Born February 6, 1930 in Spokane, Wally was an only child to Blair and Cynthia Plowman.
He grew up in Spokane and graduated from Central Valley High School in 1948.
In grade school, he learned to play the oboe.
He attended Eastern Washington College of Education, which was interrupted by his National Guard Band activation during the Korean War in 1951.
He returned to EWCE and received his Bachelor of Education degree in 1953.
During this time, Wally married Georgiana Wallace on February 16, 1951.
Wally began teaching music to the entire Otis Orchards School District.
After East Valley School District was formed, he taught fifth grade exclusively at Otis Orchard Elementary School.
Overall, he taught for 29 years.
He retired in 1982.
From 1948 to 1962 he played oboe and English Horn in the Spokane Symphony.
He enjoyed model Lionel trains, which he took to schools even after retirement.
He was an active member of the Inland Empire Beekeeping Association.
He started keeping bees in 1953 and developed it into an overgrown hobby where he sold honey under the label “Pure Honey Farms”.
His grandson Greg will continue the honey business.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Georgiana; and three children, Gary (Stephanie) Plowman, Nancy (Steve) Miller, and Paul (Cindi) Plowman; and four grandchildren, Greg, Heather, Reid, and Marie Plowman.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 2 at 3:00 at Opportunity Presbyterian Church.
Interment is at Pines Cemetery, where he was President of the Board.
Donations can be made to Opportunity Presbyterian Church, EWU Music Department, or the Spokane Symphony.
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