Unified Track · Aug 25 M-A Hall of Famer Willie Waller passes away https://www.echopress.com/obituaries/obits/4619347-Willert-%E2%80%9CWillie%E2%80%9D-Waller Willert “Willie” Waller Willert “Willie” Waller (78) died a self-described “old man” on August 5th 2019. While he lived out his later years in Evansville, MN, he held firm that Minnesota is too cold, and that he would forever root for the San Francisco 49ers. Willie was born in Brenham, TX (home of Blue Bell Ice Cream) and moved to Menlo Park, CA at the age of 13 following his mother’s death. He was the first black student to integrate Hillview Middle School. He then attended Menlo-Atherton High School, where he excelled at track, smashing records in the 440, 880 and mile relay. Willie served as a United States Marine in the early 1960’s. Please don’t make the mistake of saying he “was” a marine, as “Once a marine, always a marine.” Post service, he worked as an OR Tech at Sequoia Hospital for 40 years. Willie was well loved at Sequoia by staff and patients alike. He was well known for serenading patients as he wheeled them to and from their procedures. Willie was a collector of things (coins, Zippo lighters), as well as a serial hobbyist (baking, roses, origami, gourd burning). He delighted in showing guests what he’d recently acquired, or what he’d been working on. He prepared amazing ribs on the BBQ, breakfast for his kids on the weekend, and turkeys for Thanksgiving. He could light up a room, entertaining guests and friends with his one of a kind, off color humor. He held on to his humor until the end. Willie will be greatly missed by his wife, Linda Waller; his children, Roderick Waller, Krystyna Coates, Dylan Waller and Elliott Waller; his nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and countless more family and friends. “To thine own self be true.” A Home Going service for Willie will be held at his home on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1:00 P.M.