Obituary: Wayne Douglas Trewhitt III |

Obituary: Wayne Douglas Trewhitt III


Wayne Douglas Trewhitt passed away at his home in Woodside, Calif., on Saturday, May 5, 2012. He was born on June 5, 1935 in San Francisco, and was raised in Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley High School, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.

On November 17, 1963, he married Joan Sterling. They were partners in every aspect of their lives. Wayne and Joan were rarely apart in the 50 years they were together.

Wayne was a visionary and a leader in the waste management industry. As president and CEO of Nortech Waste, he designed, constructed and operated a 2,200 ton per day Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Roseville, CA. Under his management over the last 17 years, this facility has proven to be the most successful of its kind in the United States with a total recovery of approximately 40%. Wayne was inducted to the Environmental Industry Associations Hall of Fame in 1994.

Wayneand#8217;s love of the Tahoe area began at a very young age. He learned to water-ski on Lake Tahoe in his teens and spent many summers here during his years as a student at UNR. Prior to the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley USA in 1960, Wayne worked for the Army Corps of Engineers that built the road into Squaw. Their daughter, Stacy, moved to Tahoe City in 1986 where she still resides with her two sons, Ryan and Blake. Wayne and Joan have owned a second home in Tahoe City for almost 20 years and they spent as much time here as possible loving and supporting their grandsons.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Joan Trewhitt; his two daughters, Stacy Conner and Stephanie Trewhitt; his two grandsons, Ryan and Blake Conner; his sister Janet Trewhitt; and his sister-in-law, Audrey Sterling.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made payable to UNR Foundation, Wayne D. Trewhitt Scholarship and#8211; College of Engineering and sent to Melanie Perish, Mail Stop 162, Reno, NV 89557. Thank you.

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