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John Charles "Jack" Trefts
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John Charles “Jack” Trefts, 85, lifelong Santa Maria and Orcutt resident, passed away December 30th at a care facility in Clovis, California.
Jack was born in Santa Maria on August 31st, 1932 to Kenneth E. and Alice K. Trefts. He attended local Catholic schools and Santa Maria High School, graduating with the class of 1950. He served in the Army during the Korean war, and was seriously wounded during combat operations, spending many months in recovery. Following his Army service, Jack attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Woodbury College. He later worked many years with the family’s Texaco distribution business and running his own service station.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Evelyn T. Trefts, in 2015 and his brothers, Kenneth R. (Dick) Trefts, Thomas Kinsman (Tommy) Trefts, and William Elwood (Billy) Trefts.
Jack was an active member of many local charitable and service organizations, including the VFW, Knights of Columbus, and the Rotary Club. He was a devoted member of St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and played many years at Rancho Maria Golf Course, earning more than his fair share of hole-in-ones.
Jack loved the Santa Maria Valley and was proud of his native status. He was one of those people that seemed to know everyone in town. He was never without a colorful story to tell, often involving his brothers and his early days in small-town Santa Maria.
Jack is survived by his six children from his first marriage, including Sonia L. Tognetti of Lompoc, Charlotte A. Simmons of Coarsegold, Alice M. (Ally) Trefts of Grover Beach, Kenneth C. (Chuck) Trefts of Gilbert, Arizona, Colleen P. Bullard of Bakersfield, and Laura J. Burson of Lompoc. Jack enjoyed spending time with his family, having them over for the occasional Santa Maria style barbecue, and always looked forward to spending time with his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Scripture Service will be held Saturday January 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary; 1003 E. Stowell Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93454. Burial will follow at Santa Maria Cemetery.


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