Jack Walton graduated from Clovis High School in 1930 where he starred in football and basketball, and later coached starting in 1935.
While at UNM, Walton captained the 1933 Lobo football team and was an all-Border Conference selection in football and basketball. He served as district director of the National Youth Administration from 1936-40, and was a U.S. Army Infantry captain during World War II.
From 1951-55, Walton was a member of the UNM Board of Regents and served as president of the Lobo Club from 1955-57. Walton retired as president of the Mountain States Mutual Casualty Company in 1986.