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Long-time friendship, parallel lives

Jason R. Wallace and Alan J. DeMartini have been buddies since first grade.

Both grew up in Nevada City, went through school together, played sports together, went through Boy Scouts together and were always good friends.

They graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1999 and had their Eagle Scout Court of Honor together (they were among five boys to earn Eagle Scout rank in their troop that year).



When it came time for college, they went their separate ways, but always enjoyed seeing each other during the summer. DeMartini served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Chile, and Wallace served a mission in Philadelphia, speaking Spanish.

DeMartini went to Brigham Young University in Hawaii, earning a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. Wallace attended BYU in Provo, Utah.




When Wallace applied to medical school, DeMartini applied to pharmacy school; they ended up being accepted by the same university, though neither knew the other had applied. So, they were roommates for about two and a half years (Wallace got married) while attending Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif.

DeMartini graduated from Western University with a doctor of pharmacy degree May. He is serving a residency at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, Calif., and will become a third-generation pharmacist.

DeMartini is the son of David and Nancy DeMartini. David, a registered pharmacist, owns Spring Hill Pharmacy in Grass Valley; David’s father, James P. DeMartini, also a registered pharmacist, owned a pharmacy for many years in Nevada City and died 1983.

Alan DeMartini will marry Britta Larson on Saturday.

Wallace graduated in May with a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Western University of Medical Sciences, College of the Pacific of Osteopathic Medicine. He also was honored for being a member of Sigma Sigma Phi.

Wallace and his wife, Elsie, live in Greeley, Colo., and he is beginning his residency in family practice at the North Colorado Medical Center. He is hoping to return someday to Nevada County to establish a practice.

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