Donald Wallace

Donald Earl Wallace, 84, died May 16, 2014, at his home in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Mr. Wallace was born Sept. 10, 1929 to DeRae and Ethel Evelyn (Braley) Wallace in Upton, Wyoming, at the home of his maternal grandparents, William and Ina Braley. He spent his boyhood years on the "S Cross" cattle ranch in Fall River County, South Dakota, on the Wyoming-South Dakota-Nebraska border, a property operated by his father and founded by his great-grandfather Alexander Holcomb Wallace in the years before either Wyoming or South Dakota had achieved statehood. After high school graduation in Seattle, he served in the U.S. Army in the occupation of Japan, 1946-48, and again in the Korean War, 1950-52. In the intervening years, he served as a "Smokejumper" (parachutist firefighter) with the U.S. Forest Service based in Cave Junction, Oregon. He was a graduate of the University of Washington. He retired from the Boeing Company in 1990, after a career of 35 years. Don is survived by his wife, Teri Van Huss, of Las Cruces; son Craig Loring Wallace of Albany, Oregon, daughter Meredith Lynn Patterson of Houston, Texas, and daughter Brynn Elizabeth Wallace of Seattle; four grandchildren (Josh Coon, Ryan Coon, Cory Wallace and Zachary Wallace); four great-grandchildren (Brooke, Kyle, Paige and Landon Coon) and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving are his sister Delores Elaine Skinner of Spokane, Washington, and his brother Robert Gordon Wallace Esq. (wife Kristin Wolfram) of Port Townsend, Washington. He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife, his son-in-law, James Patterson, and his youngest son, Ian Stuart Wallace. His cremains will be interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. By his request there will be no services. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home & Getz Family Crematory 1410 E. Bowman Ave Las Cruces New Mexico 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit

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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 23, 2014