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Star: Ralph Wallis

Ralph Wallis III was born and raised on a farm in Phoenix, Oregon and has the distinction of being the only Oregonian in his family. Growing up on a farm, he learned the value of hard work, making due with what you have and lending a helping hand to your neighbors.

After graduating from St. Mary’s High School, Ralph served in the U.S Army Reserve as a combat medic. In 1989, his unit was part of a large-scale combat operation in South Korea.

Other than a five-year adventure of owning and running a restaurant in Portland, Oregon with his sister, Ralph has spent fourteen years in beverage wholesale and ten years in the financial industry. He is the Black Oak Branch Manager of Banner Bank and is excited to be representing them in this year’s Dancing with the Rogue Valley Stars.

Ralph is the proud parent of a six-year-old English springer spaniel, Ellie, and spends his free time at a family cabin at Lake of the Woods or getting in a round of golf. He hopes being left handed and having two left feet will be a distinct advantage against this field of competitors.

His performance is dedicated to his father, Ralph Sr., who passed away in January after a battle with chronic leukemia and Alzheimer’s disease. He would have gotten a big kick out this event, and is sure to be watching from the front row.

Dance partner and bio coming soon!