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Building Fire

Brethren of Horace W. Tyler and Evergreen Lodges, Ladies and Gentlemen of Tyler Chapter and Bethel 32,

There has been a fire that damaged portions of the west (back) side of the Tyler temple building.   The UP Fire Department was alerted to the fire at approximately 9:30pm last night, Aug 30 to smoke emanating from the Temple.  The fire department broke into the upstairs and downstairs main doors on the north side of the building and put out the fire located in the ceiling rafters of the mechanical room on the west side first floor.  The fire also flowed out into the rafters above the first floor hallway.  Other than the rafters, the fire damage pokes through slightly into the second floor near the top of the stairwell.   While the Fire Marshall has made some preliminary assessments and collected forensic evidence, the investigation is not complete and the Marshall will be consulting with the Pierce County Sherriff’s office.  They directed us to stay out of the mechanical room until further notice.  We expect to get more information on Tuesday.

I was the first to be alerted by the Pierce County Fire Marshall today, Aug 31 at 1:30am.  The Marshall then called Bro Charles Covington (building manager and nearest member) while I alerted WB Rufus Allen (Templeboard President) and WM Steve Turner.  We all arrived at the temple soon after and were briefed by the fire department.  By then, a company called by the fire department was boarding up the doors that were broken through.  Consequently, any entrance into the building is currently limited to the East side door, which now has a hasp and new lock on it.

Concordant bodies should make preparations to meet at alternate locations this coming week.  Use of the building could be soon, but it depends at a minimum, on the completion of the investigation.  But there is also cleanup, water damage, smoke odor, door replacement, and possible electrical damage that must be dealt with in addition to repairing the direct fire damage.   WM Steve Turner is alerting our insurance company in the morning.

I will put out updates as more information becomes available.   If you have questions or concerns, contact the Templeboard President WB Rufus Allen or myself as Templeboard and Lodge Secretary.

Since I don’t have all emails of all the members of Evergreen Lodge, Tyler Chapter, or Bethel 32, representatives of those organizations should forward this email.

While this is certainly bad news for all of us, we can be thankful that nobody was hurt and that there were alert folks in the apartments nearby that reported the fire and it was put out at a an early stage.

In the Faith,

Bud Truitt
Secretary, Horace W. Tyler Lodge and Tyler Templeboard

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New this year, the Lodge participated in the Duck Daze Parade with the City of University Place. We walked the parade with a banner, furnished by Bro. Charles Covington, and had a booth set up. Many people stopped by to talk and learn about the craft. A picture of a few of the Brothers.


We’ll also have a table set up at the University Place Sun Fest on August 2nd at Cirque Park, 7250 Cirque Dr. West.


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May Trestleboard

The newest edition of the Trestleboiard has been posted! It is available for download in the Trestleboard archives or you can read it on the page.


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2014 Elected Officers


The 2014 Officers were elected in November and installed in December. Worshipful master this year, for the third time, is Steve Turner. Sr. Warden Gary Grahn, Jr Warden Charles Covington. Come to the Lodge and help them have a successful year. W.B. Turner has a lot of plan on the board.


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September Stated!


We’ve had a wonderful summer of sunshine. The time is drawing close to resuming our labor in the Lodge. Tuesday September 10th is our next stated meeting. Please attend and learn about the many repairs that have been accomplished on the Temple as well as catch up with the brothers you’ve missed over the summer!

See you there!


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Widows’ Brunch

This past Memorial Day, the brothers from Horace W. Tyler held our annual Widows’ Brunch. This year it was held at the Spring Lake Cafe in Fircrest. W.B. Dick Taylor provided roses for the widows and took some pictures.




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May 2013 Trestleboard


I’ve uploaded the newest edition of our trestleboard to the Trestleboard Page. Its a full 5 pages this time! The downloadable version has the extra information in addition to what is viewable on the page.


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Calendar Upgrade


I have changed the website calendar to Google Calendar. You can now add events directly from our lodge calendar to your own Google Calendar or sync the entire building calendar with your own calendar. If you’d like more information on syncing the entire calendar, email me. If you’d like to add an event to your own calendar, click the event and select “add to my calendar.”

