Lee Trentman

[2 MAY 1932 - B2 - 20522- 29 SEP 2017]

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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Clarence L. Trentman Cullum No: 20522 Class of: 1955 Born: MT Appointment: Branch: AF Date of Death: September 29, 2017 (View Memorial Article) History: 20522 Clarence Lee Trentman B-MT: AF: Resd 58 1LT: D - Sacramento, CA 29Sep17 a-85: Ob-2018 TAPS

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Clarence Lee Trentman

Clarence Lee Trentman was born on 2 May 1932 in Livingston, Montana and appointed to West by a Congressman from that state. He entered West Point on 3 July 1951, was in Company B-2 and a platoon leader of that company. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force.


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Clarence Lee Trentman

Clarence Lee Trentman, 85, of Auburn passed away unexpectedly September 29, 2017, in Sacramento. He was born May 2, 1932, in Livingston, Montana, the only child of Clarence Joseph and Lee Vern (Cranwill) Trentman. He spent his formative years in Gardiner, Montana, at the north entrance of Yellowstone Park and had many fascinating and unusual experiences in his national park backyard. He graduated valedictorian from Park County High School in 1950 and subsequently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1955. He was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and assigned to a Strategic Air Command in Mountain Home, Idaho, and later promoted to air attache at the American embassy in Madrid, Spain, before receiving an honorable discharge in 1958.

Following his military service, Lee and his dad shared business ventures in southern California as co-owners of Balboa Rents (1958) and Canter Van and Storage (1959) before he founded Interstate Signal of San Diego (1962), a traffic supply company which he built from the ground up. On April 9, 1960, he married 'the most beautiful girl in the world' and the love of his life, Wynefred Mae Bacon. They settled in San Diego where their children Loretta, Terry and Mike were born.

A few years later, health issues in the family necessitated relocation to northern California, where Lee founded Interstate Sales of Auburn (1969) and T-man Traffic Supply of El Cajon (2012). He was a self-described 'guardrail salesman,' but during a career that spanned nearly 60 years he became a well-respected leader and an icon in the highway maintenance supply industry.

He had no plans for retirement and was actively involved in the day to day affairs of his businesses. For the last several years, however, he did allow himself plenty of time for travel, and he and Wyn spent many happy days on ships, planes, trains and cars visiting family and distant parts of the world or - in his ideal scenario - visiting interesting places with his family.

Lee will be remembered for his strong work ethic, honesty, integrity, generosity, compassion, keen intellect, business acumen, patriotism, trademark jump suits, crew cut, quick wit, and the unique way he expressed himself. He was many good things, but first and foremost he was a family man; everything he did, in one way or another, was tied to his caring for and supporting his family. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife, Wyn Trentman, and three children, Loretta (Robert) Hay, Terry (Laralee) Trentman and Mike (Melodee) Trentman; grandchildren Rachel Hay, Becca Hay, Chris Hay, Sarah Hay, Jenna Price, Megan Trentman, LeAnne Trentman, Jaron Trentman, Micah Trentman, Jackie Livingston, Chancey Trentman, Dallan Trentman, Lizi Trentman and Annie Trentman; and great grandchildren Talya, Caden and Capri Price and Jayden, Jackson and Maxwell Livingston.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 6, 2017, 11AM at the Auburn Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1255 Bell Road, Auburn, CA. Friends are welcome for visitation at 10AM. Interment will be at the New Auburn Cemetery.


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Clarence Lee Trentman 1955

Cullum No. 20522-1955 - September 29, 2017
Died in Sacramento, CA
Interred in New Auburn Cemetery, CA


Clarence Lee Trentman was born May 2, 1932 in Livingston, MT, the only child of Joseph and Lee Vern (Cranwell) Trentman. His formative years were spent in Gardner, MT at the north entrance to Yellowstone Park, where he had many fascinating and unusual experiences in his national park backyard. It was here that Lee gained a great appreciation for nature and the wildlife that existed within the park. It was also here where Lee began to think about his future.

Lee graduated from Park County High School in Livingston in 1951. He did well academically and athletically and began to think about the military as a career. After great thought he decided that he would seek the opportunity to serve in uniform and sought admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point. After securing an appointment and passing all requirements for admission, he made the long trip to West Point and joined the entering Class of 1955. He survived New Cadet Training and joined Company B-2. Here he tackled academics, intermural football, and the stock market. In between he took the time to tell bear stories and spread his philosophy of life. West Point to Lee was simply the interlude before a car, a wife, and dog. He did well academically and at graduation was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force and assigned to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) with duty in Mountain Home, ID. After a two-year tour with SAC, he became the air attache at the American Embassy in Madrid, Spain before receiving an honorable discharge in 1958.

On April 9, 1960 he married the 'most beautiful girl in the world,' Wyneford Mae 'Wyn' Bacon, and settled in San Diego, CA, where their children - Loretta, Terry, and Mike - were born. A few years later they relocated to Northern California, where Lee founded Interstate Sales of Auburn (1969) and T-Man Traffic Supply of El Cajon (2012). During a career spanning over 60 years he became a well-respected leader and an icon in the highway maintenance supply industry. Despite advances in technology, Lee always maintained the personal touch in his business dealings.

Lee never had plans for retirement, as he was actively involved in the day to day affairs of his business; however, he and Wyn spent many happy days on ships, planes, trains, and cars visiting family and friends and visiting many interesting places with family.

Lee is remembered for his strong work ethic, honesty, integrity, generosity, compassion, keen intellect, business acumen, patriotism, trademark jump suits, quick wit, and the unique way he expressed himself. His classmates recall his devotion to West Point, his willingness to share his talents, and his always positive outlook. Lee was many good things, but first and foremost he was a family man; everything he did was tied to his caring for and supporting his family. In essence he was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Lee passed away unexpectedly on September 29, 2017 in Sacramento, CA. He is survived by his wife, Wyn; his children: Loretta, Terry, and Mike; 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

To those who knew Lee, his life was a gift to all, and he will be greatly missed.

'Well Done; Be Thou at Peace."

TAPS Memorial Article


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Mike Trentman (Wyn's son) has indicated that Wyn is not capable mentally anymore, and that he will communicate info to Wyn as appropriate.

Bud DeMaris
September 2018


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The email address for Wyn is not valid any more.

Bud DeMaris
July 2019


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