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1on1pooltournys
01-15-2014, 05:25 PM
Waldo passed away today in Indianapolis. He had been in the hospital with health conditions that he just couldn't shake.

He was a well known player in Indiana and the midwest. He played great bar table pool.

He is in a better place I feel, as he had been going through hard times the past year or so.

RIP Waldo...thanks for the memories of all the battles on the green felt jungle over the years.

$TAKE HOR$E
01-15-2014, 05:28 PM
I have been trying to find a good picture I once had of him from one of the tournaments in Indy.

Im sure there are lots of people that knew him over the years and in his day he was a strong player. Heres a little story that im sure those that knew him can relate to. Several years ago we were in Indy for a bar table tournament and in between matches a few guys were playing a ring game. A friend of mine said put me in this and we'll split if I win anything. It was just $10 a game so I give him $50 and in no time hes back and says give me another $50. I say how can you have lost that already and he says "easily, when Waldo breaks and runs 7 in a row what am I suppose to do"

genomachino
01-15-2014, 05:48 PM
I remember not to many years ago i was ahead of Waldo 6-1 in a race to 7.

He beat me 7-6. He had heart.

I know he will be missed in Indy.

Nice guy for sure. I for one will miss him every time I stop.

Waldo, may you rest in peace.......

FairladyZ
01-15-2014, 05:52 PM
While I have no clue who this gentleman is, it sounds like our sport is now less one more great person.

RIP!

Ken_4fun
01-15-2014, 05:54 PM
One of my favorite Indiana players. I watched him for hours at Derby City when it was at the Executive West.

He played very strong and gambled on a bar box, usually winning by a game or two, the guy he was playing would always play again and again.:rolleyes:

I never knew his real name and knew him only by "Waldo"

Ken

TheCueHunter
01-15-2014, 06:22 PM
Wow, this is sad,,,,I played partners in north Vernon against him MANY MANY Monday nights for many years. Me and Barbox wheelchair Charlie versus him and Dennis. At the ole Silverdollar. Once it closed it was all you could drink White Russians :thumbup: we also played against Dennis and Mike Minor a lot.

Great guys, played $50-$100 a game per man, nine ball alternating shot one bar tables. No coaching. I can't count how many hours we played over e years and NEVER had an argument or problem, and actually SHOOK hands win or lose. Unheard of in this day and age.

I always had fun with Waldo and those guys, and I'm sorry to hear about his passing..RIP Waldo

Standbykid
01-15-2014, 06:52 PM
RIP Waldo....
-J

Worminator
01-15-2014, 07:36 PM
Watched Waldo play countless hours when I lived in Indy. R.I.P. Waldo.

cubswin
01-15-2014, 07:48 PM
Always enjoyed playing Waldo in tournaments. Was a good guy to talk with, while waiting for the next match. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Was actually talking about him the last tournament I played in about a month ago.

Williebetmore
01-15-2014, 08:36 PM
Dan did the fancy textured concrete work on the patio behind my house....still haven't seen any concrete work that nice anywhere else. I called him Dan for many years; but never heard anyone else call him anything but Waldo so eventually I changed.

He fell on hard times; but wasn't one to complain much, and was always appreciative of any help. I've never heard of anyone who had anything bad to say about him (in the pool world that's a bit of a rarity).

RIP

The Saw
01-15-2014, 09:45 PM
Waldo passed away today in Indianapolis. He had been in the hospital with health conditions that he just couldn't shake.

He was a well known player in Indiana and the midwest. He played great bar table pool.

He is in a better place I feel, as he had been going through hard times the past year or so.

RIP Waldo...thanks for the memories of all the battles on the green felt jungle over the years.

Damn.... Godspeed Waldo.

Lucky_Lew66
01-15-2014, 09:54 PM
played with and against Waldo for 20 years,he was one of the best players in Indy,and he has won some big tournaments all over the US,at times he could beat anyone that stepped to the table. Pretty quiet and a good guy, very seldom heard him complain about anything. He was one of those guys that would play you $ 5 a game all day long. His name is Dan Walton thats why everyone called him Waldo. He had a lot of heart,and love for the game,and he will be missed. RIP Waldo

dogginda9
01-15-2014, 10:11 PM
RIP Waldo. Good guy for sure.:(

FairladyZ
01-15-2014, 10:14 PM
just a little off-topic observation... I've been on this site about a month, and have already seen more than a few 'RIP' threads for various old Pool Veterans that have passed on......It's a trend that truly saddens me, especially with our sport that is already in serious risk of fading away... :(

miah g.
01-15-2014, 10:32 PM
RIP Danny. You'll be missed buddy.

