John Troutwine passed away Dec. 14, 2012, at home. He was 92.
There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. March 9, 2013, at The Love Building in Condon Park, 660 Minnie St., Grass Valley, Calif.
John Troutwine Jr. was born Dec. 27, 1919, in Sacramento, Calif., to John and Augusta Troutwine. He was raised in Auburn, Calif., where he assisted his parents in running the family service station. He also attended Placer High School and Placer Junior College, which later became Sierra College. He joined the Naval Reserve and trained as a pilot. When the U.S. entered World War II, he served as a flight instructor for fighter pilots in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Pensacola, Fla. Later in the war, he served on the carrier USS Nehenta Bay in the South Pacific, where he fought at Tinian, Saipan and Guam.
After the war, he met and married Kerry Luhta in New York City. John and Kerry lived on the Island of Guam and in Coronado, Calif., before he retired as a lieutenant commander from the Navy. They then moved to Nevada County, where they ran a garage and service station, where they sold Packard cars until 1956. The Packard sign can still be seen on the same building that now houses Packard Discount Carpet.
In the 1960s John and Kerry obtained their real estate brokers licenses and opened Troutwine Real Estate on the corner of South Auburn and Main streets, in Grass Valley, where Cousin Jack Pasties now stands. They sold homes and properties to folks in the area until 1975, when they semi-retired to manage their properties.
John is survived by his children, Jack Troutwine and Linda Derick.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Kerry, and his youngest son, Craig.