The valley lost a broadcasting legend.
Former CBS47 anchor John Wallace passed away Monday morning, March 27th, after a battle with emphysema.
John started in broadcasting back in the 70s, first in radio, doing sports. And then moving into a role that brought him into our homes every day.
He was the voice and the presence behind the anchor desk.
John Wallace spent more than 40 years keeping the valley informed.
"You're looking at the view above the 41-180 interchange, the view from Eagle 47," John narrated over news footage.
A man with an innate curiosity for current events. And a true connection with people.
"You're on your Stair Master and you can't wait to get to that exercise interview segment," he joked during a segment on 47 This Morning.
While viewers were familiar with his work on camera, they may not have realized how much he gave off camera.
He spent four decades working with the Bulldog Foundation at Fresno State, fundraising, and serving as president and then Chairman of the Board of the Bulldog Foundation.
"He was a great Bulldog fan, always so positive, always with a sense of humor," said friend and fellow Bulldog Foundation member Pat Ogle.
Ogle says John volunteered hundreds of hours of his time.
"Clovis is losing a great, great citizen and so is Fresno County," Ogle said.
John also served on the board of West Care and donated his time and talents to Valley Children's Hospital, where two of his daughters received treatment.
In a live interview segment with two of his daughters, John said: "I have never done this before in my time on tv, kissed an interviewee. These are my daughters Paige and Cameron. Two of the graduates who've made it through Valley Childrens Hospital with a clean bill of health. Love you guys very, very much."
John Wallace was 71 years old.
Funeral services for John have not yet been announced.