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Wallace Wayne "Wally" Edgerton

1934 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Wallace Wayne "Wally" Edgerton Obituary
WALLACE "WALLY" WAYNE EDGERTON, 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Menifee, CA. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 after a prolonged illness. His wife, Judee, and daughters DeLynn and Ally were by his side. Born January 14, 1934, in Montebello, CA, Wally attended elementary school in Pacific Palisades, and was in the 1948 graduating class of Columbia High School in El Monte. Upon graduation, he entered East LA City College. His early studies and involvement in Student Government, including serving as Student Body President, were the gateway to a long and successful political career. Following City College, Wally was accepted into USC, where he earned dual-Masters degrees in Political Science and Business Administration. His interests also included acting which led to him being awarded the Talent Finder Scholarship from the Pasadena Playhouse, where he was actively involved for several years, having starred in " Oklahoma!" and "Meet me in St. Louis", amongst other performances. Not one to sit on his laurels and always insisting on making his own way in life, Wally worked the midnight shift at a local mortuary while attending University. Following USC, Wally was hired by Smith, Klein & French Pharmaceuticals, becoming one of the first pharmaceutical representatives hired without being a pharmacist. In 1965, Wally was hired at University of Maryland, where he taught Political Science, Business Administration, International Law and Black History. His position with U of M took him overseas to Madrid, Spain, Heidelberg, Germany, Northern Italy and London, England. While in London, Wally became a stock broker with Omni. He was an educator throughout the remaining years of his life, teaching at Cal State Long Beach, and Mt. San Jacinto College. It was important to Wally to always provide for his family, which was his first priority in life. He returned to the US with aspirations of running for US Congress. Instead, in 1975, Wally was successfully elected to his first term with Long Beach City Council, winning the election by a mere 18 votes, having resided in the city for only 10 months. He remained on the council until 1992. During that time, Wally met the love of his life, Judee (Speer). They were set up on a blind date by her brother-in-law, who was serving on the Long Beach City Council along with Wally. That was in October of 1978. They married 3 months later on Dec. 28, 1978 on the Princess Louise in San Pedro. Moving to Menifee about 1997, Wally and Judee raised emu's, ducks, chickens, dogs, turtles and many other animals. In 2008, Menifee incorporated and Wally became the city's first mayor, garnering more votes than any other candidate on the election ballot. In 2012 he was elected to represent the city's 3rd District as councilman, where he remained active until his passing. Wally's interests in life were not limited to politics. He enjoyed a competitive game of chess, hiking, bicycling, gardening, animal rescue and nature. He considered his political life to be his public service. Wally and Judee once donated a 1949 Mercedes Benz to St. Matthews Catholic Church in Long Beach. Wally also donated countless amounts of USC football game tickets to the church for the youth groups there, hoping to inspire an interest in furthering their education. Wally is survived by his wife Judee; son, Greg (Julie Crawford); daughters DeLynn (Pete), Toyan (Nils) Ally (Mitzi); granddaughter Christina Teran; great-grandson Jackson Platt, and twin great-granddaughters MacKenzie and McKenna Platt, and his Jack Russell Terrier, Ruben. He was preceded in death by his mother Cecilia Scott, his father and 'Mom' Merle and Edna Edgerton, his brother Bernie Edgerton, and pets Pooh and Rita. The family wishes to thank Miss Moon, Wally's Hospice caregiver, for her kindness and assistance to Wally and the family during the transition of Wally's life. A public Memorial will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Paloma Valley High School Auditorium, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Published in Press-Enterprise from June 16 to June 17, 2015
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