Obituary: Bruce Charles Waltrip
Bruce Charles Waltrip died Jan. 23, 2012, in Truckee, California. Bruce was born on the Navy base in Cape Canaveral, Florida on January 30, 1946, to Margaret and J.C. Waltrip. Even as a newborn, medical issues challenged his survival, but not his spirit. Now that he has passed, it is his heart that will always be remembered. In no small way can his pride and love of his daughter, Julie, or his commitment to his mother, Maggie and siblings, Bonnie and Barry, be measured. He was a true family man.
Early in his life his parents moved to San Diego, California and then eventually to the Sacramento area where he grew up playing baseball, wrestling and participating in the band and other musical groups. He graduated from Mira Loma High School in 1964 and then attended American River College and Chico State, graduating in 1968. Moving to Lake Tahoe, Bruce put his business degree to work, taking a job at a bank in Kings Beach. But eventually Bruce found his true home and calling in Truckee. For a brief time he owned the Alta Hotel and dabbled in Real Estate until he started working for the Truckee Public Utility District in the 70’s.
Over the next 20 years Bruce made the most of his life. He was blessed with a daughter in 1978 and shared with her his love of life and the outdoors. Giving by nature, Bruce was a volunteer for the Truckee Fire Department, as well as Truckee’s Annual Wheelchair Tennis Tournament and advocated for the handicapped in his hometown.
When Bruce suffered from a paralyzing accident in 1989 and then later, complications from a stroke in 2010, he didn’t back down from life. As a great friend of his stated: and#8220;An individual of small stature became for so many of us an inspirational giant. He did not seek nor allow special consideration from his situation. Rather, he marched (rolled) onward with remarkable courage and determination. His sense of humor, razor sharp tongue and relentless wit will be sorely missed. Remember forever the glint in his eye when he twitched his mustache. Fly fast and#8211; Fly free and#8211; Soar with the angels my friend.and#8221;
A memorial service will be held at Bruce’s home in the Spring of 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Truckee Firefighters Charitable Fund Inc., P.O. Box 2768, Truckee, California, 96160, Attention: Laurie Belli.