WALLACE, Arnold Duane “Bill”

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WALLACE, Arnold Duane “Bill” (1928-2015) originally was hired as a ranch hand on Santa Rosa Island in 1948 at age 20. He left in the island in 1953, married, and had three children:

  • Dawn Wallace (b. 1956)
  • Denny Wallace (b. 1958)
  • Daya Wallace (b. 1960)

Bill Wallace returned to work on the island in 1968 at age 40, when he replaced ranch foreman, Diego Cuevas. Cowboy, mechanic, plumber, and jack-of-all trades, Bill lived continuously on Santa Rosa Island for almost 30 years as ranch manager. In 1983, he married Meredith, and she and her two children, John (b. 1972) and Laura (b. 1976) all moved to Santa Rosa Island. The Wallaces retired to Chico, California in 1999.

Bill Wallace died on July 29, 2015 at age 87 in Chico, California.


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