Jazz singer Martha Lorin Walker dies at age 74

12 Nov 2020 | 05:10

You seem as far as Jupiter and Mars;

I reach for you like reaching for the stars

And hope someday that you will see;

The joys that could be ours

And say that’s where you want to be

Up on a cloud with me.

Margaret Dalton/Martha Lorin

Acclaimed jazz singer and lyricist, animal lover, and Democratic activist, Martha Lorin Walker nee Fimple, of Milford, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, at Weill Cornell Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, N.Y., after a brief but painful battle with pancreatic cancer. May 31, 1946 – November 4, 2020

Martha was born on May 31, 1946, in Pueblo, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Margaret Dalton and James Lorin Fimple; many beloved animal companions; and her husband, Captain Bruce C. Walker, USAF, who has been missing in action since 1972 in Vietnam.

She is survived by her partner, Eric Bufano; daughter, Lorin Walker; grandson, Logan Walker; son-in-law, Jason Eder; and household pets, Lizzie, Luc, Sophie, Thomas, Topaz, and Violet.

Martha said what she thought — for better or worse; she had the driest sense of humor in the room, but when she laughed, everyone laughed with her. A multi-faceted, multi-talented artist, her contralto tone on stage and in the studio was unparalleled. Martha was mentored by, played with, and recorded with some of the best musicians in the business from the 1960s until 2020. The curtain descends, everything ends too soon, too soon.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 21, at 11 a.m. in Milford. Limited space is available to allow for social distancing: please contact her daughter, Lorin, at 425-681-8661 for venue and event details. A meeting link will be provided for remote attendance for those who are unable to attend in-person.

In lieu of flowers, please direct contributions to the ASPCA (aspca.org), The Musicians Foundation (musiciansfoundation.org), or the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (dscc.org).