Herman "Bud" Wallmark
December 7, 1924 - May 28, 2017
Keizer - Herman "Bud" Wallmark, longtime resident of Portland and Salem, died Sunday. He was 92. Bud Wallmark was an award winning Arizona high school musician, playing viola in the orchestra and bass saxophone in the band. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1943. Testers were amazed with the results of his auditory tests until they learned he was a musician with perfect pitch. They knew where he was most needed - as a sonar operator aboard a mine sweeper. He was involved in six major engagements until his ship, the USS Palmer DMS-5 was sunk during the American liberation of the Philippines in 1945. He always said that his years playing a wind instrument gave him the lung capacity to survive his submersion during the sinking of the ship. After the war he married, raised five children, and worked in petroleum infrastructure construction. His laugh was loud and infectious. He enjoyed joking with his family and friends and considered himself a lucky man. Bud is survived by his wife of fifty-two years, Cynthia, his five children, eight grandchildren, and fifteen great grandchildren. The family is planning a family-only celebration of his life at a future date. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.