March 13, 1939 - June 30, 2017
Melvin F. Wallace, 78, passed away June 30, 2017 in Stayton. He was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and moved to Ashland, Oregon in 1949. He lived in Brookings from 1973 until 2009 when he moved to Stayton.
Mel served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a Green Beret in the 82nd Airborne Division third Special Forces and served for 18 months in the fifth Special Forces. He received both his bachelor degree and later his master degree from Southern Oregon College. Mel married Mary Stallings August 12, 1973 at Arch Rock State Park. He started his 33-year teaching career in Ashland at Walker Elementary School for five years. While living in Brookings, Mel taught at Azalea Middle School, and ran and taught Title One Reading Lab, also teaching at Kalmiopsis Elementary School. In 2009, he and Mary opened the Stayton House Antiques & Curiosities business, which they ran for five years. Mel enjoyed traveling, reading, and talking with people, as he was a people person.
He is survived by his wife, Mary of Stayton; children, Marcella (Jed) Driggers of Jacksonville and Matthew Wallace of Albany; brother, JB Wallace of Rock Hill, SC; sister, Bonnie Moore of Weiser, ID; four nieces and five nephews. Mel was preceded in death by sisters, Dolores Wallace and Kay Jackson, and niece, Katelyn Wallace.
A memorial service will be Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the seventh day Adventist Church at 610 Fern Ridge Road in Stayton, followed by a celebration of life at 3:30 p.m. at 2800 Kindle Way in Stayton. Contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice, Brookings-Harbor Educational Foundation, or seventh-day Adventist Church in Stayton. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.