James T. Walton

July 13, 1943 - May 21, 2014

James T. Walton, age 70, of Sugar Grove, Illinois, passed away at Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  He was a beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend.

He was born July 13, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1967 and worked at the Cambridge Electron Accelerator at Harvard University until moving to Illinois to work at Fermi-lab in 1970 as a physicist until his retirement in 2012 and continued as a guest scientist until his death.

He worked on many notable projects at Fermilab with responsibility for electrostatic Septa, the left bends, and vacuum and leak checking.  He was a high voltage expert and worked on separators, accelerator research and development plus many other projects. 

He is survived by his daughter, Aimee Snellback of Maricopa, AZ and granddaughter, Jessica Snellback also of Maricopa, AZ, and grandchildren, Erynn and Connor Snellback of Benton, AR; a brother, Michael (Ginny) Walton of Portage, Michigan; nephew, Michael John (Heather) and grand nephew, Nathan Walton of Richland, Michigan, and long time close friend, Mary Knoll of Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, James and Lorraine Walton.

A memorial service will be at 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31) in Batavia.  Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. until the hour of the service.  Interment will be private.

Guest Book

  • Ron LeBeau I am grateful that I had the opportunity to know and be friends with Jim. He touched my life in many ways. I will always cherish those memories...
  • Harlan Dick Family, friends, and the Laboratory have lost a "good" man. Thanks for all the friendship and help you gave Doris and I over the years. You will truly be missed. God love you! We will meet again someday!
  • Mike Utes A good man and friend.
  • Scott McCormick Great person and great friend. It was an honor to know and work with Jim. You will be greatly missed!
  • Sali Sylejmani Rest in peace Jim.You will be missed.
  • Hans Jostlein For the last year, Jim have helped us with his HV expertise and his unlimited store of useful tools and devices, but most of all with his boundless knowledge, going out of his way to make our problems his problems.
  • Jeff Meisner Jim always had a friendly hello and he told great stories that had value and humor. He was fun to work with in Switchyard and anyplace here at Fermilab. He will be missed by all that knew him! Jeff
  • Craig Moore Working with Jim was always interesting. One favorite moment was at the bottom of a muddy excavation when we found the location of a leak in the Meson Beamline.
  • Don and Lauri Carpenter In all the years while I was at Fermi, Jim always responded when I needed help. Thank you Jim. RIP Don C.
  • Roger Dixon The World has lost one of its most talented and colorful characters.
  • Owen Payne I raise my glass to a kindred spirit.
  • David Finley We were office mates awhile ago, you were always part of any solution, and our last lunch was a chuckle for both of us. Peace to you Jim.
  • Sharon Lackey I can't believe you are gone. What great memories I have of all those years we shared an office.
  • Joe Lazzara Walnut, I will never forget you, see you again some day...
  • Debra Cobb Rest in peace James T. will remember you always.............