OBITUARY

Lucian Johnson Wallace

October 15, 1939October 11, 2020

Lucian Johnson Wallace, age 80, finished his race and won his place in Heaven on October 11, 2020, at his home in Round Rock, Texas.

He was a devoted husband to Carolyn (Susie) Guentzel Wallace, his wife of 59 years, and a loving and nurturing father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was loved and admired by his family and friends for his strength, honesty, integrity, and a gentleness that belied his hard-working soul.

Whether it was drag racing at the track behind the wheel of his Chevy in his youth, winning the Texas Karting championship, season championships with his stock car, fishing for bass, working side by side with son, Eddy, or daughter, Deborah, on their racing efforts, cheering on Sandra as she played sports or waved her pom poms for the McCallum High School Knights teams, or actively attending many a baseball, football, hockey game, drag race, car show, or piano and dance recital with his grandkids he was all-in. He was always telling you good job, providing you encouragement when you needed it and sometimes providing a little kick in the butt if you needed that, too.

Even in his final years, Lucian remained highly competitive, running his John Deere in antique tractor pulls across the state with Susie still by his side at each event just as in all those years before. Many a competitor cast a worried glance when the announcer called out, “Here comes the Wallace Team.”

Family vacations always included a stop at a racetrack or a lake to fish, and those poor fish stood as little chance as his racetrack competitors. Like racing, fishing was a passion handed down to his family. When he and Susie built their small ranch in Round Rock in 1983, Lucian made sure he included a large pond and stocked it with fish teaching his grandkids and great grandkids how to cast a line. Even loaning it out to the local high school bass fishing team to practice.

Friendship and fellowship were ingrained in Lucian’s heart and soul, and that certainly applied to Lucian and Susie’s 45-year friendship with Tom and Kim. Lucian first met Tom while he was racing stock cars and Tom was just a teenager looking to work on race cars. They remain loyal friends supporting each other through all life events.

Lucian served his country for nine years in the Army National Guard achieving the rank of Sergeant E5 with Co A 49th Armored Division. He was a worshipper at the Pflugerville First United Methodist Church, a member of the Tri County Antique Tractor Pullers Association, and a loyal employee of Henna Chevrolet for 53 years.

Lucian had a passion for the truth, and it didn’t matter if it was family, friends, co-workers, or acquaintances, you always knew exactly where you stood with Lucian. He had a way of connecting with anyone. He was a friend who had your back when you needed him, a cup of coffee when you needed an ear, and the ability to hold you accountable. His door was literally always open and his personality welcoming; “Y’all come on in this house!” he’d call to friends and family.

Lucian Wallace was a man who could still do what few can do today - work with his hands. Those hands built many a racecar, tractor, and the ranch that he and Susie had worked so hard to save for and build. Most importantly, those hands raised two beautiful strong daughters and a son who is every bit a man-like his father.

Those strong, loving hands that gave so much to his family and friends, gave Susie comfort in the end as he held her hand, and quietly went to sleep, his race run.

When the final checkered flag of life waves in the still and sorrow-filled air, the measure of a true champion is not just in the victories won or the trophies hoisted. And even though Lucian bathed in victory’s sweet glory on so many occasions, where he won biggest was in family: A beautiful Texas bride, three strong, determined and successful children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who now will watch over a legacy that will live as long and as strong as the exquisite note of a racing engine at full song.

Lucian was a winner, and so was everyone whose life he touched.

Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home with interment following at Cook-Walden/Memorial Hill Cemetery. The funeral service can be viewed livestream via https://vimeo.com/event/377723 (active link below).

Pallbearers include Daniel Denton, Eric Brougher, Layne Brougher, Tom Taylor, Jorge Guzman, and Chip Albritton.

Lucian is preceded in death by his parents, Lucian S. Wallace and Dora Lee Johnson Wallace; his brother, Jake Wallace and wife Frankie Turner Wallace.

Lucian is survived by his loving wife Carolyn (Susie) Wallace, daughters Deborah Wallace-Dykowski and husband Mike Dykowski of Taylor, Texas; Sandra Wallace Brougher of Austin, Texas; son Eddy Wallace and wife Meloney Wallace of Hutto, Texas; sister Shirley McAllister and husband Bill McAllister of Cornelia, Georgia; grandchildren Daniel, Molly, Eric, Amy, Layne, Kaylynn and Brad, Paul, Brandon, Blake, Mallory, Hayes, Katie, Jacob, and Garret; and great grandchild Addison.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions be made to Pflugerville First United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Daniel Denton
  • Eric Brougher
  • Layne Brougher
  • Tom Taylor
  • Jorge Guzman
  • Chip Albritton
  • DONATIONS

  • Pflugerville First United Methodist Church

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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  • Committal Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Sabrina & Gabriel Coy

October 21, 2020

Wallace Family, Gabriel and I would like to express our deepest condolences to each of you at the loss of such a wonderful man and truly loved individual. Lucian's smile will always be a treasured memory for us. He had a wonderful laugh and a generous heart. There was never a time when Lucian was not willing to lend a helping hand. He was a wonderful mechanic, a model employee but more importantly a fantastic individual and we will truly miss having him a conversation away. May he rest in peace with our almighty father and may each of you know peace beyond understanding through the grieving process and beyond. Blessings to you all, Gabriel and Sabrina.

