Trecil True Cantrell Trecil True Cantrell, 86, a salesman of Visalia passed away Monday, April 1, 2013. True Cantrell was born in Everton Missouri to Mary Ellen (Babe) and Ernie Cantrell on March 18, 1927. He moved to California with his mother and father when he was 3 years old. He attended grammar school and his freshman year of High School in Visalia, but by the time True was a sophomore his father was working for Hyde Ranch Dairy and the family moved to Fresno. True graduated from Fresno High School in 1944. During his first year of College, True enlisted in the Navy and served for 2 years as a corpsman in Vallejo California. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, True went to work for his parents at Cantrell's Market in Exeter and also became a Mason at the Exeter Masonic Lodge. Shortly after starting this new adventure, True met the love of his life, Marilyn Downs. True and Marilyn dated for four years before committing their lives to each other in marriage on March 11, 1951. True left Cantrell's market in 1950 and went to work for Knudsen Creamery as a salesman. He and Marilyn bought a house in Exeter and began to establish themselves as a family. They welcomed a daughter Trecia in December of 1952 and a son Dean in April of 1955. These were enjoyable years for True. The family spent much of their time in the outdoors water skiing and house-boating. As the kids got older, True and Marilyn returned to what might have been his favorite hobby of all, Motorcycle Riding. They became members of the Tulare County Family Travelers Motorcycle Club in 1977. They rode for almost 20 years together with True serving as "Road Captain" for most of them. He loved planning and leading the club's many riding adventures. Most people are surprised at how much of the country they saw on 2 wheels. They traveled as far north as Canada and as far east as Michigan. In the late 1990's True decided to put a few more wheels on the ground and he and Marilyn started RV'ing almost full time and frequently returned home to Visalia for short breaks and to spend the holiday's with their growing and extended family. True is survived by his wife Marilyn Cantrell, daughter Trecia Wooten (Brad), son Dean Cantrell and their families which include 6 grandkids and 9 great-grandkids. True never lost his love for the outdoors; most recently in the form of Horseshoes and sitting out in the front yard visiting with family and just about anyone who wanted to stop and say He. True will always be remembered as a man who was a hard worker, honest, and full of integrity. He loved his family, life, and laughter. He never met a stranger and was never short on jokes. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and especially by his family. There will never be another "Papa". In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tulare County Family Traveler's Children's Charities and to Tulare County Hospice in Honor of True Cantrell. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Visalia District Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Apr. 3, 2013