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In memoriam: Ben Waller

Ben Waller
M.G. "Ben" Waller, UC Cooperative Extension advisor emeritus passed away on March 6. He was 86.

Waller was a long time 4-H youth advisor for San Joaquin County. Even as a youth, he was active in 4-H and was named as a California Diamond Star Winner in 1947. Waller was one of the first three Californians to serve as state instructors for 4-H shooting sports. Bob McNulty, 4-H advisor in Sutter County, received his certification in shotgun; Wally Tyler, 4-H advisor in Shasta County, was certified as a rifle instructor; and Waller became certified as an archery instructor. They planned and implemented the first California 4-H YDP Shooting Sports Training Workshop in 1984 in Stockton to train 4‑H adult volunteers and staff.

After he retired, Waller volunteered with 4-H programs and served on the San Joaquin County 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees.  

Waller was preceded in death by his wife Judy, who was a 4-H volunteer, and son Timothy, who was working for UC Cooperative Extension when he died in 1985. Waller is survived by his second wife Donna, daughter Mardy White (Dean), son Michael Waller (Bonnie), and three grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Judy Waller Memorial Fund or Tim Waller 4-H Memorial Scholarship Fund through UC Cooperative Extension in San Joaquin County.

To read Waller's full obituary, visit http://www.recordnet.com/article/20160315/OBITUARIES/303159995.

Posted on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 12:56 PM

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