August 29, 2019
Throughout his vibrant life, Jay Truitt could be found in three places: following his passions on the golf course, watching a basketball game or sneaking a piece of pie. The Worthington native was a pillar in the community and no task was too small for the 93-year old, who despite being retired for almost 30 years, continued to work with the local youth sharing his passion for sports. Jay was lovingly referred to as “grandad”, even to those of no relation.
John Thomas “Jay” Truitt, age 93, of Marysville, formerly of Worthington, died unexpectedly Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Marysville. A 1944 graduate of Worthington High School, Jay found his competitive spirit by representing the Cardinals in four sports: football, basketball, golf and track. As a senior, the starting guard led the team to the basketball state championship runner-up finish. Jay’s athletic pursuits continued at Otterbein College. He, along with his older brother Frank, founded the Cardinal golf team. A veteran of the United States Navy, Jay completed his degree receiving a Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1950. Despite no longer wearing the Cardinal name, Jay reached his pinnacle of success on the links as the 1957 Columbus District Open Golf Champion. He was a member and past president of York Golf Club and was also a York Golf Club Champion.
Jay was active in the Worthington community as a member and Past Worshipful Master of York Lodge No. 563 F. & A.M. He founded the Cardinal Booster Club and inspired young athletes on the football field and basketball court as coach. Many spotted him in the stands at high school basketball games, while others interacted with him as he took tickets. Jay spent the latter part of his life staying connected to the sport as the OHSAA basketball tournament scorekeeper.
Next to the Lord and his family, golfing and basketball were the loves of his life. Jay was a former member of Worthington United Methodist Church where he served as a youth director and taught Sunday school. Jay and his wife attended Marysville Grace Church.
A longtime associate of Wyeth Labs, Jay was a pharmaceutical sales representative throughout central Ohio. During his retirement, he worked in the paint department at McAuliffe’s Ace Hardware in Marysville. Every May, Jay worked countless hours at The Memorial Tournament as a volunteer, a post he held since the inaugural event in 1976. He was known as a quiet leader, a consummate competitor, kind-hearted, but more importantly, he was the family dog whisperer.
Jay was born June 18, 1926 in Franklin County, Ohio to the late Frank and Charlotte Hook Truitt. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Evelyn Dawson, Frank Truitt, Jr. and Frances Truitt Bonthius. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Phyllis Henderson Truitt, whom he married June 10, 1951 at Worthington Methodist Church; his daughter, Gayle Truitt-Bean of Clarion, Pennsylvania; his son, Tom (Susan) Truitt of Marysville; his grandchildren, Greg Bean of Meadville, Pennsylvania, Erin (Evan Halteman) Bean of Wesley Chapel, Florida, Carly Truitt and Kevin (Alex Rhodes) Truitt, both of Marysville; a sister-in-law, Kay Truitt of Upper Arlington; a brother-in-law, Jack (Betty) Henderson of Spring Lake, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Underwood Funeral Home, 703 East Fifth Street, Marysville. A memorial service celebrating Jay’s life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Marysville Grace Church, 17240 Amrine-Wood Road, Marysville.