Wayne Paul Alley

July 27, 1938June 22, 2012

OBITUARY FOR WAYNE PAUL ALLEY Wayne Paul Alley was born on July 27th, 1938 in Shattock, Oklahoma, the son of Woodrow and Avah (Boby) Alley. His family settled in Oceanside, CA, where his father was a paint contractor for many years. Wayne and his brother worked for their Dad's business.

Wayne graduated from Oceanside High School, where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame. He graduated from Oceanside-Carlsbad Jr. College. He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkley, Master of Science from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D from the University of Michigan. Wayne and Lillian Marie Porter were married on August 10th, 1963. They were still happily married at the time of his passing on June 22, 2012. His life-long career was spent at California State University, Los Angeles's Department of Biology, and was given the Emeritus Status at his retirement. Wayne was also a founding member of the Desert Fishes Council and worked in Desert Tortoise research. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Marie Alley, daughter, Lana Elaine Alley, son, Glen Ronald Alley, grandson, Bradley William Alley, granddaughter, Ava Sophia Alley. He is also survived by brother, Woodrow Valgene Alley, and sister, Sandra Faye Alley Scheafer.

He had a great sense of humor and was known as "Mr. Lovable". Wayne loved animals and they loved him. He made sure his children and grand children got loving and instructive attention. Knowing and loving him has made all our lives so much better. ---UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN IN HEAVEN--- -Lillian, wife

My dad has passed away and I'm going to miss him very much. Our personalities and life views were so similar that we've always had a special understanding of one another. Most of the time this was good, but it also meant that there were some clashes. They were life-lessons that helped me to learn more about him and myself - I wouldn't trade the conflicts for anything.

The greatest gift he gave me was the appreciation for nature. We would hike the local foothills and this was our "bonding" time. While enjoying the surroundings we would talk about the different things in our lives. He would tell me about the time he spent with my Mom before I was born and as he talked, it was never more evident the love and respect he had for her. Since then, I've come to associate his love for her with those hikes. -Lana, daughter My memories are strongest with the times I spent with you as a child. Some of the wonderful things that we did together include: Walking on the railroad tracks, Indian Guides, Playing Soccer and kicking the ball, Playing Badminton, Taking hikes and sampling the local creeks, Going to the tide pools, Collecting plankton behind the sailboat, Playing basketball, Going to CSULA with you, Eating lunch with you in your office, Being part of your class and so many more good times. THANK YOU! -Glen, son We had a lot of good memories together: road trips across the country, hikes at nearby Eaton Canyon, all sorts of school trips and projects while I was growing up. YOU WERE THE BEST GRANDPA A KID COULD ASK FOR. I AM REALLY GOING TO MISS YOU! -Bradley, grandson

I liked Grandpa Wayne because he used to tease me and he let me tickle his back. We had a lot of fun playing outside when he wasn't sick. He went to be with Jesus and I miss him! -Ava, granddaughter


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Debi Long

August 12, 2012

I just want to add a line to let Wayne Paul's family know that my heart goes out to them. When I was a little girl I was in his parents' home a lot because my parents (Ben & Ada Long) were close friends of Woodrow & Boby. The past few days Wayne Paul has been on my mind & I was so sorry to discover he had passed away. He was always so nice to me & treated me like his little sister.

Joseph Huang

August 5, 2012


I was really shocked to learn about Wayne's passing. He was my first best friend in the US. I still vividly remember the great time we had together in Ann Arbor. You made me feel at home and became my American family right away. As you know, I had wanted to come to see him as soon as I heard about his illness. Nancy and I are still planning on coming to visit with you and your family.

Would you be available around August 28? I wrote you an email a month ago, but have not heard back from you.


Joe and Nancy

Maria Alley

July 27, 2012

Wayne was my father-in-law for 15 years. I remember the moment that I walked into his home as his daughter-in-law for the first time. He hugged me and said to me, “welcome home daughter”. For more than half my life he was a father to me. I am honored and blessed to have had him in my and my son's (Bradley, his grandson) lives. He gave to his family unselfishly. He encouraged and supported us all in obtaining our goals and dreams. Thank you Wayne; for always being there for me and making me a part of your family. I miss you.

Jan Cullor

July 20, 2012

July 2012

Dearest Lillian, Lana, Glen, Ava

It's hard to know just what to say
When someone dear to us passes away.
We have our loved one for just a while
Then God calls him to heaven where
He goes with a smile
To help Him tend His flock above
To coach the little ones and embrace with love
Those who are waiting with smiles and hugs,
Leaving us with hearts full of memories that tug.

So god has a plan to help those who are left
That we may not fell so totally bereft.
Our family and friends in our time of sorrow
Are there to help us with each tomorrow.

Jan Cullor

July 18, 2012

Lillian and family. So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. When Barb and I were visiting next door, it was always a highlight to talk across the wall with him. He was so kind and intelligent. We always appreciated our parents having the best possible neighbors in Wayne and Lillian.

Dave & Barb Pulley Missoula, Montana

Carrie Firestone

July 16, 2012

Lillian, Lana and Glen - I read with sadness in the paper of Wayne's passing. I'll always remember his kindness in allowing me to spend so much time with you when I was a teenager. I remember fondly the trip on the sailboat, where I spent most of the time in open water sleeping so I wouldn't get seasick. I've thought of you all fondly through the years. God's peace be with you in your time of sorrow. My condolences to all of you.

Steve Pulley

July 16, 2012

Wayne Alley's passing has left a lot of us sorely bereft and wishing with heart and soul that he hadn't moved on quite so soon.

Wayne and Lillian were favorite next door neighbors of my family for decades, and many were the times when my dad, Wayne and I would gather our respective outdoor chairs and sit on the front porch in the late afternoon and turn an ordinary day into a memorable one. Conversations were often varied, often distributed somewhere between the sacred and the profane, with a fairly equal smattering of the germane along with the mundane. Wayne's sharp wit, remarkable stories, and good humor were always a highlight. We used to laugh so loud that other neighbors would stick their noses out their front doors and wonder what the heck was going on. And if we weren't trading bon mots on the porch, it was over the wall that separated our two properties.

Wayne and Lillian were both lights and good friends in our life, and in time of need they outdid themselves to lend a helping hand. Better neighbors would be hard to find.

I sorely miss Wayne, and on behalf of other members of my family who knew him also, I extend prayers and heartfelt condolences to all of his family and wish Wayne Godspeed in the life hereafter.

Conce Rock

July 13, 2012

Our sincere condolences to all the family. Although our living in Alaska has kept us from knowing many of the family well, we met Lillian and heard of Wayne thru other family member at Aunt Peg and Uncle Glen's in Seattle. Our prayers are with you all. May you find comfort through the happy memories you created over the years. Wilson and Jake Cullor and Conce Rock

July 13, 2012

I'll miss him. my love to all the family Aunt Judy Paris(TEXAS Judy)

July 11, 2012

I just read Wayne's Obit and am so sorry to say that I forgot to mention that he was a Marine. He was so proud to have been in the Marines. Lillian Alley