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Michael Clyde Wallace
June 24, 1950 ~ January 23, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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The family of Michael "Mike" Clyde Wallace, 73, of Divide, Colorado must sadly announce his passing at his residence on January 23, 2024. Mike was born in Maryland on June 24, 1950, and was raised in the humble village of Philo, Ohio. He played trumpet in the marching band, was active in Boy Scouts, and played a variety of sports growing up. He never missed an opportunity to be outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing, and riding motorcycles whenever possible. He and his father shared a love of music and often played guitar together. He never stopped loving playing his many guitars and writing out songs complete with guitar chords. Mike attended Wittenberg University and graduated with a degree in sociology. He worked in the juvenile court system in Dayton, Ohio before moving to Divide in 1985 to pursue a life full of untamed wilderness, outdoor recreation, and his love of animals and wildlife. While his careers in the probation field and grant writing world filled his workdays, Mike found his real passion in mountain biking, feverishly participating in such grueling rides as Ride the Rockies, which traversed riverbanks, mountain skylines, and breathtaking vistas. He also continued his love of primitive and backwoods camping, canoeing, kayaking, and fly fishing. In his later years, Mike took up sketching and writing poetry. He was exceptionally proud of his rural childhood, upbringing, family, and the Wallace family name.
Michael is preceded in death by his beloved parents, Clyde and Virginia (Harris) Wallace; his sisters Shirley Wallace Ruedy and Jeanine Wallace Ames; brother-in-law Ralph Ruedy; and a plethora of beloved and cherished pets, including his soulmate, springer spaniel Hunter. Mike is survived by his nephew Daniel Ruedy; nieces Kate Adams-Wallace, Elizabeth Ruedy, and Carolyn Ruedy; and great-niece Imogen Townes. No funeral arrangements are planned at this time, but a late Spring memorial will be announced at a future date.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.” ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden