Melvin Randolph (Mel) Wallis
1940 - 2020
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Melvin (Mel) Randolph Wallis

Bremerton - Melvin (Mel) Randolph Wallis, age 79, passed on May 6, 2020, in Bremerton, Washington. Mel was born on November 14, 1940, in St. Louis, Missouri to parents Rose (Mueller) Wallis and Frank Wallis.

Mel graduated from Mehlville High School in Mehlville, Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Southwest Missouri State University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Oregon. Mel married Mary Jane Caplinger in St. Louis on June 8, 1963.

Mel Wallis also served his county in the United States Army from 1961 to 1967. He earned the rank of Private First Class. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

From 1968-1972 Mel was a teacher and administrator at Monett High School in Monett, Missouri. He was a sales associate for Gang-Nail Truss Engineering in Kansas City, Kansas from 1967-1972. Between 1972 and 1974 while attending graduate school, he taught sculpture at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, and from 1974 until retirement in 2002 Mel was an art professor at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington.

Mel held membership in the National Education Association, College Teachers Association, College Art Association, the National Sculpture Society, and attended International Sculpture Conferences. He was awarded both the IDEA Founding Teacher Fellowship and the Kettering Foundation Award in 1967 and was listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1998. Mel did Sabbatical Research in Europe, Africa, South America, Alaska, Canada, and Mexico in 1983, 1988, 1990, and 1998.

Professional and special interests of Mel's included sculpture, ceramics, drawing and painting, woodworking, blacksmithing, backpacking, mountain climbing, fishing, golfing, boating, and kayaking.

Mel is preceded in death by his son Tim Wallis, brother Ronald Wallis, and his parents Frank and Rose Wallis. He is survived by his wife Mary Jane Wallis, daughter Jill (Wallis) Mercer, granddaughters Kiana Wallis and Danya Wallis of Poulsbo, WA and brother Harold Wallis of Peoria, AZ, Arrangements entrusted to The Stone Chapel Poulsbo Mortuary. A memorial service will be held tentatively at Stone Chapel Poulsbo Mortuary on September 26, 2020, at 1:00 pm.

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Published in Kitsap Sun from May 21 to May 31, 2020.
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May 30, 2020
Dear Jane, What a gift Mel was to all of us artists & friends. I am so sad to hear that he is gone. My deepest condolences to you & your family. 'til we meet again, sincerely, Anni Leedy
Anni Leedy
May 28, 2020
Jane and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories serve to comfort you and bring peace in the coming days.
Christine Troyer
May 27, 2020
I was with Mel and Jane on many painting outings. He was always helpful with advice and concern for all of us "newbies". I remember his frustration with me when I couldn't figure out how to draw the steps of a church. But he persisted and I did a fair job eventually. He made amazing pottery in his backyard kiln! He will be missed by many.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Karla Williver
May 27, 2020
Grand Canyon with plein air river journey.
Dear jane and family,
Doc and I send out sorrow at losing Mel and will always be grateful for his part in plein air trips and gift of pottery art. You are in our hearts as we keep distance between us 'across the pond'. Know that we are here to celebrate Mel's life and when restrictions losen up we will come meet for a celebration fo his life.
Laurie and Duane Crawford
Laurie Crawford
May 27, 2020
I only met Mel last year at a dinner following a paint-out but we had a long conversation that I enjoyed very much and was looking forward to other opportunities to talk . My heart goes out to Jane and family.
Lou Hurlbut
May 26, 2020
Anyone who knew Mel, knew he was a character, sharing his wit, wisdom and stories on life. I will miss him and wish his family peace. My sincere condolences.
Karen Bakke
May 26, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Jane and family for the loss of Mel. We will always cherish your and Mels friendship. All our love to you,


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