John Truitt |

John Truitt

A luncheon in celebration of the life of John Shirley Truitt will be conducted on March 25 in Grass Valley. His ashes will be distributed in June near Bucks Lake.

Mr. Truitt died Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Grass Valley. He was 85.

He was born Oct. 17, 1920, in San Francisco. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and started his career in steel construction at Bethlehem Steel in Oakland. He eventually became a general contractor and owned and operated Truitt Construction Company Inc. in Oakland, later creating subsidiary companies of Jayco, Inc. and Truitt Metals, Inc., also in Oakland. He retired 20 years ago to Penn Valley. He was a member of the Ben Ali Shriners of Sacramento. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on small steel projects. He also enjoyed traveling to Bucks Lake, Borrego Springs and Death Valley, having lunch with the boys, sitting on the front porch with his wife, Jan, and watching the hummingbirds.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Jeanette Younce Stevens of Vacaville; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Joan Fenton Truitt of Dinuba; daughter and son-in-law, Noreen Truitt Isola and Al Isola of Castro Valley; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Sue Stevens Trost and Paul Trost of Vacaville; stepdaughter, Kate Walker of British Columbia, Canada; and grandchildren Diane Truitt Macaluso and Brian Macaluso of Lapworth, England, Jeanine Truitt Cornett and Scott Cornett of Kingsburg, Annie Truitt of Oakland, Jennifer Isola Wolf and Jeff Wolf of Oakland, and Elizabeth Isola of Hayward; great-grandchildren Isabella and Sofia Macaluso and Rylie Cornett; brother, Harrison Truitt Starr of Venice Beach; and numerous cousins, relatives and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norma Hutchison Truitt Starr and Shirley Masdeira Truitt; son, John Truitt Jr.; first wife, Arlene Alkire; second wife, Elizabeth Simcox Walker.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children-Northern California, 245 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, 95817.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary

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