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WALLACE, Jack Donald
Passed away after a short illness on February 18, 2013, at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Broken Bow, OK on January 17, 1931, the third of eight sons born to Wyatt and Irene Wallace. Jack's dad worked for cotton farmers as a sharecropper. As soon as Jack could walk he joined his family in the fields picking cotton. When Jack was two years old, the family moved to Cooter, MO. In 1948 at age 17, Jack joined the United States Air Force. From the moment Jack entered the service he began his college studies, attending nights classes wherever he was stationed, in the States or overseas. In 1973 he graduated from the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, Germany with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian language. In 1963 while attending Syracuse University, completing his second year of Russian language training, he found a cute girl singing in the choir in a Baptist Church. Jack and Marge will be married 50 years in May of this year.
The military life provided endless adventures, travel and memories for Jack and Marge and their two sons, Bryan and David. Jack served his country for 27 years; the first 11 years as a military policeman, and then 16 years in the intelligence service as a Russian linguist. One of Jack's passions was pitching fast pitch softball wherever he was stationed, and he later became an NSA umpire.
Jack and his family retired from the Air Force in 1975 and settled in Roseville, where Jack attended UC Davis to pursue a Master's degree in Russian language and a teaching credential. He taught 16 years in the Roseville High School system. From an early age, Jack had a love for mechanics and old cars. Many Rosevillians will remember Jack driving around town in his blue 1960 Corvair.
Through the years Jack was actively involved in city politics, including serving eight years on the Roseville Planning Commission and running for City Council. He is considered by many to be the most well-known political activist for Roseville citizens, addressing commissions and City Council on many occasions.
For many years Jack was a 'sought after' mediator, always being asked how to solve conflicts. Jack will be remembered by his calm words of wisdom to so many people. 'Set high standards and stick to them,' he would say. Other words of wisdom from Jack: 'It isn't what you take with you when you leave this Earth; it is what you leave behind that 'counts.' His motto for his tombstone will be 'AT LEAST I TRIED.' Jack will be missed by so many.
Jack is survived by his wife, Marge; son Bryan and wife Kathy; son David and wife Dani; brother Tom, and wife Beverly; three grandchildren, Luke Rachael, and Melanie; and two great-grandchildren, Haley and Kai. He is also survived by dozens of loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Viewing will be at Cochrane's Chapel of the Roses, 103 Lincoln Street, Roseville, CA on Thursday, February 21st and Friday, February 22nd from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM each day. Mr. Wallace was a FreeMason and a Shriner. A Masonic service will be held at Cochrane's on Friday, the 22nd at 4:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at Centerpoint Community Church, 515 Sunrise Avenue, Roseville, CA on Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00 p.m. with a reception following the service in the church social hall. Interment will be at Exeter District Cemetery, Exeter, CA at the corner of Marienette and Highway 65, with full military honors on Monday, February 25th at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Centerpoint Community Church or Loving Angels In Home Care.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 22, 2013