April 16, 2018 – KERRVILLE-TX
On Saturday, April 14, 2018 on Loop 534 in Kerrville, the world lost a great man. Motorcyclist Michael ‘Koop’ Walker tragically passed away after being involved in an accident when he was on his way to San Antonio to do a showing of the badge.
Michael ‘Koop’ Walker was born on May 9, 1959 in Hector County, Texas. He lived for riding his motorcycle and helping children. Koop is described as a big-hearted, loving, and dedicated man. He was extremely involved and deeply passionate about child abuse awareness and stood as President of Bikers Against Child Abuse San Antonio Chapter.
He first got involved in B.A.C.A. 9.5 years ago intending to help a family member who had suffered from physical and mental abuse as a child. He soon found that he could really help children and it instantly became a passion of his. Everything he did was about B.A.C.A. He had more passion and drive for the mission than for his life.
People all over the state knew Koop and he brought a smile with him everywhere he went. Children loved him and he loved children. He would eat, drink, and sleep B.A.C.A. and everything the organization stood for.
Koop came to live in Kerrville from the Fort Worth Chapter, the Mother Chapter, but was needed as President in San Antonio after their former president was promoted. He would ride to San Antonio every single day to be there for the children because he knew they needed him.
The B.A.C.A. organization is there for children through the entire time, step by step, that they need them. They are a constant face and support system for children in need.
One of his B.A.C.A. brothers says, “He was always there when you needed him. I never heard him say no to a child about anything, unless it was to protect them.”
Another B.A.C.A. brother stated, “Koop lived our mission statement, all about the children. He spent everyday of his life that I knew him helping children in one form or another. He thought that no kid should ever be afraid of where they live or the world in which they live.”
“He would say there were two things he loved to do the most, visit his heroes, children being his heroes, and ride his bike. He was the kind of guy that would buy a brand new Harley and wear it out, putting 100,000 miles on it in a few years, all of it to help children.”
Koop lived by the B.A.C.A. mission statement and creed. Their creed states, “I wont give up, shut up, let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and showed up for all the wounded children. I must go until I drop, ride until I give out, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me for he will see my BACA back-patch and know that I am one of His. I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse, and this is my creed.”
“It’s a sad day but the hard part is that if he was still here we would be able to help twice as many people compared to being without him. There are so many people out there that need him.”
“The Hill Country Chapter and San Antonio Chapter are close and when B.A.C.A. loses a brother or sister, we lose a piece of ourselves”
Koop was also described as quite the rider, able to handle his bike well. He loved to ride and would always have a smile on his face while doing so. His favorite part of riding was going on the curves. He loved the curves.
He went out doing what he loved, riding his bike with the wind in his face, knees in the breeze and his family and friends loved him a great deal. He was everyone’s brother. Koop was not just about helping the kids, he opened his door to everybody.
Koop and his wife, Pepper, were married in August 2014 but had met 7 years ago. They looked like they had been together forever, and were always giving each other kisses.
Michael ‘Koop’ Walker is survived by his wife, Pamela ‘Pepper’ Murrell-Walker of Victoria, Texas. Michael is also survived by his daughter Makalee Hargrave, and her husband Edmond, and her children Cypher and Leela; his stepdaughter Michelle McMillan and her husband Mike and son Blaise; his brother Andrew Walker of Midland, TX.
Koop also left behind numerous friends and extended family that remember him for his amazing heart and love. Other than family, his deep passion was B.A.C.A., Bikers Against Child Abuse.
It is extremely important for drivers to WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLES! LOOK TWICE! THREE TIMES! There are too many accidents involving motorcycles in the Hill Country and many of them could have been prevented if the drivers of the vehicles on the road would slow down and be completely aware of what is around them.
WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS!!!
Koop was not one for being noticed. He would much rather raise awareness for B.A.C.A. and child abuse. April is Child Abuse Awareness Month, if you would like more information about B.A.C.A. or Child Abuse Awareness Month, please visit the B.A.C.A. website. The family asks that in luei of flowers and gifts, monitary donations be made to San Antonio Chapter Bikers Against Child Abuse.
KBN would like to thank Koop’s family and friends for giving us their time to let us know who he was and sharing memories and stories. This is a great loss for them as well as many around the state. Our deepest condolences are with everyone affected by this loss.