did anyone hear him complain "why me" or lament the terrible tests and treatments that are very profitable for big corporate medicine but more often than not unsuccessful for patients. Even though the harsh treatments were very debilitating, Trent managed to work full time for H&H Music, write music, make recordings, cook gourmet meals, and live as full a life as the poisons would let him. His zest for life in spite of his medical misfortune inspired everyone who knew or met him. All who knew him will be better people for having known Trent Walton. The things he was able to accomplish during his more than courageous fight are simply astonishing. Trent's brother Cody Walton bravely donated stem cells in the attempt to save his brother. His brother Adam was constantly by his side in the last bittersweet months as they planned what recordings they would do in the future. (Adam is also a top guitar player and produced most of Trent's recordings). For those of you who followed the long course of Trent's Illness on his fathers radio show (The Walton and Johnson Show) We can never thank you enough for your thousands of prayers, emails, and good wishes. A small farewell celebration of his all too short life was held at Trent's favorite dining spot, The Rainbow Lodge. It was the perfect goodbye for this remarkable young man. Those attending were his step mom Lainie Walton, his brothers, Cody and Adam, his sister Olivia, and his mother Pamela and other family members and friends too numerous to mention. A more traditional memorial service will be held in Beaumont on Oct. 22nd. One can only guess the scope and importance of the body of work he might have created had he been given more quality time. What string creations and innovations might he have crafted in his shop. Trent Walton, through no choice of his own did what great entertainers always do, he left them wanting more as he exited the stage. Trent Walton will never be forgotten by anyone who knew him. If heaven has a blues band, it just got a great lead guitar player.

Published in the Houston Chronicle on 10/18/2005.
Trent Walton, 1983 - 2005
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