Wallace Dodds Crosby Obituary

Wallace “Wally” Crosby

Wallace “Wally” Crosby

Wallace “Wally” Crosby was born on October 25th, 1931 to Mae Dodds and Samuel Wallace Crosby in St. George, Utah. His family moved to Reno and then Virginia, but he felt that Panguitch, Utah was home, where he spent his late teens among his Dodds family.

Wallace married Billie Merrell in 1953. Wallace received a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Utah, and served as a physician in the Air Force before settling in Chico, which became home for over 60 years. He had four daughters, Sherry, Christi, Jerry and Shauna.

Wallace had a private practice for decades treating many Chico residents. He served as Chief of Staff at Enloe Memorial Hospital from 1971 to 1972. In later years he served as an ER physician at Enloe.

Wallace was known as generous and compassionate, readily volunteering his medical skills to a variety of causes, from schools, to the boy scouts, to making old-fashioned house calls for free. Wallace was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and loved his family. He enjoyed golfing with friends and taking his family camping, riding motorcycles, and flying a Cessna. He was a “maker,” constantly working on projects from carving and painting duck decoys to building rocking horses. He had a cowboy “witticism” for every occasion or a good story.

Sadly, Billie, his wife, passed away in 2022 after 69 years of marriage. Wallace had two brothers, David and Robert Crosby, and four daughters: Sherry Crosby Atkin (Norm), Christi Crosby Bergin (David), Jerry Crosby, and Shauna Crosby Allen (Clay), thirteen grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren with one more on the way.

Funeral services will be June 10th at 10:00 am at the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints, 2430 Mariposa Ave. If you would like to donate a gift in Wallace’s memory, please make a donation to The Little Red Hen in Chico at: littleredhen.org/products/donate.