JUNE 29, 2005 - Posted at 8:00 a.m. CDT.
Bentonville - The Walton family is to hold a private service to remember John Walton.
John Walton was a son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. He died Monday at the age of 58 when the homemade ultralight plane he was was piloting crashed near the Jackson airport in Grand Teton National Park.
Friends are remembering John Walton as a man whose great wealth could not interfere with his down-to-earth nature. He won the Silver Star while serving as a Green Beret in Vietnam and worked a number of jobs back home, including as a crop duster. He devoted much of his wealth to improving education.
Through the company, the family thanked well-wishers for their messages of support. The family asked that people not send flowers. The family listed several education-related organizations for anyone wishing to make a memorial donation.
The company provided the following organizations for donations:
Alliance for School Choice; 5080 N. 40th St., Suite 375; Phoenix, AZ 85018.
Children's Scholarship Fund; 8 West 38th St., 9th Floor; New York, NY 10018-6229.
Teton Science School; P.O. Box 68; Kelly, WY 83011.
Cards and notes may be sent to the family at:
Walton Family; P.O. Box 1508; Bentenville, AR 72712.