V. Truett Loftin passed away on June 14, 2018 at his home in Gold River, Calif. at the age of 82.
Truett was born in Prentiss, Miss. to Woody Loftin and Madeline Herrington.
Truett is survived by his daughters Maribel Hefeli (Frank); Katrina Loftin-Winkel (Mike); Tina Loftin Smith (Ty); first wife, Eula Loftin and his wife, Christie; grandchildren: Truett Ryder, Woody, Chace, Jacque (Kevin), Frankie (Gabrielle) and newly born great grandson, Frank IV; brother-in-law, Paul Paulidis and nieces: Gina Garris (Hank) and Paula Paulidis. He was preceded in death by his parents: Woody Loftin and Helen Loftin Palmer; mother, Madeline and beloved children: Antoinette, Troy Woodrow, Judy and grandson, Troy Christopher.
Truett graduated from Mineral County High School and attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno. He enlisted in the Navy and served in the Navy Intelligence until 1959.
Upon returning from the Navy, he wed Eula and joined his father in working at Woody’s Chevrolet in Hawthorne, Nev. He later went on to be a top producer and manager for Nationwide Insurance and opened his own agency V.T. Loftin Insurance & Associates which operated successfully in Sacramento and Carson City for many years. In 1985, he moved to Carson City and took over operations of the Ormsby House Hotel and Casino.
He was a lifetime member of the Kiwanis Club of Carmichael; served on the National Board of Trustees for the Leukemia Society of America; board member for the Elliott-Pope Preparatory School; past president and board member of the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce; one of the original founders of The California Auto Museum in Sacramento; past president of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club of Sacramento and a member of the Bentley-Rolls Royce and Maserati Clubs.
He was a loving father and grandfather but perhaps his greatest love was for his cars. He founded and ran the River City Classic Car Show that benefitted local charities in the Sacramento area for many years. He graduated from the Bob Bondurant Racing School in 1990 and enjoyed racing against Katrina in the Ferrari Hill Climb in Virginia City and the Silver State Classic Challenge Open Road race. Over his years collecting and restoring cars, he had over 20 beautiful cars in his private collection.
Truett’s southern charm and good nature was present in everything he did. He loved people, loved his girls and loved his cars. If you ever had the luck of knowing him, he was a friend for life. He had a plaque given to him by his daughter Tina inscribed, “Anyone can be a father but it takes someone truly special to be a Daddy”. He will the best Daddy in the universe, he will be greatly missed by his family.
His daughters will be honoring him with a Celebration of Life at the California Auto Museum 2200 Front Street, Sacramento, Calif. on July 15 from 1-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, any donation would be appreciated in memory of V. Truett Loftin to the California Auto Museum.