Lloyd Sherman Wallace was born on December 16th, 1947 in San Francisco to Jack Ford Wallace and Lois Eileen (Sherman) Wallace, both natives of Eureka/Arcata. He passed away on February 16th, 2023 due to heart disease at his dream farm in Holmes Flat. Lloyd was a farmer at heart, and his love for agriculture started with his grandfather. He joined 4-H at the age of 10, where he pursued many projects related to farming and worked on his family’s dairy farm on the Arcata Bottoms. After graduating from Arcata High School in 1966 with straight A’s, he attended Humboldt State College with the hope of becoming a veterinarian. However, his plans changed when he was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. He served two tours in Nam and earned his nickname, Sarge.
After the war, Lloyd worked for Simpson Timber Co. at the Arcata plant and at Korbel before buying a house in Blue Lake and owning and operating Blue Lake Speed Wash. When timber production decreased, he began working at Pacific Lumber Co. in Scotia until his retirement. Lloyd then fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning a farm near Redcrest, which he named “Plowboy Farm.” There, he lived with his dog DJ and sold organic produce out of the old milkhouse, raised livestock, rode his Harley, and restored old cars in his barn. He was known for his legendary “Barnyard Parties,” a trait he learned from his mom, where he generously gave out bouquets of flowers and arms full of vegetables to his guests.
Lloyd’s measure of success was not monetary wealth but rather his love for his family, friends, farming, surfing, dancing, motorcycle riding, and classic cars. He was a generous man who was always supportive of others, as evidenced by his trading his prized 48 Chevy coupe for his sister Rena’s dairy cow when she wanted her first car. His creative imagination was reflected in his occasional poetry. Lloyd was survived by his son, Brent Dylan Wallace, sisters Rena Wallace Forbes (Keith) and Cathleen Susan Wallace (Denny), niece Kelly Leann Giampaolo, nephews Gyle James Maruska, Jacob Paul Hernandez, Dyllan Russell Forbes, and Garrett Jack Forbes, ex-wife Roxanne Wallace, and many friends.
Lloyd’s sunflowers will bloom again this year, and a celebration of life will be announced when the weather warms up. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Miranda’s Animal Rescue.
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