Howard Charles Walls (’10, ’12), 31, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died March 4, 2018, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash. Walls was director of quality control and safety for Allegiant Airlines. Previously, he worked for Spirit Airlines and Continental Airlines. Walls’ primary occupation was quality control and safety, but he was also trained as a multi-engine pilot. He received his private single-engine pilot certificate at age 17.
Walls was the first All-American in Embry-Riddle track and field history at the Daytona Beach Campus, and set a school record that still stands today. He achieved the status of NAIA All-American High Hurdler for four years.
“Howard was a major part of building our program. He was the first All-American for men’s track and field, but more importantly a great man and leader. He will be greatly missed by many,” says Michael Rosolino, head coach for track and cross country at the Daytona Beach Campus.
Kira Ball (’13) made a touching video in tribute to Walls’ memory, featuring many of his old Eagle teammates and friends. Watch:
Putting together this video caused many tears but also many laughs. It is amazing how strong Howard's influence stays; the amount of clips I got for this video is truly AMAZING! Thank you Howard, you are the best of us, and thank you for reconnecting me to so many teammates in your honour. #ForeveranEagle #AllAmerican #ERAUTrackFamily
Posted by Kira Ball on Tuesday, March 13, 2018