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John Burdette Wallace


1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
John Burdette Wallace Obituary
December 19, 1929 - August 6, 2016 "John B.," a 4th generation Californian born in Pasadena, graduated from So. Pasadena-San Marino High School. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and after serving four years of active duty in a Reform Soway during the Korean Conflict was honorably discharged. Later, he completed his formal education at Pasadena City College. Two important employers in John's life were Fairchild Aerial Surveys and The City of Glendale. He was a licensed Construction Inspector and also a licensed Photogrammetric Surveyor. While employed at Fairchild, John B. served as President of the American Federation of Technical Engineers with no training. While still in high school and his first time near an airplane, he climbed into the cockpit of the aircraft and with no training flew it over Glendale. John was a lover of dogs and of the outdoors. He enjoyed surfing, softball, track and field, boxing and long distance bicycle rides on his ten-speed, which included many trips from San Francisco to Los Angeles and also around the Napa Valley, as well as several rides down the California coast. John's 50-year association with golf included a pair of holes-in-one, a single digit handicap and many rounds with Greg "Pappy" Boyington, an ace who flew with the Flying Tigers and the Marines during World War II. Another important part of John's life was the Masons. He was a member of the Burbank Lodge #406, Master in 1971 in Glendale, recipient of the Hiram Award, Associate Guardian and Lifetime Member of the Honor of Job's Daughters, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and Royal Order of Scotland. John enjoyed good health and thought that by the Grace of God, he was blessed. Therefore, to show his gratitude, several Masonic charities, the Paralyzed Veterans and the Pasadena Humane Society, where his current dog Clementine was adopted, received gifts from him. He also donated more than ten gallons of blood to the Red Cross throughout his lifetime. John and his bride Renay bought their home in Glendale before their marriage and have lived in their "Honeymoon Cottage" ever since. He often referred to her as his "Guardian Angel." They celebrated 50 years together, early in 2007. Besides Renay, John leaves their daughter Tracy and her husband Bill. A celebration of John's life will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 at 11am at the Burbank Masonic Lodge, 406 Irving Ave., Burbank 91504 (cross street Glenoaks Blvd.), followed by a luncheon at Acapulco Restaurant, Glendale. He requests his survivors have a beer, walk along the coast at sunset or pet a stray dog in his memory. At his request, his cremated remains will be scattered into the Pacific Ocean. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to the Pasadena Humane Society, 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91105 or http://pasadenahumane.org/how-you-can-help/ways-to-give/tributes-memorials/
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 18 to Aug. 21, 2016
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