Wallace Murray Perrine


May 15, 2024

Wallace Murray Perrine, age 79, of Great Falls, MT passed away on December 30, 2023

following a brief illness. Wally, the oldest child of Richard Sears Perrine and Helen Bailey

McGregor Perrine, was born March 7, 1944 in Lewistown, MT. Wally attended school in Hobson,

MT, graduating in 1962.

Wally joined the Montana Air National Guard in 1965, where his training in data processing

systems started his lifelong career in computing. While working for the Anaconda Company

where they were both employed, Wally met his first wife Rosalie Olson. They married in 1967,

welcoming their first son Michael in 1968. Son Mitchell was born in 1972, and Wally graduated

from Boise State University in 1974. The family moved to Kennewick, WA, where daughter

Michelle was born in 1977. They lived on a small farm raising livestock. Wally's early career took

him on many adventurous international travels, while later he started his own business and

worked as a consultant.

Wally married Diana Spragg in Great Falls in 2008. Wally and Diana enjoyed traveling the world

together and participating in community events in the area, including parades with the horse

drawn carriages they restored together. Always one to stay busy, in his later years Wally drove

bus for the school system and local sports teams. He also enjoyed attending rodeos and

spending time with his extended family.

Wally is survived by his children Michael Perrine (Sherry), Mitchell Perrine, and Michelle

McHargue (Reese), grandchildren Hailey Depo, Asia Perrine, and Zander Perrine, and siblings

Joyce Tesarek, Mick Perrine, Wanda Peterson (Lawrence), Joanne Rowland (Dean), and Kent

Perrine (Kathy), brother-in-law Ken Ronish, and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and


Wally was preceded in death by wife Diana Spragg, siblings William Perrine and June Ronish,

brother-in-law Keith Tesarek, and grandson Devin Bergman Perrine.

There will be a Memorial Service for Wally on Saturday July 13th at 11:00 a.m. at Philbrook

Cemetery in Hobson, MT, followed by a gathering at the Utica Women's Club


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