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Walter Wallace Obituary

Walter Allan Wallace
Walter Allan Wallace

September 7, 1932 - November 3, 2017
Born in Salinas, California
Resided in Salinas, California
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Walter "Allan" Wallace passed away peacefully at his home November 3, 2017 at the age of 85. Allan was born to Walter and Martha Wallace on September 7, 1932, and was a lifelong resident of Monterey County. In 1951, he graduated from Salinas High School, where he was a star track athlete in the 400m. His penchant for running afforded him the opportunity to attend Fresno State and compete at the college level.
The untimely death of his father in 1953, prompted him to leave Fresno State and join the U.S. Armed Forces. After serving in the Korean War, Allan returned to the Salinas Valley and embarked on his lifelong passion, cattle ranching. At the age of 30, he went to work for Albert Hansen on the Topo Ranch outside of King City. He managed the Topo Ranch for 28 years, and together he and Albert built one of the best pasture cattle operations in the state. In 1990, he received the honor of being the Monterey County Cattleman of the Year. Following his career at the Topo, he went on to work for Leighton and Snow Seed Companies.
Allan was a lifelong contributor to the California Rodeo. He started volunteering at the Rodeo at a young age, and went on to serve as a Director for 50 years. He was honored to serve as the Rodeo's Arena Director for 14 years, during this time he was instrumental in adding Gold Card Team Roping as an event. He was awarded an honorary Life-time PRCA Gold Card for his efforts. He cherished the friendships of all the incredible people he met through the California Rodeo.
Allan will be remembered as a hardworking, dependable and generous man who went above and beyond for his friends and family.
Allan was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Martha Wallace and his daughter, Johann Wallace.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years Susan, his children Laurie (Butch), Martha (Ron), Gordon (Angela), Tom, and Allyson. Grandchildren, Leeann, Dane, Tabitha, Makenna and Griffin.
A Memorial Service will be held at Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel, 41 San Luis St., Salinas, CA at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
A reception will follow at the Salinas Sport Complex.

In lieu of flowers please consider the following charities:
Public Recreation Unlimited PO. Box. 1648, Salinas, Ca. 93902
Central Coast VNA Hospice, PO. Box 2480, Monterey, Ca. 93942




Memorial Service
Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA US 93901
Saturday, November 18, 2017
11:00 AM


Public Recreation Unlimited
P.O. BOX 1648
Salinas, CA. 93902
Central Coast V.N.A. & Hospice
5 Upper Ragsdale Dr.
Monterey, CA US 93940