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Jack F. Truitt, Former Associate Professor and Head of Accounting Department

October 01, 2018

Jack Franklin Truitt died Sept. 20, 2018, at his family home near Forestburg, Texas. Jack was born Nov. 23, 1942, in Defiance, Ohio. He was the second of four children of Jack Truitt and Juanita Jenaveve Russell Truitt of Knoxville, Tennessee. Jack loved sports. Besides running hurdles, he was an outstanding football player with the Oak Ridge (Tennessee) Wildcat high school team that won the state and national championships in 1958. He was always willing to accept a challenge.

Jack went to North Texas State University (University of North Texas) in 1961 with a full football scholarship. There he married Sharon Gael Truitt on Dec. 22, 1961. Jack's strong academic interests in accounting and economics led to a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1963 and a Master of Business Administration in 1967 at NTSU. He was president and vice-president of Beta Alpha Psi, the professional accounting fraternity, and recipient of the NTSU Beta Pi Chapter Athletic Scholarship. After a year with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and company, he returned to academia to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in accountancy at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1975. At the same time, he taught accounting for Southern Illinois University, the University of Illinois, and military personnel in the Master of Business Administration programs for the Military Air Command.

After a year as head of the University of Idaho Accounting Department, Jack moved to Washington State University in nearby Pullman, Washington, where he continued to teach managerial and financial accounting. He published academic articles and participated in professional accounting, finance and accounting history organizations; and was honored in Who's Who in Finance and Industry. He served in the Faculty Senate until he retired in 1994 to return to Texas.

For 12 summers, Jack and Sharon enjoyed owning and operating the Top of the World Store located on the Wyoming/Montana border. Jack spent many summer days hiking to nearby mountain lakes to fly fish for trout. Teaching at the University of Idaho allowed Jack to indulge his lifetime interest in farming. He raised winter wheat and barley on his farm at the base of Moscow Mountain north of Moscow.

In 1994, Jack and Sharon moved their farming equipment by rail to their current farm northwest of Forestburg where they breed and sell registered black Angus cattle in the rolling hills and woods of Forestburg. The area is reminiscent of their Moscow farm – but much warmer.

After 56 years of marriage, Jack is survived by his wife, Sharon; and children, Jack Coleman Truitt (wife, Cindy Kay Stewart Truitt) of Oak Point, Texas, and Catherine Calero Truitt Castle (husband, Danial Thomas Castle) of Fort Collins, Colorado; and seven grandchildren, Slade Haake Castle, Wynd Abigael Castle, Leifur Hayden Castle, Milena Elaine Castle, Canyon Serena Castle, Ceri Calero Castle, and Saxon Thomas Castle of Fort Collins; brother, Richard Lee Truitt; and niece, Carmen Susanne Truitt Agouridis (husband, John Agouridis) of Lexington, Kentucy; and nephew, Michael Lee Truitt (wife, Dinielle Browning Truitt) of Knoxville, Tennessee; sisters, Sandra Jean Truitt LaCour of Protem, Missouri, and Nancy Gail Truitt Williams of San Tan Valley, Arizona; and nieces, Julie Ann Williams Mullikin (husband, Thomas Owen Mullikin) of Little Ferry, New Jersey, and Trudy Jean Williams Walgrove of Rochester, New York: and nephew, Roy Henry Williams Jr. (wife, Wendy Williams) of Rochester.

There will be a family memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Dr. Jack F. Truitt Scholarship Fund at the College of Business and Economics, Office of the Dean, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164.

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