#wallaceplaid forever

On Thursday evening, March 6th, my father Lynn Pyper Wallace passed away. He was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis fourteen years ago, but up until the last year and a half, you wouldn’t really know it. It was a slow and gradual decline and we all had lots of time with him to say our goodbyes. In the end, we were all so grateful that he was no longer suffering to breathe.

alipyper - my dad

He reached his 80th birthday, which was his last wish, and lived an amazingly full and productive life. Always working, always thinking, always doing, my Dad rarely stopped moving. His motto was, “Leave the campsite better than you found it,” which he translated into every facet of his life – his career as a civil engineer, his marriage of 54 year to my mother, his work with our Church, his family, his hobbies. Clean up after yourself and make things better for others if you can.

alipyper - Lynn and Kaye at Laurel & DJ Dorff Wedding, Nov. 5, 2011

As Easter is approaching, my heart has been so full of love and gratitude for my Savior Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice and resurrection. I know that #BecauseofHim, because of Jesus Christ, I will be reunited with my father again. That we’ll be reunited as a family again. It’s an amazing blessing of comfort and peace to me.

My fathers legacy weighs heavily on my and my siblings shoulders. He truly was an amazing person and I love him deeply. I will miss his annoyingly silly jokes, his brilliant mind, and his Priesthood blessings.

But, thankfully, #wallaceplaid forever!

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3 comments

  1. GLORIA

    WOW…..what a great story of your father. What a handsome guy when he was young. But you write about him, being so proud of him…he sounds like he was such a great AMERICAN. I’m so sorry on your lost. But you are right, one day, you will see him again….God Bless all your family

  2. Minerva

    Thank you for sharing your amazing family history. May our precious Lord and Savior continue to bless you and yours. It is a blessing to know we will see our families and friends again. Happy Easter.

  3. Jennifer LeBaron

    It makes me sad that their entire generation is gone now, all those Wallace siblings. They are so missed. Now my parents are approaching the age of saying goodbye I’m already grieving a little bit, even though they probably have many years left. If my recent experiences have taught me anything, though, it is to hold those you love close and live each day with joy, because it can all end so quickly. Life is short, but I have faith that no matter when it ends, the Lord knows it was long enough. And that’s good enough for me. Love you, cousin. Stop by for breakfast again sometime. ;)

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