Capt. Kurt MacGregor Trautman
1945 - 2018
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Capt. Kurt MacGregor Trautman

Bremerton, WA

Sep. 7, 1945 to June 19, 2018

Captain Kurt MacGregor Trautman, 72, died in Bremerton on June 19, 2018. A loving husband, father, brother, and uncle, he devoted his career to serving in the United States Navy before retiring in 1995. He received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and numerous other personal awards during his career.

Capt. Trautman was born in Fort Collins, CO on September 7, 1945 to the late Randall Dee Witt Trautman and Lucille MacGregor Trautman. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Weapon System Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1967. He began serving in the Navy in 1969 after attending Naval Nuclear Power School, Nuclear Power Training Unit, and Submarine School in Groton, CT, where he met and married his wife, Marty, in August of 1968. As a Naval reservist, he briefly worked with Aerojet Nuclear Corporation in Idaho Falls, ID and then re-entered active duty in 1973 as a Weapons Officer on the USS William H. Bates in Groton, CT. He served as Navigator for the USS Seahorse in Charleston, SC before returning to Groton in 1978 to serve as an Instructor at the Combat School in New London, CT and a tour as Executive Officer. Beginning in 1985, Commander Trautman served for three years as Commanding Officer on the USS William H. Bates in San Diego, CA (awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for exceptional operational performance) and then as Assistant Chief of Staff and Tactical Team Leader for the Staff Submarine Force, USS Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, HI. He then served as Commanding Officer on the USS Florida Gold and Deputy Commander of the Submarine Squadron Seventeen, both in Bangor, WA. After retiring, Capt. Trautman worked for Darlington, Inc., supporting the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport Division and worked as as a combat systems engineer and director of the Center's Newport Division Detachment in Bangor. He retired in 2014. Since 1992, Capt. Trautman and his wife had lived and enjoyed many friendships in Poulsbo.

Capt. Trautman was preceded in death by his wife, Marcia Goodman Trautman, his son, Stefan Trautman, and his stepmother, Eloise Trautman. He is survived by his son, Erich Trautman and wife, Caroline, of Cary, NC; his sister, Andrea Hart and husband, Al, of Billings, MT; his sister- and brother-in-law, Cindy and Jim Turse, of Mattapoisett, MA; his nephews and great-niece; and his faithful cat companions, Thomas and Jack. During his life, he was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and utilized his leadership skills and knowledge to serve Sylvan Way Baptist Church and Poulsbo Community Church. He took comfort and joy in daily Bible readings and was active in Bible Study Fellowship.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27 at Poulsbo Community Church at 651 NW Finn Hill Road in Poulsbo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Code Purple Now (Suzanne Wright Foundation) to aid in the battle against pancreatic cancer: The Suzanne Wright Foundation, 610 Fifth Avenue, Suite 605, New York, NY 10020.

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Published in Kitsap Sun from Jun. 23 to Jun. 24, 2018.
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July 2, 2018
Sincere condolences for a fellow classmate and shipmate. He achieved a lot and touched many lives.
ATCS William Monger USN Ret
June 26, 2018
It is with considerable shock and sadness that we learned of Kurt's passing. He was a kind, caring, and gentle man and a great friend. He never had a bad word to say about anyone, and was always willing to listen to the troubles of others. We remember how he was such a rock' during Marty's long illness, but took the time to keep us informed of her progress and brought her to Victoria to have High Tea with us. We had missed chatting with Kurt in recent weeks and now know why. We had hoped that he would come for a visit, but will always remember the good times we had together.
The friend's Kurt and Marty made when they came for visits to Victoria asked that I pass on their condolences at this difficult time. It has been a shock to all as he was always so strong and active.
We will raise a glass of ginger ale in his honour on Wednesday (a tribute to a great time cruising in the Med as the Chandon 6!)
With sincerest sympathy,
Bert & Myrna Soutar
June 25, 2018
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), I offer our sincere condolences on Kurt's passing. You and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. We are forever grateful for Kurt's service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service. To our Brother of the Phin we say, Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country.

"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way" 2 Thess 3:16

CAPT(SS) Kurt MacGregor Trautman, US Navy, Now on Eternal Patrol.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate.

Bill Dixon, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.
Bill Dixon
June 24, 2018
Brotherhood of the Dolphin
To the Trautman Family,

On behalf of the Charleston Base SUBVETS and Swamp Fox Chapter SUBVETS WWII, I offer you our sincere condolences on Kurt's passing. We grieve with you on the death of your loved one and our shipmate. The SUBVETS will have your family in our thoughts and prayers. There is no expiration date on the back of our dolphins and Kurt will always be remembered as a Brother of the Phin and a great Patriot. BRAVO ZULU SHIPMATE!!

CAPT(SS) Kurt MacGregor Trautman
US Navy Submarine Veteran Retired
Now on Eternal Patrol
Sailor Rest Your Oar
Your Shipmates Have The Watch

Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate

Charleston Base Submarine Veterans
Nick Nichols, MTCM(SS) USN Ret.
Base Chaplain
Nick Nichols
June 24, 2018
The USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) tied up at the pier in La Spezia, Italy during the autumn Med Run - 1976 (Neal Degner)
From the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) Association, on behalf of all his shipmates that served with Kurt Trautman, either on his first tour as LT, or his second tour as CO, we express our deepest sympathy and condolences.

His service was in keeping with the highest traditions of the US Submarine Force, and we count it an honor to have served with him.

We continue to honor him on the Association website at His Honors page, obituary, and member profile can be found under Honors >> Eternal Patrol, as well as Honors >> Leadership >> Commanding Officers.

Rest your oar, Skipper, we have the watch...
Brad Williamson
June 24, 2018
With Deepest Sympathies.... Kurt was one of the most kindest people, I have ever met.
Martha Hammond
June 24, 2018
Martha Hammond
June 24, 2018
Edward MILLS
June 24, 2018
I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Now that goodbyes have been said, cling to the Hope offered of seeing him again. John 6:44
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