Jack Cooper Wallace, Jr. was born on September 7, 1951 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Jack grew up in Oklahoma City. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1969 where he wrestled; leading his team to a state championship. He also played football, receiving the title of All Conference Linebacker in 1968.Throughout his high school years he was given the name “Jumping Jack Flash” by his peers, for his tenacity on and off the wrestling mat and football field. He received a Congressional appointment to attend the United States Airforce Academy; where he also wrestled and played football. His love for geology led him to enroll in the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Oklahoma; where, he majored in geology. Jack began his career working for Wagoner and Brown, as a geologist. He rose through the ranks at Wagoner and Brown with his strong work ethic, keen business acumen and geological skill set. In 1981, Jack joined US Senator Don Nichols’s staff where he worked as the chief legislative aid to the energy advisory committee where he helped write oil & gas legislation. Shortly thereafter, Jack went on to co-found Wallace-Gerrity Resources in Denver, Colorado with his best friend from the Airforce Academy. He returned to Oklahoma City in 1984 to join his family company, Wallace Oil and Gas. In the late 90’s Jack branched out from oil & gas and became involved with his late father-in-law, E. Leon (Skip) McCasland to help design and develop the McCasland families first independent living center, Hefner Mansions. Jack was a dedicated and loving father, an avid skier, and a thrill-seeking adventurer. He is preceded in death by his parents Joan Louise Wallace (Barton) and Jack Cooper Wallace, Sr and his brother Phillip Victor Wallace. He is survived by his four children: Windy Stillick (Wayne) of Charlotte, NC, Jack Wallace III (Heather) of Springfield, TN, Jay Wallace (Natalie) of Portland, OR, and Jacob Wallace of Opelika, AL and his six grandchildren, Cooper, Ella and Charlotte Stillick and Hester, Jackson and Jace Wallace and his brother Dan Wallace of Oklahoma City and ex-wife and best friend of 32 years, Karla McCasland. He is also survived by his beloved golden retriever, Bentley.
A memorial service will be held 10am Monday, September 18 at Church of the Servant in the Chapel of the Cross, 14343 N MacArthur Blvd. Floral contributions may be sent directly to the church.
September 18, 2017
Church of the Servant
14343 N MacArthur Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73142