JAM
01-16-2014, 03:38 AM
Steve Booth probably has his photo in his DCC collection. The only problem is some of the photos are not labeled with names. I am not sure what Waldo looks like, but if he's at the DCC, I'm pretty sure Steve Booth got a cool pool picture.

Here's a link for you to peruse: http://onepocket.smugmug.com/keyword/dcc/88/721277863_y3z7e#!i=721277863&k=KbMk3Wh

RIP, Waldo.

$TAKE HOR$E
01-16-2014, 10:51 AM
Steve Booth probably has his photo in his DCC collection. The only problem is some of the photos are not labeled with names. I am not sure what Waldo looks like, but if he's at the DCC, I'm pretty sure Steve Booth got a cool pool picture.

Here's a link for you to peruse: http://onepocket.smugmug.com/keyword/dcc/88/721277863_y3z7e#!i=721277863&k=KbMk3Wh

RIP, Waldo.

Your right, and I know I saw a few pictures from the past DCC's....finding them is whats tough. I went through probably a thousand last night from the Action, Tournament, Ambiance...etc

Something will turn up :wink:

tommyceilings
01-16-2014, 01:55 PM
Waldo was my best friend, and it's a huge loss for me. Back to the days in Florida and back up in Indiana, Waldo was always the best person to me and I to him.

http://www.iamoa.org/pool07_pics/pics/100_6300.JPG

Ken_4fun
01-16-2014, 01:59 PM
Waldo was my best friend, and it's a huge loss for me. Back to the days in Florida and back up in Indiana, Waldo was always the best person to me and I to him.



Thanks for finding picture.

Ken

Waldosdaughter
01-16-2014, 02:47 PM
Thank you for this! My family appreciates the sentiments and the memories!

We will be holding a viewing for Waldo on Friday January 17, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm with a service after at 4. It will be located at Bell Mortuary 2310 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN, 46222.

The family would love to hear your stories in person if you are able to join us.

Again Thank you

1on1pooltournys
01-16-2014, 04:43 PM
Wow, this is sad,,,,I played partners in north Vernon against him MANY MANY Monday nights for many years. Me and Barbox wheelchair Charlie versus him and Dennis. At the ole Silverdollar. Once it closed it was all you could drink White Russians :thumbup: we also played against Dennis and Mike Minor a lot.

Great guys, played $50-$100 a game per man, nine ball alternating shot one bar tables. No coaching. I can't count how many hours we played over e years and NEVER had an argument or problem, and actually SHOOK hands win or lose. Unheard of in this day and age.

I always had fun with Waldo and those guys, and I'm sorry to hear about his passing..RIP Waldo

Great story. If only those walls could talk at the Silver Dollar!

As recent as just a couple years ago we would all go down for the weekly tournament and Waldo was always there ready to get down. He was a favorite to finish at the top of the field in just about any bar table tournament, hell any tournament for that matter.

He could play on the big box too. He could play all games solid. I played him once when I was maybe 19 a set of one pocket and we played for 20 hours or so and he outlasted me!! When I left the poolroom it was 11 or noon and when I looked back on the way out the door there was Dough (short for Waldo) hitting straight backs and cross sides. LMAO....he hadn't played long enough so he decided to practice. He was giving me a nice spot and I couldn't beat him!

1on1pooltournys
01-16-2014, 04:46 PM
Thank you for this! My family appreciates the sentiments and the memories!

We will be holding a viewing for Waldo on Friday January 17, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm with a service after at 4. It will be located at Bell Mortuary 2310 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN, 46222.

The family would love to hear your stories in person if you are able to join us.

Again Thank you

You are more than welcome. Not sure if we have ever met but I did meet your brother a couple times. Waldo would lug him around to an occasional tournament from time to time. He was a proud father I know that.

I wish I could of known I'd never see him again. I would of liked to have said goodbye and thanked him for the memories. I have some more stories, although I know they are nothing compared to some of the stories the older guys could tell. I met Waldo probably 15 years ago a short span compared to his pool career.

Wileydog
01-16-2014, 06:12 PM
Here's a few pictures from Valley state a few years back(2009). Wearing his "Waldo" hat. Waldo was a joy to be around and will be missed.