See you tonight! 2nd Degree Conferral!


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February Trestleboard


I have posted the newest edition of the Trestleboard on the Trestleboard page for your enjoyment.


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James T. Truitt, Sr


It is my heartbreakingly sad duty to report the death of my own beloved father and Past Master of Tyler Lodge James T. Truitt, Sr.  Dad passed early morning on Wednesday January 30 from respiratory and heart failure.  He fought for every last breath as he loved life dearly.  Nevertheless he spoke of joining his lord while bidding his family goodbye.  I will miss him greatly as I know many of you will too.  The Lodge was his home outside of home for many years now, the location of many family events as well as Masonic events.  Consequently we are conducting his memorial at the lodge.  Here are the services information.  The Memorial Service will include a Masonic Service and the Committal Service will be a military salute.  You are invited to attend any or all of it:

Viewing:  Tues, Feb 5, 9-11am at Edwards Funeral Home, 3005 Bridgeport in UP
Memorial Service and reception:  Tues, Feb 5, 12 noon at Tyler Lodge, 2530 Grandview Drive W
Committal Service:  Wed, Feb 6, 1 pm at Tahoma National Cemetary, 18600 Southeast 240th Street in Kent, WA  (please have your vehicle in line by 1 pm for the procession to the committal service site)

His obituary will be published in the Tacoma News Tribune on Sunday.  His complete obituary and a place for recording your memories of dad is online at  Below is the complete obituary.   Please feel free to pass this on to other brothers outside of our lodge who may know him.  Thank you.

Yours in the Faith,

Bud Truitt
Horace W. Tyler Lodge #290

“Entered that temple, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens..”

James Truitt Sr

James T. Truitt Sr., age 84, passed away Weds Morning January 30th, 2013 about 2 am at Madigan Army Hospital after a five-hour valiant fight for more life than was meant to be.  He was surrounded by family and by an enormous outpouring of love.  He is survived by his wife and his great love Marilyn E. Truitt, his sons Edward R. Truitt and James T. (Bud) Truitt Jr., his grandsons Edward R. Truitt III, James T. (JT) Truitt III, David J. Truitt, Thomas T. Truitt, and his grandchild Justice M. Truitt, as well as a loving daughter-in-law Lynne Truitt and granddaughter-in-law Nicole Truitt, and his sister Brenda Damron.

He was former owner/photographer for Truitt/Seeley Photography Studio from 1983 – 1998 and previously spent 29 years in the US Air Force as a Photographer, retiring in 1977 as a Senior Master Sgt.  Many of his photos are included in Smithsonian collections.

He was a loving son, a brother, a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, deeply loved by all.  He was a photographer, artist, soldier, pilot, scout leader, Mason, Shriner, world traveler, teacher mentor, and much more, who touched many-many lives through his work, his volunteering, his interests, and his passions.

Like any one he had his shortcomings, but at his core he was a kind and generous man to all he knew. He was a great father who provided his wife and children many amazing experiences of a life well lived. He was loving grandfather who deeply cared for the well being of his progeny and did much to help their growth and development. He loved deeply and was deeply loved.

Viewing and Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 5 and Committal Service/Internment will be held on Wednesday, February 6.  The viewing on Tuesday will be from 9 to 11am at Edwards Funeral Home, 3005 Bridgeport Way W, University Place.  The Memorial Service starts Tuesday at 12 noon nearby at the Horace W. Tyler Lodge, 2530 Grandview Drive W followed by a reception in the lodge.  The Committal Service will be held on Wednesday at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 Southeast 240th Street, Kent, WA. Pleased have your vehicle lined up near the entrance by 1 pm in order to join the procession to the committal service.

Memories may be shared online via this website.  Cards may be sent to James T. Truitt Jr. at 9911 72nd ST S. W. Lakewood WA 98498. Flowers may be sent to Edwards Funeral Home, or in lieu of flowers. Donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in memory of James T. Truitt Sr.

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