Ronald Grow Hallmark, 83, formerly of Walla Walla, passed away peacefully on the morning of April 9, 2013, in the city of his residence, Cebu City, Philippines. His wife, Gloria de Gracia Hallmark, was at his side. Ron was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 55 years, W. Jean Palmer Hallmark; and his beloved daughter, Penny Lynn Hallmark Cherry of San Jose, Calif.
Ron is survived by five children, Sammantha Hallmark Seals of Tooele, Utah, Bruce Hallmark of Wenatchee, Dr. Robert J. Hallmark of San Antonio, Texas, Theresa A. Felt of Park City, Utah, and Alan L. Hallmark of Robbinsville, N.J. He was a proud grandfather of 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ron was born in Walla Walla on March 25, 1930, the youngest son of Ivy “Bud” and Luella Hallmark. Ron attended Washington Grade School and graduated from Walla Walla High School in June 1948.
Ron worked for the Post Office for many years before taking a position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He retired from government service in 1985, and he and his wife Jean traveled extensively until her death in 2003. Ron will be lovingly remembered for his many accomplishments. He got his pilot license when he was 16, was a member of the National Guard, a member of Civil Air Patrol, and served as a Boy Scout leader for many years as scoutmaster. He loved children; he and his wife were foster parents and adopted a beautiful young girl. Ron was a well respected member of the community and volunteered for many charities over the years. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He helped to build houses and helped construct a beautiful church on South Second Avenue in Walla Walla. Although Ron lived in many places around the world, he always thought of Walla Walla as his home.
A memorial service to honor Ronald G. Hallmark is being planned by the family and will be announced this summer. He will be interred at the Mountain View Cemetery, beside his “bride” Jean.