In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Walter Taylor Hunt, 97

Walter Taylor Hunt, 1923-2021

Walter Taylor Hunt, 1923-2021

Walter Taylor Hunt, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel among the Southeast Asian Affinity Peoples in the Philippines, died Apr. 13, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was 97.

Taylor was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Belton, Texas, and grew up in Dallas with his parents, Carl and Sabelle Miller Hunt.

He received the Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and the Bachelor of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

During World War II, he served in an artillery battalion in the United States Marine Corps. As a student at Baylor, he met fellow student Aliene Emma Brasher. They were married on Dec. 20, 1947, in Cranfills Gap, Texas.

The Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) appointed the Hunts as missionaries to the Philippines in 1953. There, he served 26 years in evangelism, education, business and as pastor of international Baptist churches in Manila and Davao City.

Hunt served for nine years as pastor of First Baptist Church in Clovis, New Mexico.

The Hunts retired in Lubbock, Texas, and later moved to Colorado Springs.

Walter was a member of Vista Grande Baptist Church in Colorado Springs. According to his family, for most of his retirement years, he continued with his greatest love, teaching and preaching the Bible. They said he enjoyed reading and studying, conversing on a variety of subjects, playing games with friends and family, cooking, and hosting ministries to internationals in his home.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Aliene Emma Brasher Hunt; two sons, Richard Hunt (Margaret) and Josh Hunt (Missy); and two daughters, Marti Nelson (Carl) and Mary Vosburg Ritscher (Stu). He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held April 19, 2021, at Village Seven Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs. A private family graveside service was held at Pikes Peak National Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to the International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230, or online at

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