Jefferson Edward Trenton
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Virginia Beach - Jefferson Edward Trenton, passed away peacefully January 14th, 2014. Born to Jefferson and Maria DeFates Treen in Queens, New York on February 14th, 1947. After living in many locations in the US and in South America, he attended Queens College for a year before attending the U.S. Air Force Academy, from which he graduated with a political science degree in 1969. While serving in the Air Force, he was selected for the prestigious Olmstead Scholarship, and attended the Institut d'etudes poltiques de Paris at the University of Paris, graduating in 1977 with a degree in political science, after which he earned a Master's in Public Administration at Harvard University in 1978. During his Air Force career, he served in a variety of assignments in logistics and cost-accounting at Randolph Air Force Base (AFB) in San Antonio, TX and at Kadena AFB in Okinawa, international negotiations policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and systems procurement at Los Angeles AFB's Space and Missile Systems Center. Concluding his AF career as an instructor at the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA, he retired as a Lt. Colonel and spent many years subsequently consulting with several Defensive Industry corporations.
He is survived by Karen Trenton, his wife of 21 years, and their children Matthew and Lily. He is also survived by his sister Ilyana and her husband Norman Roquette, and their three children Lygia, Natalia, and Daniel and his wife Luly; his aunt Lygia and her husband John Charlton; and numerous cousins. Fluent in French, conversant in Spanish, a lover of life and an avid tennis player, skier, diver, and with fencing talent adequate to embarrass many of the hired fencers at renaissance fairs, Jeff will be missed by his classmates at the Air Force Academy, with whom he maintained lifelong relationships, and his many friends in the Tidewater area, especially those at the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club (VBTCC) where he spent countless hours on the courts in mortal combat and friendship. Most of all, Jeff was a loving and kind Husband and father whose abiding passion for life was nowhere more evident than in his love for his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 20, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 1968 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Burial will be private at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a Catholic Charity in Jeff's name to help those in need. Please visit www. Altmeyer.com to leave a note to the family.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 19, 2014