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August 28, 1944 - February 20, 2022

Edward Michael “Mike” Wallace, 77, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Sunday February 20, 2022 due to complications of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).  Private services will be held at a later date with internment at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango, Colorado. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in his name at the CURE PSP FOUNDATION at

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Hey big brother. RIP. Happy trails to you in that great big, beautiful heaven above. " May the sun shine warm upon your face, and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand."

Posted by Marti Wallace on April 5, 2022

Mike was a gentle man even when he was young. We all travelled to Ames, IA for my cousin Joe Knock's wedding, and my younger cousin Karl and I got our own room in the motel where Mike and the groomsmen were staying. Mike came in to our room to tell us that he and the men in the wedding party were going out on the town, and Karl (then maybe in Junior High?) asked if he and I could go along. Mike sat down and very gently told Karl that we were probably too young to get into the Ames bars, and that answer satisfied both of us. Fast forward to sometime in the early 1980's and I was talking with a friend who lived in Durango, CO. I casually mentioned that I knew of someone else who lived there, and it turned that Mike was his coffee drinking buddy every morning at some Durango cafe. He told me that Mike's attitude about life had made him a better person. Small world! Mike RIP.

Posted by Steve Brown on March 4, 2022

I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. My deepest sympathy and condolences to his entire family, some of whom were my friends and classmates. May the Lord carry their grief at this time of their loss. ❤️🙏

Posted by Debra Loudon on March 3, 2022

I worked with Mike in Las Cruces. One of the best lawyers I’ve ever worked and the finest family man I’ve ever known. Never once had a conversation with him that didn’t involve lots of laughter. He always knew how to lighten the mood and leave you with a smile on your face. Highway 70 should close all day in his honor.

Posted by Jeff Lahann on March 1, 2022

I graduated with Mike in the Creston HS class of 1962. He was an athlete, class leader, whip smart, funny, His laugh would make anyone smile! And God bless him, he helped me get through physics class. During class reunions, it was a joy to chat and laugh with him and get to meet Mary Ann.

Posted by Donna Caldwell Rusk on March 1, 2022

So sorry to hear about Mike. We have fond memories of Mike in Creston, as his sister, Julie was a classmate and is a dear friend. The Wallace family are very special to us. Cherish your memories and let them comfort you. We extend our prayers and love. Sharon and Don

Posted by Don and Sharon (Vest) Irelan on February 28, 2022

Mike started the same day as I at the DA office in Las Cruces. We worked together for 4 years before I left there. I used to tease him about his marriage picture to Mary Ann. I would ask him how he ever got her to marry him wearing that 1970's coat he was wearing. He was a great guy. I have many great memories of him. MC

Posted by MIchael E. Cain on February 28, 2022

I was a bailiff at the 3rd District Court in Las Cruces, and always looked forward to conversations with Mike. He had a great sense of humor and a sharp with. He was proud of his family and I'm sure will be missed by him as well as his friends.

Posted by Phil Breen on February 28, 2022

Mike was a wonderful man. He was a close friend of my late brother Mark and his family in Durango. Mike always gave me solid advice as I embarked upon my law career - if you can call my career a law career at all. We shared many discussions over the heated rivalry between Iowa and Wisconsin football teams. I will never forget that boisterous laugh and only wish that I had had the opportunity to share a few “jars” of stout with him in Ireland - but I am comforted by the thought that he is doing so now with my brother Mark in heaven - perhaps even on a golf course. My condolences to the Wallace clan.

Posted by Tony Carroll on February 27, 2022

I'm sorry to read of Mike's passing. He was a dedicated attorney who made a significant contribution to Iowa while he was with the AG's office. J. Patrick White

Posted by J> Patrick White on February 27, 2022

Mike and I graduated from Creston High School, Creston Iowa in 1962. Mike had a great smile and sense of humor. We played football and Mike was next to me in the offensive line. He often referred to play "26" where we would cross block. He continued to refer to this play even in to our later years. Mike had big hands and he would want to compare his hands to mine to see who had the largest hands. He continued to do this in our later years as well. He made me laugh every time. He was funny. Everyone liked Mike. Our 60th reunion is this summer and he will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Mike. Larry Goodrich, class of "62".

Posted by Larry Goodrich on February 25, 2022

Rest In Peace, Mike. You were a great mentor and friend to me, and I thank you for that. Keith Newbold

Posted by Keith Newbold on February 24, 2022

My love to Mike’s family. May your wonderful memories stay with you forever and give you peace. Our families spent such fun times together when our kids were young. Ryan, Ed, Andrea & Joe & later Erin & Rich spent days on the farm that Mike & his siblings were raised on. Mike was ringleader many times and always included all the kids in his fun. He was the best son, brother, husband & father and still had time to fulfill a great law career with Mary Ann at his side. Rest In Peace, Mike. We’ll all miss your joyful self.

Posted by Julie Craig on February 23, 2022

The last time I saw Uncle Mike was at his grandkids ball game in Urbandale. I remember his smile and laugh were golden that day even after dealing with some minor car issues. Anytime I heard his laugh through out the years, it would take me back to when his parents were alive in Creston, Iowa and the adults would be talking about bowl games while I ran around with my ninja turtles. I didn’t know Mike well, but he would always share joy when ever I was around him. I missed him before he was gone. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, boys, and grandchildren. May they carry on his infectious joy that I remembered.

Posted by Richard on February 22, 2022

"Death has been swallowed up in victory. Thanks be to God, we have victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians:15,54-57.

Posted by Jerry Wallace on February 22, 2022

Rest easy Uncle Mike. Love you.

Posted by Ryan on February 21, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers to all of you. Mike was one in a million and it was such a pleasure to know him. We have fond memories of Regina and your family.

Posted by George and Marian Karr on February 21, 2022