Wallace “Wally” Stanley Savage passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 in his home from natural causes at 84. Wally was born on Nov. 9, 1929 in Dietrich, ID, and lived as a young child in Springfield, ID.
Wally was raised by his elder siblings due to the passing of his mother Rosetta (Barker) Savage during childbirth and father, Marion Cornelius Savage, at age eight. He was an Elder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
While attending high school, Wally drove the local school bus in order to support himself. Wally graduated from Aberdeen High School where he also participated in sports. Particularly, he was a top performer on the basketball team. After high school, Wally enlisted in the United States Navy and was trained as a pattern maker. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in April of 1954.
Post Navy, Wally married and had six children: Cindi (Savage) Patrick (Rob Patrick), Ann (Savage) Bennett (Bob Bennett), Randy Savage (Shelley Savage), Suzette (Savage) Brinkley (Gary Brinkley), Sandra (Savage) Hawkes (Kim Hawkes), Royce Savage (Julee Savage), whom he held dear in his heart until the day of his passing. On Sept. 8, 1972 Wally married Jacquelyn “Jackie” (McGaugh) Frazier and began a journey of many cherished moments that would carry them to this day. Wally’s commitment of marriage to Jackie (native and local business person in Pocatello, ID) also included the commitment and support of four stepchildren: Doug Frazier, Teresa “Teri” (Frazier) Welch, Jerre (Frazier) Wise and Lloyd Frazier. In this role of his life, Wally set an example over the past 42 years as a husband and step-father to a level of which all should strive.
Following his return from the Navy, Wally opened his own furniture store in Aberdeen, ID. He was the sanitation manager at Lamb Weston for 12 years until he opened Best Way Pest Control in 1973 located in Pocatello, ID. Wally was a successful entrepreneur, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, until he sold Best Way Pest Control in 2012. Wally supported the Bengal Foundation and was a season ticket holder for the ISU football team. He was elected president of the local American Legion Baseball committee in 1980 and together with his father-in-law he helped build, and donated the concession stand at the Halliwell baseball park in Pocatello, ID. Wally enjoyed golfing, sports, and spending time outdoors working in his yard. He once won a shotgun and cash in a bowling tournament. He had a great love, and artistic eye for landscaping. He received the Golden Arrow award in Pocatello in 2011.
Wally was very personable, fun loving, and had a great sense of humor. He once won a beard-growing contest in Aberdeen. In return, Wally created many lifelong friendships that crossed numerous borders of this country. However, more often than not, Wally enjoyed taking part in conversation locally over a cup of morning coffee at businesses such as the old “Karen Lanes” on Main Street and more recently Butter Burrs on Yellowstone.
Wally is preceded in death by his mother Rosetta (Barker) Savage, father Marion Cornelius Savage, brother Cecil Brigham Savage, brother Marion Mathew Savage, sister Florence Elizabeth Savage, brother Clifford Orlando Savage, brother Marvin Ray Savage, brother Arthur Fay Savage, brother Frank Barker Savage, sister Zella Learna Savage.
Wally is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn “Jackie” Savage, brother, Lester John Savage (Challis, ID), six children, four stepchildren, 31 grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at the Colonial Funeral Home located at 2005 S. 4th Ave., Pocatello. Family will receive friends at 11 a.m. with funeral services commencing at 12 p.m. Graveside service to immediately follow together with a luncheon for family and friends at Johnny Creek Ward located at 5425 Bannock Hwy, Pocatello. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation on his behalf in honor of his wife.