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Granby pharmacist leaving after more than 15 years

The town of Granby and Grand County at large will bid farewell to one of the more recognizable figures around town this month, City Market Pharmacist Wade Walker, who's moving with his family back to his home town in Oklahoma after more than 15 years serving the community.

"I couldn't have asked for a more welcoming and amazing group of people in this community," said Walker of his time in Granby. "They've helped in every way from doing maintenance on my house to helping to raise my kids. I can't say thank you enough for the last 16 years of living here."

Walker grew up in a small Oklahoma town called Copan, where he graduated one of just 40 students in his high school class. After high school he married his wife, Niki, and began schooling at the University of Oklahoma. He followed his sister Julie's footsteps and decided to try his hand as a pharmacist.

He graduated in 1995, and moved to St. Louis where he started working as a pharmacist at a Walgreens. Niki attended the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and became a pharmacist herself, but stopped before the birth of their fourth child, Lily.

In May 2002, Walker and his family moved to Grand County, their favorite ski destination, and Walker took up a job at Granby Drug, where Grand Mountain Bank now stands.

"I worked there for about a year and a half," said Walker. "Our original intent was to buy the drug store, but then they announced that the City Market was coming into business. So we decided against the independent route."

Walker floated as a pharmacist for a City Market in Eagle for about nine months until the Granby location opened in 2004, and he's been working closely with community members in the area ever since.

"Needless to say, I know everyone," said Walker. "I could spend all day at the window right there helping people, and talking to people about stuff. I've just built a great rapport with the community, and I'm going to miss that horribly."

Despite the new career opportunity, the move is really much more family oriented. Walker said that his and his wife's parents live in close proximity in Oklahoma, and they're moving to be closer to them.

"We've been talking about it for about a year and a half," said Walker. "We really want our younger kids to have a chance to get to know their grandparents a little more than at just Thanksgiving and Christmas."

The Walkers have four children: Cole, Claire, Garrett and Lily.

Walker's last day at the pharmacy will be May 31, and he'll be starting a new job as the hospital pharmacist at the Jane Phillips Medical Center and Hospital in Bartlesville, Okla., on June 18.

"I'm really going to miss the closeness that I've got with the whole community," said Walker. "I know everybody one-on-one and everybody feels like they can come talk to me about anything. I've just got a lot of friends here, and I'm going to miss them dearly."