March 18, 2010
Ed Coltrin, 85, died on Feb. 4, 2010, after complications with cancer. He was 85.
The eldest of four children, Ed was inducted into military service in March 1943 and served as an Army medic until January 1946. He was attached to the 2nd BN. Hq. Co.291st, 75th Div. and on Jan 15, 1945, was an Aid Man at the Battle of Grand Halleaux (Battle of the Bulge) in which many officers and infantrymen were killed. He received both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star medals. In the 50s, Ed moved to Soda Springs and worked as a lift operator at Soda Springs Ski Hill. In the 60s, he became night manager at Boreal Ridge until the late 70s.
He and his family moved to Truckee in ’73 and lived there until 1998. Ed was a building contractor for over 30 years and spent 4 years in Hawaii remodeling homes.
In 2003, Ed moved back to Truckee and was blessed with the birth of his only grandchild, Corbin. In 2004, Ed moved to Julian, Calif., and continued building and remodeling. In his spare time, he actively sought to teach himself multiple languages which aided him his most recent venture.
Up until his hospitalization, Ed was an active volunteer with over 1,000 hours on board the USS Midway in San Diego harbor as a ship’s restorer and a WWII forum speaker where he talked with people from all over the world about the war.
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Ed’s greatest enjoyment came from his 7-year-old grandson and his biggest sorrow was having to say goodbye at the end. Ed’s favorite greeting was “Good Morning,” regardless of the time of day. His enthusiasm for life will be missed.
Ed’s activities included ham radio, numerous years volunteer to Placer County Sheriff’s Communication Reserves, volunteer for the annual Tevis Cup ride/Western States and both the Sacramento and San Diego Jazz Jubilees.
He belonged to the American Legion Post No. 468 in Julian as well as the Sons of the American Legion, and he was a lifetime member of the 75th Division.