Starr Walton came from a skiing family. Her grandfather and great-uncle developed California’s Sugar Bowl, and helped develop ski resorts near Donner Pass. She began skiing at age three and won her first race at age five. After her Olympic experience she married and the family settled near Sacramento. There Walton-Hurley was very active in civic organizations and volunteer work. She also served on the National Advisory Board of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She has been named Volunteer of the Year by both the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Crocker Art Museum.