Amy Prinz

October 20, 2020

Susie,
Just wanted to speak to the relationship your and the Prinz family enjoyed for so many years. David is taking Lucian's passing so hard but it helped to relive the many memories you all shared..

Lucian was a Giant of a man!

David and his father, the late Wayland Prinz, met Lucian competing at a go-cart race when he was only 12 years old. Sharing the same interests and the same competitive spirit, their relationship evolved from competition, to collaboration, to a lifelong adventure of a racing partnership. Lucian became David's mentor; they both loved the thrill of racing, they both worked with their hands in their respective fields, and they both made family a priority.
David looked up to Lucian, he totally respected him, he continually learned from him, and he loved him deeply.
As the Prinz and Wallace families relationship and abiding friendship grew and deepened, they spent wonderful times
together enjoying the same work and activities and ended each year in the Wallace's home, celebrating Christmas together.
David attended each race with Lucian and family and continued the practice when it was Eddy's turn to show his outstanding talent and prowess in the racing field. David went all over the U.S. and even into Canada with Eddy and family as they were a team, and all supported Eddy in his love of racing.
David Loves Eddy, just as much as Lucian, his father before him, for the truly good men they are.

Lucian left his mark on the world for the great, ingenious, knowledgeable, inventive, generous, friendly and loving man he was, and our world was blessed he was with us. And even though his memory, his goodness, and the mark he left will NEVER die, and will live on in those of us who loved him, somehow the world is already a lesser place because he is no longer with us!






Tomas Martinez

October 17, 2020

Dear Susie,
We are your backdoor neighbors. Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your beloved husband, Lucian. We have fond memories of the warm welcome you & Lucian gave us when we moved in. We remember him working hard in the barn & would see him fishing with your children & great-grandchildren at the pond. Please find comfort in knowing that God is aware of your pain & he wants to comfort you. His word says: "throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you," (1 Peter 5:7). He will give you the strength to endure this difficult situation.
Sincerely, Your Neighbors (Martinez Family)

Linda Lamkin

October 16, 2020

What a huge hole left with the loss of Lucian. My heart pours out for everyone who knew such a great man. His legacy should serve as a life well lived. He will be missed. RIP
Linda Lamkin and family

Sheila Wells

October 16, 2020

So So many memories growing up with Sandra and Deborah in the neighborhood. The obituary says it all and more. I remember Lucian and boys in neighborhood working every night working on his race car, Susie taking all the kids to the racetrack, Lucian and Susie were the neighborhood parents for all of us kids. Us kids could not sneak out of house on a slumber parties only to get out of the window to see Susie standing there. Even after growing up you could count on them to still be in our lives from watching my kids and even my grandkids. Lucian is the reason i
grew up to love race cars, after all us kids grew up and moved away i was going to local racetracks and moved up to having my own automotive shop to be a sponsor to a local race car, Than went to Nascar tracks i would every Sunday to have a nascar party at my house. Gosh i knew before writing i did not know where to start are when to stop. The obituary the family wrote again really says it all. My condolences to the family. Lucian rest in peace.
Sheila

Melissa Prinz

October 16, 2020

Susie, I have so many good memories of Lucian flowing through my mind--watching him work quick in the pit, ready with a big smile, but also don't mess with his kids on the track! Until I can give you a big hug in person, know I am sending my love to you, Eddy, Sandra, Deborah and the grandkids~

Shirley Stewart

October 15, 2020

Dear Susie and family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lucian will be greatly missed. The car stories and races up and down Congress Avenue I know are being discussed . The laughs and joys are flowing between the two great friends who did the racing to out run the police. Love you all.

Tavo Hellmund

October 15, 2020

To Momma Susie, Eddy, Sandra and Deborah,
When I was a little boy, my grandfather told me to always remember that the way you judge the success of a man, is by the quality of the relationship he has with his wife, family and friends. With that in mind, it's easy to say that your husband/dad was as successful as anyone could possibly be.
I will always remember him for his kind gentle side and also those damn strong hands!!!
He was one of the nicest people I've ever known and may he rest in peace.
Blessings to this sweet family during this difficult time.
Fondly,
Tavo

Richard Peavey

October 15, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories wit the Wallace family, but two with Lucian stand out:
More than thirty years ago, I was helping him hammer down the roof on his new barn, tapping away on a nail. With two swings, one to set the nail, the other to drive it home, Lucian looked over and said, with gusto and a big grin, “Hit it like you live!” That was Lucian, strong, sure, full of life and purpose, joyous.
Years later, I blew an engine in my old Chevy pickup. Lucian found a Camaro engine for it, and invited me on a Saturday to do the work. All morning long, we took the old engine out, breaking midday for lunch. All afternoon, we put the new engine in. I say we, but it was really all Lucian, as I knew nothing of cars and often handed him the wrong part or wrench. He was so patient and good-natured about it. In the evening, he handed me the key and said, “See if she starts!” As the engine roared to life, I felt as if I’d assisted DeBakey doing a heart transplant.
Lucian had a talent. For engines, for patience, for generosity, for honest dealing, for friendship, for straight-up decency. I feel so much gratitude for having known him and calling him friend.

Nicole Ward (Garza)

October 15, 2020

Mrs. Susie and family,
We are so sad to see the passing of Lucian. He was a great man. Dustin and I both remember him fondly. We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and we send you all our love.

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