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Wendall Brian Galland, 61

| May 7, 2021 1:00 AM

Wendall Brian Galland passed away in his home in Middleton, Idaho, on April 23, 2021, at the age of 61. Wendall was diagnosed in 2017 with a rare genetic brain disorder, Cerebellar Ataxia. Wendall was surrounded by his loving, feline companions and true loves Monkey, Lucy and Paisley. Wendall's wife, Pennie, and his son and daughter were also present to shower him with love during his passing.

Wendall is predeceased by his father, Alan Galland.

Wendall is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Pennie Galland. Wendall and Pennie were married in Hayden Lake, Idaho, on Sept. 28, 1985.

Wendall is lovingly remembered by his mother, Florence; his children Taylor (Nicole), Katie (Seth), Chasity (Kevin) and Emily (Alan); grandchildren Kara, Karissa, Juna, Temple, Riley, Kyrie, Carter, Peyton, Alyssa, Joey, LilyAna and Axel; brothers Wesley and Wayne; sisters Wendy and Wanda; sister-at-heart, Kammy; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Wendall was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on March 26, 1960, and graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1978. Wendall grew up in Northern Idaho. Wendall, Wayne, and cousins Dennis, Leroy and Leon, grew up as "curious and rambunctious" young men, who stayed completely out of trouble … except when they got caught.

Wendall grew up with a love for fast cars and motorcycles. On a Friday night, Wendall might be found on Sherman Avenue raising cane and playing cat and mouse with local law enforcement in his 1968 Camaro. Wendall loved to work in construction with his father, Alan. At the age of 19, Wendall suffered a tragic motorcycle accident which resulted in doctors believing he would never walk again. Wendall battled back to live the next few decades on his feet.

After the accident, Wendall played hard and worked harder in Stateline, Idaho. Wendall loved the people he worked with and met from Stateline. During his time in Stateline, Wendall met and fell in love with Pennie (lucky son of a gun!). Wendall not only fell in love with Pennie, but her little girl, Katie, and son, Taylor, who would in time refer to Wendall as a dad. Wendall soon moved his new family to Post Falls, Idaho.

After marriage his family continued to grow with the birth of the "Golden Child," Emily, and the adoption of daughter Chasity. While living in Post Falls, Wendall would build houses and spend winter behind a snow plow with his brother, Wayne, and their partner, Mike Froemming.

Eventually he moved to the Boise area to pursue his love of building. Wendall was proud when Tuscany Homes broke into the Top 10 Builders in Idaho. Wendall, soon after, helped his son, Taylor, with a framing company where they built various homes in the Treasure Valley, including the home his wife and daughter's family still live in today.

Those who knew Wendall loved him for his contagious laugh and relentless sense of humor. Unless you worked with him, then you were "instructed," or given "constructive criticism" on your pace and quality of work on a project. Wendall would always remind you a dollar was waiting on a dime, and you needed to push it, pull it, twist it, tap it, or "just give me that, because my grandmother swung a hammer harder than you.”

Wendall was a longtime, armchair Republican, who was often categorized as being one of the poorest Republicans on earth. After Trump lost the 2020 election, Wendall's health deteriorated rapidly and many believe he died due to a broken heart.

Although humor is found in this, one thing Wendall was serious about was his love for his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Wendall was "Papa" through and through. When it came to his grandchildren, the word "no" did not exist. Wendall could spend hours playing dolls with his granddaughters or playing trains and reading books with his grandsons. When it came to the grandchildren ice cream was suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

At the request of Wendall a service will not be held, but if you would like to offer condolences or send flowers they may be sent to 8473 Irie Lane, Middleton, ID 83644.