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James T. Truitt, Sr

Posted by on February 1, 2013


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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