Robert T. "Doc" Wallendorff


October 25, 2017

Robert T. "Doc" Wallendorff, 86, of Rock Springs passed away Oct. 19, 2017, at Deer Trail Assisted Living in Rock Springs.

He was born on Oct. 11, 1931, in Cedaredge, Colo., the son of Grant W. and Jean Denton Wallendorff.

He married Geanie Greeman Wallendorff in Taos, N.M., Nov. 24, 1952. Wallendorff was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Community.

Wallendorff, or "Doc" as he is known by most, moved to Rock Springs in 1967. He served as the High School Principal from 1967 to 1976. In 1976, he assumed the position of associate superintendent of schools for Sweetwater County School District No. 1 until he retired in 1994. 

Throughout his tenure. Doc was instrumental in hiring teachers, coaches, and administrators. He cared deeply about the success of all of the students he had the privilege to serve. Doc had a passion for all activities and sporting events. He believed it's all about the kids, not just in sports but also in the music programs, drama, and art. It's the camaraderie the students experience and the confidence they gain which translates to success in the classroom. 

He served on the Board of Control of the Wyoming High School Athletics Association where he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  He also was awarded the Living Memorial Award given by the Retired School Employees Association. The Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation honored him as Wyoming's greatest football fan.

During his time in Rock Springs, Doc served the community of Rock Springs as a volunteer for Special Olympics including President of Wyoming Special Olympics for two years. He helped organize the youth football and wrestling programs that are still in existence today. Doc was President of the Rock Springs Police Commission for 10 years.

He also served on the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County Board of Trustees for 10 years.

He continued to be an avid supporter of Rock Springs High School activities and programs.

He loved the community of Rock Springs. Doc was grateful for the recognition and acknowledged the many students, parents, teachers, coaches, and administrators that supported him during his 27 years in the Rock Springs School system and 49 years in the Rock Springs community.

Survivors include his wife Geanie Wallendorff of Rock Springs; three sons, Mel Wallendorff and wife Kim, Robert  T. "Cieto" Wallendorff II and wife Dodie, all of Rock Springs, and Larry Wallendorff and wife Julie of Loveland, Colo .; six grandchildren, Brad Wallendorff and wife Stephanie, Mandy Stevens and husband Andy, Trevor Zancanella and wife Jayla, Matt Wallendorff, Jill Arquelles and husband Richard and Marty Evans and wife Bertha; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jeffry Scott Wallendorff; three brothers, Raymond, Wayne and Lawrence; one grandson, Mark Evans. A Mass of Christian burial took place Wednesday. The family will receive relatives and friends at 3507 Santa Ana in Rock Springs or 1019 Wood Haven Drive in Rock Springs.

The family of Dr. Robert T. "Doc" Wallendorff respectfully suggests that donations in his memory be made to Hospice of Sweetwater County.

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