Former college attorney dies at 83

A former Laramie County Community College attorney and a Wyoming Supreme Court chief justice, Walter Urbigkit, 83, of Cheyenne died Oct. 31 at Davis Hospice Center.

He was born Nov. 9, 1927 into a farming family living near the town of Burris in Fremont County. Urbigkit graduated as valedictorian of his class at the Fremont Vocational High School in Lander and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in 1949 and then an LLB in 1951 from the University of Wyoming.

After he entered the draft to serve in the U.S Army during the Korean conflict, he served more than 50 years of private practice in the law as a trial attorney, working in the county attorney’s office, volunteering for the Wyoming State Selective Service Appeal Board, and serving six terms in the Legislature.

He received the University of Wyoming Distinguished Alumni and University of Wyoming Law School Distinguished Alumni awards in 1992 and also the 2005 Fremont County Vocational High School-Lander High School Alumni Hall of Fame Award of 1945 class membership. 

Urbigkit is survived by his wife, Marian (Chilton) Urbigkit, and their four children. 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at First Presbyterian Church. Burial of his urn will be in Cheyenne Memorial Gardens. Cremation has taken place at Cheyenne Memorial Gardens under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel. Friends who wish may contribute to the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Foundation, the Cheyenne Children’s Society or a charity of their choice. Friends may also sign his online guestbook at