Hot Air Balloonists Honor Roy Walz 1953-2012

Blue Moon hot air balloon pilot Roy Walz photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

Hot air balloonists gathered in Marana, Arizona on February 17, 2013 to honor one of their own: pilot Roy Walz who passed away at the end of 2012. Roy was a man of good heart and loving generosity who would take you for a ride higher and longer than ever before. I had the privilege of crewing for him and his Blue Moon balloon. He gathered a wonderfully fun team to be a part of as we sent him soaring aloft at many a rally in Arizona and New Mexico.

Roy  Walz in photos

People brought their favorite photos of Roy. I’ll share some with you here.

Roy Walz and Richard Blue Moon hats photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

Roy, with his partner and crew chief, Richard, at his last rally in White Sands, New Mexico, September 2012.

Roy Walz Blue Moon photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

It was a lovely day for a balloon chase across the gypsum dunes of White Sands.

Roy Walz Blue Moon hot air balloon photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

We were blessed with another beautiful morning when Richard supervised the memorial flight of the Blue Moon.

Blue Moon hot air balloon photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

Dan Ewer, of Foolish Pleasure Hot Air Balloon Rides, served as pilot for Roy’s balloon. Everyone gave a helping hand to send the Blue Moon into the air once again.

Blue Moon hot air balloon photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

A balloon for each of Roy’s 59 years on Earth escorted him on his last flight while his ashes were scattered.

Blue Moon hot air balloon farewell photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

Many a tear fell as we wished Roy farewell. Yet, he lives with us now and always in our hearts.

Roy Walz Blue Moon hot air balloon farewell photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

The Winds have welcomed you with softness, the Sun has blessed you with its warm hands, you have flown so high and so well God has joined you in your laughter and set you gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth and the Crew.

Roy Walz Blue Moon Glow photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

You will always be loved

You will always be missed

You will never be forgotten

12 thoughts on “Hot Air Balloonists Honor Roy Walz 1953-2012

  1. It is a shame to have missed meeting such a vibrant person; many must be thankful to have known him. Condolences…

    I was given the opportunity to see orbs and their emanations during full daylight – it was breathtaking and quite an experience. I’ve attached a picture so you can share in the wonder. The catbird in the tree is in awe as well. The small golden orb is apparently staying close to its mentor for now.

    On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM, Orbs Delight


    1. Thank you for your kind note, Ellen. We do miss our hot air balloon pilot. Doesn’t quite make sense that he is not still here among us.

      I look forward to seeing and reading more about your daytime orb experiences.


  2. Oh thanks for sharing this important part of history with us. We are reminded of one of man’s works in the past as he strived to conquer the air. Thanks for the memorable post. May Roy’s soul rest in peace.


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