James Preston Wallace
James Preston Wallace, 92, died Aug. 26, 2013 at the Bishop Care Center. He was born at White River to Dennis and Lena Wallace on March 1, 1921.
There will be graveside services at the Fish Lake Valley Cemetery at 10 a.m. Sept. 7, 2013.
He was the youngest of seven children, all of whom have preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Verna Caldwell Wallace of Fish Lake Valley; his son, Leland Wallace and his wife, Marlene of Fish Lake Valley; and his daughter, Irene Livermore of Fish Lake Valley. He has two grandchildren, Grant Wallace and his wife, Trisha of Fish Lake Valley, and Devon Scott and her husband Shane of Bishop; also three great-grandchildren, Aiden, Trista and Owen all of Bishop.
Jim arrived to homestead land in Fish lake Valley in 1950, coming from California Hot Springs. He served on the original board of directors of the White Mountain Cooperative which later became known as Valley Electric Association. In his early years in Fish Lake Valley, he worked for the Esmeralda County Road Department and was proud to be the one to build the original north cutoff from Fish Lake Valley to Grefco at U.S. 6 with the road grader. It was later paved by the State to the road it is now. He farmed alfalfa hay the old fashioned way and was very proud to be a homesteader and an American farmer.