Cecil Wallace 'Wally' Greer Jr.

Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Former Juneau resident Cecil Wallace "Wally" Greer Jr., of Boardman, Ore., died Nov. 12, 2009, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. He was 67.

Born July 22, 1942, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Cecil W. and Priscilla Schambera Geer, he lived in Juneau from 1970 to 1992.

He was raised in Phoenix, graduating from Central High School in 1961. He married Edith Davis on Sept. 1, 1965, in Mesa, Ariz. He attended Phoenix College and later Arizona State University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in education. He taught school in Portland, Ore., for one year, then moved to Juneau to teach.

He earned his master's degree in education from the University of Alaska Southeast. He taught photography and industrial and graphic arts at Juneau-Douglas High School from 1970 until his retirement in 1992.

He and his wife traveled with their children for a few years before settling in 1995 in Boardman, where he returned to teaching at Riverside High School for five years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Amateur Ham Radio Club. He enjoyed photography, leather work, stained glass, ham radio, traveling and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Randy Greer.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Edith Greer, of Boardman; daughters, Wendy Jensen, of Gillette, Wyo., Dawn Bonnett, of Juneau, Becky Cunningham, of Pendleton, Ore., Gail Scott, of Pasco, Wash., and Brenda Alvarez, of Umatilla, Ore.; sons, Lance Greer, of Juneau, Scott Greer, of Boardman, and Michael Greer, of Rexburg, Idaho; brother, Roger Greer, of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Jackie Mather, of Tucson; and 16 grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Riverview Cemetery in Boardman. Immediately following the graveside there will be a celebration of life service at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church. Burns Mortuary in Hermiston, Ore., is in care of arrangements.

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