Obituaries

Jerry E. Wallace, 72

Jerry E. Wallace, age 72, of Clarkston, WA, formerly of Grangeville, ID, died October 24, 2019 from heart complications at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Born in Cottonwood, ID, on December 22, 1946, to Georgia and J.D. Wallace. Jerry grew up in Winchester and attended Highland High School in Craigmont. While a sophomore in high school, Jerry met the love of his life Jane Crow. They dated throughout high school, graduated in 1965 and married on June 17, 1966.

Jerry attended Lewis Clark Normal School and graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and attended the University of Idaho, obtaining his Masters in Education.

Throughout Jerry’s life baseball was his passion. He was a pitcher on his high school team, played as a pitcher for American Legion teams, and was a pitcher on the Lewis Clark Normal School Warriors team.

After accepting a teaching position as a teacher at the Grangeville Elementary School, he was tasked with founding, organizing and coaching the youth baseball program. During his 17 years as a teacher, he coached a variety of sports teams that also included basketball for a variety of ages.

Jerry worked in the automotive industry for Gortsema Motors in Grangeville and Tyler-Kelly Motors in the Lewis Clark Valley.

After retiring in 2011, Jerry and Jane enjoyed traveling around the United States.

Jerry’s second passion in life was fishing and keeping families’ and friends’ freezers full of fish. In July 2016, he took his two sons; Jeff and Jeremy on a fishing trip to Alaska. This trip fulfilled a long-time wish to deep sea fish. He created many fond memories with his sons.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 53 years Jane; two sons Jeff (Jamie) and Jeremy (Stina); five grandchildren Michaelle, Ashland, Lilly, Parker and Thorin; one great-grandchild Azalea; one brother Bob (Linda), two sisters Peggy Wiggins (Rod) and Vicky Phipps (Paul); David Crow and Carol Teats (Murray); and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Jon, brother Jim, and his mother- and father-in law Dwane and Evelyn Crow.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to the Grangeville Youth Baseball in honor of Jerry’s name.

Funeral services for Jerry will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Grangeville Christian Church with burial to follow at Prairie View Cemetery. Light refreshments will be provided back at the church. You may submit condolences to the family to Blackmerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home. Grangeville.

The fish at the Clarkston Golf Club pond live another day!

Condolences to the family of Jerry E. Wallace, 72

  • Lori Roberts says:

    I wanted to send my condolences to all of Jerry’s family, he was a wonderful man. He was a great teacher and just a pleasure to know. I hope you’re family finds peace. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Lori Roberts

  • Sue Higgins says:

    Jane, I was so sorry to see that you lost your husband. I know what you have ahead of you now, since I lost Greg on June 29. The past 4 months have been the hardest 4 months I have ever lived through. I was given a book which helpful, called Driving Solo. Know that I am thinking of you.
    Sue Higgins

  • Tom and Judy Leuck says:

    Dear Jane, Jeremy and Jeff , Tom and I were so sorry to read of Jerry’s passing. He certainly made many contributions to the community of Grangeville through his teaching and founding of Grangeville Youth Baseball. Although he passed at a young age, he did live a full life. We are so glad that he had the opportunity to travel in his last years and to make that trip of a life time to Alaska with the boys. We send our prayers that you can take comfort in the many memories you made with Jerry. Tom and Judy Leuck

  • Terry and Sonya Turner says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Jane and the entire Wallace family. Jerry was a good man and will be missed by many.

  • Cathy Pullen says:

    Jane and family, so sorry for your loss. Jerry will be greatly miss by all those who knew him. He always had a smile on his face and a good word to share. Thanks for letting me be a part of your special family. I truly feel that families are forever and that earth life is just a short stop in our eternal journey. May your happy memories give you comfort until you meet again.

  • Shirley Hill says:

    Jane, I am so very sorry for you and your family’s loss. Sending prayers for strength through all the wonderful memories you have to share with each other.

  • Frank Sargent says:

    I met Jerry while he was working at Gortsema Motors. Bought a pickup from him, then went on some camping/fishing trips with Jerry and Jane. Wish we would have done more with them. I always thought Jery was a good and compassionate man. He will be missed.

  • Marty Rafferty says:

    I would like to send my condolences to the Wallace family. Jerry (Mr. Wallace), was an awesome man and teacher. He will be missed by many!

  • Delsie Whinery says:

    Mr. Wallace was such a cool teacher. I remember him hunting on Joseph and staying with us then having him as a teacher. He also was my drivers ed teacher where we got to enjoy Janes goodies before we started on our drives. Then he sold me my first SUV. Jerry touched so many lives and will always be fondly remembered by me!! What a great soul!

  • Stan and Lesley Orcutt says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Our prayers and love go out to Jane and his family. We will always remember Jerry fondly and are so grateful for the opportunity to have known him.

  • Dot and Jim says:

    our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Sue Sickels says:

    So sorry for your loss Jane. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family Ron and Sue

  • Steve Riggers says:

    So very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. As a fellow graduate of Highland High School in Craigmont, I remember watching Jerry and his two brothers play American Legion baseball. They had some very good teams including a state championship class B state title. I thought those guys were the best baseball players around. As a nine year old kid they inspired in me a love for the game. Ten years later Jerry would coach the Grangeville legion baseball team to a state championship. I was on that team. Thank you Jerry for your work and dedication, and for helping us learn how to play as a team and play winning baseball. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it to Jerry’s service. All of his friends and family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    God Bless,

    Steve Riggers

  • Andrea Bergin says:

    Jane, I was so sorry to read about Jerry’s death! He was a lovely guy, and every interaction I ever had with him was a delight. May the Lord be a real comfort to you as you adjust to this huge loss. Love, Andrea Bergin

  • Jeff and Monica Jones says:

    Dear Jane and family; It is with great sadness that we hear of Jerry’s passing. We remember many great times with you and the boys as they grew up and dinners at our homes. Please accept our sincerest condolences. Jeff and Monica Jones

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