Born July 22, 1925 in Needles, California.
Son of William David McInnis and Elsa McInnis and brother of Richard McInnis. Loving husband of Doris Jane Moseley McInnis for 50 years. Devoted Father to Katherine McInnis Bixby Robinson (widow) of Fernley, NV; Susan McInnis Pagett (Tommy) of Los Angeles, CA; and Ronald Paul McInnis (Laurie) of Stockton, CA; and, Grandfather to Rachel Bixby of Reno, NV; Laura Bixby Hemingway of Reno, NV; Colin McInnis (Alexis) of Pleasant Hill, CA; Deanna McInnis of Stockton, CA; and, Great-Grandfather to Nova & Gavin Vaught of Reno, NV, and Ollie & Louis Hemingway of Reno, NV.
Graduated Needles High School as Class President in June 1943.
Enlisted and Served in the United States Navy during World War II.
After honorable discharge from Navy, served as Deputy Sheriff in Barstow, CA where he met his future wife Doris Jane Mosely whom he married in 1947.
Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from U.C Berkeley in 1955, earning an undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 3 years. Gradated Boalt Law School with honors in 1958. Admitted to California State Bar on January 7,1959.
Served in the San Joaquin County Counsel’s Stockton office from 1959-1968 as Deputy County Counsel, leaving to enter private practice at the firm to become known as Wadsworth, Souza, Coats & McInnis in Tracy, CA specializing in Water Law & Irrigation Rights until his retirement in 1994. Walt also served on the Tracy Elementary School Board for many years and was an active member to the Tracy Lyons Club.
Walter was an avid bird watcher & past President of the San Joaquin Valley branch of the National Audubon Society; skilled sailor and owner of his own 27’ sailboat for years; long time teacher of navigation (& nautical knots) at the San Joaquin Delta Power Squadron (see YouTube tribute from Power Squadron students) ; Member of the San Joaquin Hay Growers Association; Bridge enthusiast and daily cross word puzzler & sudoku solver. Walt was also a world traveler and long-time volunteer at the Tracy Memorial Library and Senior Center. He also assisted his wife in her duties as long time Camp Fire Girls Leader.
Walt was loved & admired by all who knew him and will be sorely missed. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jane.