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Eieio59
01-16-2014, 06:31 PM
Tammie and I will sorely miss him was a good friend as well as a pool player. I guess the 2 things that come to mind about him are:
1. He never missed a combo on the 9. Oh, I did say never right.
2. There is not a person on this planet that he has played 3 times or more and didn't have a winning record on.
Will miss you Dan!
RIP
Troy and Tammie Jones

elvicash
01-17-2014, 08:09 PM
I went to the viewing/service and there was quite a few people there and a lot of the pool players from Indy showed up. Waldo looked very good first time I had ever seen him in a suit, they had a cue and case leaning against the casket. They had a simple service where people could speak about Waldo. The first speaker was Bill Coffey a local player/room operator who Waldo had worked for many years at concrete plus later helping Bill to run a room in Florida. Bill was very eloquent and started the service off in a positive way speaking about the kind of man that Waldo was and how he carried himself in life. Then Waldo's family spoke about what a good father and family man that Waldo was and how they shared him with the pool room, the pool room got a lot of his time but he was also there for his family. His step-kids spoke about the family and how it was more than blood to Waldo and how he was a father to them for always. It was actually a very emotional service.

The pool community in Indy lost a lot with the Waldo's passing.

"Waldo"
Daniel Lee Walton Sr.
Born Nov 1 1956- Indianapolis, IN
Died Jan 14, 2014 - Indianapolis, IN

1on1pooltournys
01-17-2014, 08:46 PM
I went to the viewing/service and there was quite a few people there and a lot of the pool players from Indy showed up. Waldo looked very good first time I had ever seen him in a suit, they had a cue and case leaning against the casket. They had a simple service where people could speak about Waldo. The first speaker was Bill Coffey a local player/room operator who Waldo had worked for many years at concrete plus later helping Bill to run a room in Florida. Bill was very eloquent and started the service off in a positive way speaking about the kind of man that Waldo was and how he carried himself in life. Then Waldo's family spoke about what a good father and family man that Waldo was and how they shared him with the pool room, the pool room got a lot of his time but he was also there for his family. His step-kids spoke about the family and how it was more than blood to Waldo and how he was a father to them for always. It was actually a very emotional service.

The pool community in Indy lost a lot with the Waldo's passing.

"Waldo"
Daniel Lee Walton Sr.
Born Nov 1 2014 - Indianapolis, IN
Died Jan 14, 2014 - Indianapolis, IN

Nice write up Dana. I'm sorry I couldn't attend.

Badbeat13
01-18-2014, 12:36 AM
Thank you for this! My family appreciates the sentiments and the memories!

We will be holding a viewing for Waldo on Friday January 17, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm with a service after at 4. It will be located at Bell Mortuary 2310 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN, 46222.

The family would love to hear your stories in person if you are able to join us.

Again Thank you

I'm very sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May he rest in piece.

My condolences, Jerry

ibuycues
01-18-2014, 01:57 AM
I am saddened to hear of Waldo's passing. It sounds like he was a lot like many of us that visit AZB.
Loved by his family, and loved his family. Loved pool and made it part of his life, likely since the times of his youth.
Played well and often. And respected and well liked by all who knew him. A genuine pleasure to know.
Sorry to see you go. You will be missed but not forgotten.

Thanks Wileydog for posting pictures, a nice touch.

RIP Waldo.

Will Prout

Tobermory
01-18-2014, 10:14 AM
Dear 1on1PoolTourneys and others who mourn Waldo--

Every time I saw Waldo practise, he practised bank shots. About six months ago I couldn't stand it any more. I said to him, "Waldo, how come you practise only bank shots?" He said to me, "Because I don't expect my opponent to ever leave me a straight in."

1on1pooltournys
01-18-2014, 10:51 AM
Dear 1on1PoolTourneys and others who mourn Waldo--

Every time I saw Waldo practise, he practised bank shots. About six months ago I couldn't stand it any more. I said to him, "Waldo, how come you practise only bank shots?" He said to me, "Because I don't expect my opponent to ever leave me a straight in."

That sounds like him! Always hitting them straight backs with his mitten on his bridge hand!

PocketPooler
08-10-2014, 06:25 AM
Reading about Greg and the Silver Dollar Monday tournaments sure brings back memories.... Those were the days....

RIP Waldo, Regretfully it's been too long since we've ran into each other....



Wow, this is sad,,,,I played partners in north Vernon against him MANY MANY Monday nights for many years. Me and Barbox wheelchair Charlie versus him and Dennis. At the ole Silverdollar. Once it closed it was all you could drink White Russians :thumbup: we also played against Dennis and Mike Minor a lot.

Great guys, played $50-$100 a game per man, nine ball alternating shot one bar tables. No coaching. I can't count how many hours we played over e years and NEVER had an argument or problem, and actually SHOOK hands win or lose. Unheard of in this day and age.

I always had fun with Waldo and those guys, and I'm sorry to hear about his passing..RIP Waldo