Verna Garver: Interesting Facts On The First Wife Of Late Clint Walker

June 27, 2023   | June 29, 2023  | 

    Verna Garver is the late ex-wife of the late American actor Clint Walker. The couple were married for 20 years from 1948 to 1968. They together had a daughter. As of now, both the former duo has already left the living world.

    Despite the fact that Vera is no longer alive, there has been a lot of concern among people about what her life was like. So, to address that concern, we are here today with some unknown interesting facts about Garver.

    Key Takeaways

    • Verna Garver married the late actor Clint Walker in 1948 and remained married for 20 years before calling it quit.
    • They shared a daughter Valerie Walker who is a former pilot by profession.
    • Verna died in her late 80s back in 2014 and her ex-hubby passed away due to congestive heart failure nine days before his 91st birthday in 2018.

    Where Was Verna Garver Originally From?

    Verna was originally from Illinois. She was born Verna Lucille Garver on April 16, 1927, in Anna, Union County of Illinois. Coming up to 2023, she is no longer alive. She died at the age of 87 back in 2014.

    Baby Verna with her family
    Baby Verna with her parents and siblings. Source: Find a Grave

    Speaking of her early childhood, Garver was raised by her father Jesse Albert Garver and her mother Cuba Mabel St. John Garver in her hometown. Similarly, Verna grew up alongside her elder siblings. Not only Garver but all of her siblings and parents have passed away leaving their legacy behind.

    Details On Verna’s Siblings

    Verna was the youngest among her parents’ three children. She had two older siblings named Vera Luella Garver West and Virginia Lee Garver Wallace. Vera was her oldest sister born on 29 March 1923 in Pennsylvania. She got married two times in her lifetime, first to Oscar J.  Beatty and then to Lauren E. West. The eldest Garver’s sister died on 24 September 2014 at the age of 91.

    In the same way, her sister Virginia arrived into this world on 11 November 1924 and died at the age of 82 on 17 November 2006. She was married to her husband James Voiles Wallace and together had two kids James Dana and Kimberly Diane.

    What Did Clint Walker’s Ex-Wife, Verna Garver Do For A Living? 

    Well, nothing about late Verna’s profession has been revealed in the media. As per our analysis, Garver seemed to be house maker more than a working woman. On the other hand, her ex-husband Clint Walker was a well-known American actor.

    Born on May 30, 1927, in Hartford, Illinois, Clinton started his entertainment career in the year 1954. His debut role as Tarzan in the comedy film Jungle Gents was uncredited, however, he soon earned a wide range of recognition as Cheyenne Bodie in the TV series Cheyenne from 1955 to 1963.

    Verna Garver, a celebrity ex-wife
    Verna Garver is in the frame. Source: Find a Grave

    The 6 feet and 6 inches tall Clint then did several other TV series and movies during his 45 years long career in the entertainment industry. His acting credits include The Ten Commandments, Fort Dobbs, More Dead Than Alive, Scream of the Wolf, Baker’s Hawk, and several others.

    Verna Garver Was Married To Clint Walker For 20 Years

    The Illinois native, Verna tied the knot with her husband Clint Walker on 5 September 1948 in a low-key wedding ceremony. At the time of their marriage, her then-hubby was yet to start his journey to acting. She played the greatest role in her spouse’s career which took a pace after they led their lives as husband and wife.

    Verna with her husband of 20 years
    Verna with her husband of 20 years

    But unfortunately, after 20 years of their marriage, Verna and her spouse Clint decided to call it quit. In the year 1968, they got divorced but the reason behind their separation was never disclosed in the media. After that, while Garver adopted a private lifestyle, her former partner continued his acting career till 1998.

    Did Verna Remarry After She Divorced Her Spouse?

    No, Verna never got married again. She chose to stick to their daughter who was 18 years old at the time of her divorce from her husband. Though Garver ended her marriage with Clint, she never drew out her ex-hubby’s surname from her name. Till her death, she remained “Verna Lucille Garver Walker“.

    In contrast, her former partner Clint married two times after they separated. Clint’s second marriage was with Giselle Hennesy. They got married in 1974 and it lasted for another 20 years until the death of Giselle in 1994. Again, the Cheyenne actor walked down the aisle with his third wife Susan Cavallari in 1997 and it lasted till Walker’s last breath in 2018.

    Verna’s Ex-Husband Clint Once Had A Massive Accident

    Her former hubby Clint once had a massive accident while skiing at Mammoth Mountain, California. His heart was pierced with a ski pole. He instantly was taken to the hospital and comatose.

    However, later doctor analyzed some signs of life in him and rushed for surgery of his damaged heart. Later, Clint survived the accident and after two months, Walker started living a normal life. Later, the Fort Dobbs actor recalled the incident as a near-death experience in one interview.

    Verna Garver Had A Daughter With Her Ex-Husband

    From her marriage to Clint, Verna welcomed a daughter named Valerie Walker on 9 September 1950. As of 2023, Valerie is 72 years of age. By profession, Vernie’s only child worked as an airline pilot at Western Airlines and Delta Airlines.

    Verna's daughter Valerie
    Verna’s daughter Valerie

    She reportedly is also a martial arts instructor. She holds black-belt in Kenpo Karate. Speaking of her personal life, she got hitched with Mr. Patton with whom she shared a son Cory Patton.

    Verna Garver Died At The Age Of 87; What Was The Cause Of Her Death?

    Yes, Verna passed away on November 27, 2014, at her residence in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA at the age of 87. So far, no specific reason behind her death has surfaced in the media, so, as per our assumptions, she probably died naturally.

    Her body was buried in Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery at Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake County, Utah. Her obituary was published in the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Besides, her ex-spouse Clint died of Congestive heart failure nine days before his 91st birthday on May 21, 2018, in Grass Valley, California.

    Quick Facts
    Full Name Verna Lucille Garver Walker
    Popular Name Verna Garver
    Birth Place Anna, Union County of Illinois
    Birthday April 16, 1927
    Death November 27, 2014
    Death Cause Natural
    Age 87 years
    Nationality American
    Ethnicity Mixed
    Father Jesse Albert Garver
    Mother Cuba Mabel St. John Garver
    Siblings 2 sisters
    Eye Color Black
    Marital Status Divorced
    Spouse Clint Walker
    Children Daughter