Today we celebrate the life of our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, coach, mentor, and friend, Harold Edwin "Bud" Wallace. Bud passed away Sunday, May 27, 2012, at his home near Flathead Lake, Polson, Mont., while getting his flower garden planted.

Bud was born March 9, 1932, in Honolulu, Territory Hawaii, to Harold Edwin Wallace Sr. and Louise Lisette Tschantz-Hahn, spending his youth in Hawaii and Northern California where he earned his Eagle rank in the Boy Scouts. Bud graduated from Vallejo High School and after completing his military service in the U.S. Army, attended the University of Montana.

Bud met Nancy Ann Jackson in high school after Bud winked at her in the hallway. With Nancy's return wink, their life began. On April 27, 1953, Bud married Nancy Ann in Reno, Nev., and they moved to Missoula, Mont. to begin their 49 years of marriage. The Wallace family eventually grew to 12 children, 34 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Along the way, Bud and Nancy built warm and loving family homes in Missoula, Hamilton, and Polson, Mont. and in Medford, Ore.

Bud was an avid and successful athlete throughout his life. He was a champion swimmer and diver, played football and basketball, and was an expert marksman. Bud transformed his passion for sports into his true professional interest in life revolving around teaching and coaching, particularly swimming and basketball. Bud's coaching efforts spanned many years across several states and included many successful teams in grade schools, high schools, the University of Montana, and the Phoenix Country Club, Phoenix, Ariz.

In addition, Bud worked in the sporting goods industry with Bob Ward and Sons Sporting Goods in Missoula, and later in his own sporting goods store in Hamilton, Mont., The Elegant Elk. He was a certified scuba diving instructor and was instrumental in developing the dive program for Missoula County Search and Rescue. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, taking care of his home, and spending time with Nancy and his loving family.

Bud was conservative and very active in Republican politics at both the local and national levels, including a run for the United States Senate in 1970, where he earned the endorsement and respect of President Richard M. Nixon. He also served as a lobbyist for numerous conservative causes thoughout the years.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy Ann; and his son, Timothy Edwin Wallace. He is survived by his daughter, Carol Warbelow, and her children, Caitlin, Rachel, Kylin, and Taija, all of Fairbanks, Alaska; Tim's children, Jessica and Nate Dolan, and Timothy Wallace Jr., all of Missoula, Mont., Michelle Lorentz, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Michael and Takako Grimm, of Clarkston, Wash.; his daughter, Sheri Wallace, and her friend, Tom Crosetti, of Mesa, Ariz.; his son, Donald (Gloria) Wallace, and their children, Chris and Candyce, all of Salt Lake City, Utah; his son, Scott (Lana) Wallace, of Cathlamet, Wash.; his son, Rick (Kelly) Wallace, and their children, Zachariah, Katie, and Elijah, all of Vancouver, Wash.; his son, Brock (Denise) Wallace, and their children, Lacie, Brock, Linzie, and Branson, all of Monmouth, Ore.; his son, Craig (Allison) Wallace, and their son, C.J., all of Riverton, Utah; his daughter, Heidi Wallace, and her children, Madelyn, Meredyth, Morganne, Cortlend, and Magyn, all of Lake Stevens, Wash.; his daughter, Amy (Chris) Hall, and their children, Taylir, Reed, Tristin, and Ren, all of Medford, Ore.; his daughter, Jenny Wallace (Kathee Brubaker), and their children, Kayla, McKenzie, Jared, Lexia, and Jacob, all of Lake Stevens, Wash.; his daughter, Julie (Kevin) Coffman, and their children, Louise, Kayden, and Kyle, of Kent, Wash.; as well as several cousins and many friends.

Dad, thanks for all you've given to us throughout your life. We will miss the passion of your beliefs, your unending love and commitment to the family, and your eternal faith in each and every one of us. We love you and miss you. Messages of condolences may be shared with the family online at www.groganfuneralhome.com.

The funeral service will be Saturday, June 2, 2012, 11:00 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Polson, Mont.