John “Jay” Gator” W. Wallace III, 60, of Beaver Dam passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021 at Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.
John was born on March 19, 1961 the son of John W. and Cathy T. (Peck) Wallace Jr. in Beaver Dam Wisconsin. He was a 1979 graduate of Beaver Dam High School. On August 30, 1995, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth “Liz” Matthews in Juneau, Wisconsin.
John “Jay” made his career in the printing business; working at the Daily Citizen, later in Baraboo at what came to be known as, LSC Communication and most recently at Royle Printing in Sun Prairie.
Master Wallace was passionate about Karate. He earned his 5th degree black belt in 2014; he received this honor from Chief Master and friend Scott Krenz. John had been in karate for nearly 30 years and an instructor for over 25 years with Martial Arts of America. John, also known as Gator, will be remembered for his love of riding his motorcycle on the open road. He enjoyed traveling on his motorcycle, meeting friends and helping others along his journey. Jay also loved ALL sports especially NASCAR racing and baseball. He was also a huge Beaver Dam High School Athletics fan. He enjoyed watching the teams when his son Andrew, managed the high school basketball and baseball teams.
John is survived by his wife Liz and sons David Wallace and Andrew Wallace all of Beaver Dam; his father John W. Wallace Jr of Beaver Dam; his brother William J. Wallace of Horicon and his beloved family dog, Star. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Cathy and his grandparents.
A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam. A Celebration of Life for John will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Rev. Chris Davis officiating. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. The family encourages all in attendance to please wear a mask.
The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.