Charles ‘Wes’ Truman April 25, 1930 – Oct. 3, 2012

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Charles “Wes” Truman, 82, passed away Oct. 3, 2012 with Mozelle, his wife of 61 years, by his side. Wes was surrounded by loved ones present and by the prayers of those far away. He was dad to six, grandpa to 18 (plus many honorary grandchildren), and great-grandpa to four.

Wes was born April 25, 1930, in Elk City OK to Amaritta (Bearden) and Amos W. Truman. He had many fond memories of growing up on a farm with his brother and sisters. Wes and Mozelle were high-school sweethearts at Foster High School (OK), and married on March 8, 1951, in Oklahoma City. Wes served in the USAF, graduated from Central State College (OK) with a BS in Education, and later received an MS in Education from NAU. He was the first in his family to graduate high school and the only one to attend college.

Wes and Mozelle moved to Arizona in 1959 to teach at Lukachukai Boarding School and fell in love with people of the Navajo and Hopi tribes of northern Arizona. They later taught at Chilocco (OK) Indian School, Chinle, Payson, Tuba City, and San Manuel. Wes coached boys and girls sports, including football, basketball and baseball, at the junior high and high school levels. Wes impacted countless lives of students and athletes through his commitment to education, sportsmanship, and “walking the talk” of a faithful Christian man. Wes was a Mason for more than 30 years.

Survivors include children Randy (Charlene), Curt (Sally), Terri, Nancy (Charlie Ritchie), Carla and David (Jeannie). Wes was very proud that his children and grandchildren have earned 15 college degrees. Grandchildren include Christopher, Mark, Rachel (Neal), Andrea, Paul, Bill, Russell, Renee, Jacob, Daniel (Malorie), Will, Josh, Grace, Alyosha, Zhenya, Shawn (Jennifer), Joshua (Erin) and Anthony. Great-grandchildren are Jadon, Sebastian, Nikola and Owen.

End-of-life care was provided by Hospice of the Valley; we will be forever grateful for their kind and gentle support.

Services will be held Friday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m. at the National Memorial Cemetery (23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix – just north of 101) and 11 a.m. (followed by luncheon) at Westown Baptist Church, 11415 N. 35th Avenue – at Cholla, south of Cactus). Memorials to Hospice of the Valley or Westown are suggested in lieu of flowers.

Mozelle lives with (daughter) Carla Truman at:3113 W. Shangri La Rd., Phoenix AZ85029, 602/547-8952.

To comment on this article and others  visit the Copper Area News Facebook or send us an email at CBNSun@MinerSunBasin.com

admin (7657 Posts)


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Public Works Assesses San Manuel Storm Damage

    July 31st, 2015
    by

    FLORENCE – On Thursday, Pinal County Public Works crews spent their work day cleaning up and assessing the damage from Wednesday’s major monsoon storm that hit the town of San Manuel.


    Re-Confirmed: Nomination for Oak Flats Historic Site designation returned

    July 31st, 2015
    by

    This week Copper Area News received numerous phone calls from readers claiming that the nomination application for Oak Flats to become a historic site was not returned and was still under


    Gosar, Kirkpatrick weigh in against Oak Flats on National Register of Historic Places

    July 31st, 2015
    by

    The letter below was sent to the Keeper of the Record at the National Parks Service by Arizona Congressmen Paul Gosar and Ann Kirkpatrick urging the Keeper to send back an


    Kearny police officer arrested in Tucson

    July 30th, 2015
    by

    On Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at approximately 2:15 p.m., Kearny Police Officer Gonzalo Mata was arrested on Domestic Violence/Stalking charges.


  • Stories Just For You

    Grover ‘G.C.’ Fairchild Jr.

    January 8th, 2014
    by

    Grover (G.C.) Fairchild, Jr., of San Manuel, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. G.C. was born in Winnsboro, Louisiana, […]


    Abner Lavell Martin

    January 8th, 2014
    by

    Abner Lavell Martin, 89, passed away Dec. 8, 2013 at his home in Central, Arizona, surrounded by his loving family. […]


    Lola Wright McGovern (Cardell)

    January 8th, 2014
    by

    Lola Wright McGovern (Cardell) gave up this earthly life in the early morning of Jan. 1, 2014, after a brave […]


    Gary Smith

    January 8th, 2014
    by

    Memorial services for Gary Smith, 54, will be held at Griffith Mortuary Chapel in Kearny on Jan. 10, 2014 at […]


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather