Longtime Westchester resident Marv Walter, who played high school football in Iowa in the early 1950s, has been inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Players’ Hall of Fame.
Walter, who has lived in Westchester for more than 40 years, played football for Farragut High School in Iowa, where he graduated in 1953.
He was inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame during a presentation ceremony at halftime of the Class 4A championship game Friday, November 17th.
Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame officials said the Players’ Hall of Fame celebrates the character and achievements of former high school players whose qualities and deeds on and off the field serve as an inspiration for others to strive for success in the game of football and the game of life.
At Farragut High School, Walter started playing at the position of end as a freshman on the six-man football team, but then suffered a season-ending injury after two games in his sophomore year.
As a junior, Walter was moved to the backfield and linebacker and helped lead Farragut to an 8-1 overall record. He rushed for 1,227 yards and 30 touchdowns during his junior season, averaging over 11.3 yards per carry.
Walter helped lead the Farragut Admirals to a perfect record of 9-0 in his senior year, when he rushed for 1,400 yards and led the state with 33 touchdowns.
He was a back-to-back first team All-State selection, which was the first time the feat was accomplished in the six-man competition.
After high school, Walter attended Iowa State University, where he was a three-year starter in the Cyclones’ backfield and at linebacker.
He was co-captain of the Cyclones team as a senior.
After receiving his B.S. from Iowa State, Walter was assigned to Kessler Air Force Base in Mississippi and Bolling Air Force Base, headquarters command in Washington, D.C.
He later held management positions at computer companies and was the assistant superintendent of the Southern California Occupational Training Center for 14 years, before working as a garden specialist at the Home Depot.
Walter lives in Westchester with his wife, Mahala.
The couple has three children, Marya, Merrick and Matson.