Wallace "Wally" Gene Opstad passed away on June 17, 2014. He was born on October 19, 1929, in Los Angeles to Johannes "John" and Frieda Opstad.|
Wally attended Whitworth College where he played football and competed in track and field. He later earned his master's degree at Los Angeles City College.
He began his professional career as an English teacher in the City of Inglewood. Wally Opstad was unique and an actively involved faculty member who went far beyond the role of a teacher in the classroom. He frequently made home visits to advocate and counsel students and parents, always keeping the students best interest in mind. He later became an administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Wally was extremely involved with the Exchange Club of Inglewood where he volunteered countless hours to local causes.
The family moved to Poway in 1974. He continued to serve as an administrator in the Poway Unified School District until his retirement in 1994. Wally's main focus in life was family and education. He always made time to support his children's extracurricular activities which included Poway National Little League, youth soccer, Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, Poway High School Wrestling, Football, Water Polo and Swimming. He was very proud and supportive of each of his children and that love grew even larger with the addition of grandchildren. Being a grandpa brought him tremendous joy and he loved every moment he spent with each grandchild.
His commitment to the students and staff at each site he worked continued beyond the school day where he was always chaperoning athletic events, dances and activities. Even after his retirement he continued to serve the school district for another decade whenever they needed administrative assistance.
Wally Opstad was an avid card game player, reader, bowler, stamp collector and baker. His infectious laugh and great sense of humor will be missed by the countless people he touched as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, teacher, administrator and friend.
Wally Opstad leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Nancy Opstad; his children, David Opstad, Diane Rude, Phil Opstad, Keith Opstad, Dan Opstad, Erik Opstad and honorary son, Branko Lukich; grandchildren, Kristen Rude, Jake Rude, Sheena Opstad, Kirin Opstad, Blake Opstad, Jack Opstad and Henry Opstad; son-in-law, Ron Rude; daughters-in-law, Monique Opstad, Erica Opstad, Kim Opstad and Trinity Opstad; and his sister, Hazel White.
A Celebration of Life for Wally Opstad will take place on Sunday, July 13, 2014, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the StoneRidge Country Club, 17166 StoneRidge Country Club Lane, Poway, CA 92064. All are invited to join the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrior Project in Wally's name would be appreciated.
Published in the Pomerado News on July 3, 2014