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John A. Truett


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John A. Truett, 92, passed away on February 19, 2019.

He was born January 14,1927, at Artesia, New Mexico, to the parents of Jesse L. and Pearl Medlock Truett, who have preceded him in death along with brothers, Wayne S. Truett and Jesse L. Truett, Jr.

Survivors include sister-in-law Wanda Truett of Pharr, Texas; nephews Richard Michael Truett of Lovington, NM, Brenton Truett of Nashville, TN and Derek Truett of Horseshoe Bay, TX. Surviving nieces include Lisa Vargo of Grand Junction, CO, and Laura Mayo of Texas.

At the age of 17, John A. Truett enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving at the end of World War II in the Philippines and in Tokyo during the occupation of Japan. He received his Honorable Discharge at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in 1947.

He remained in California, earning a BBS degree from Woodbury University in Los Angeles, Calif, and enjoyed employment at Warner Bros. Studios, 20th Century Fox Studios, and an aerospace manufacturer Trans equip, Inc. and Minolta Corp.

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Upon retirement in 1989, he took residence in Roswell, NM, for his remaining years. During this time, John Truett renewed his hobby of creative writing, eventually turning out seven published books, mostly about New Mexico history. Being an established writer, he became a member of Western Writers of America and National Outlaw & Lawmen Assn.

In 1995 John Truett founded and was director of Roswell’s Writers Roundtable, a group of aspiring local writers who gathered monthly at the Roswell Public Library and later at New Mexico Military Institute. He also created and published a monthly newsletter for the organization.

During the last quarter of Roswell’s 2000 school year, he accepted a request to tutor a class of young aspiring writers at Monterrey Elementary School and created a monthly newsletter for that group, in which their stories were published.

Honoring John Truett’s request, there will be cremation but no funeral or memorial services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.

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