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Dr. Ralph M. Truitt
A funeral service was held Sunday at Turlock Adventist Church for Dr. Ralph M. Truitt, 90, of Turlock.

Private burial was at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Born March 1920 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to missionary parents, Earnest and Bertha, Ralph graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School. He married Norma "Joyce" Pote and after serving two years in the Army, in 1950 Ralph joined the staff of Turlock Medical Clinic, where he served as a Doctor of Internal Medicine and later as a cardiologist until his retirement in 2001. Dr. Pruitt helped to develop and establish the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Emanuel Medical Center and later the opening of the new CCU and Emergency Departments which opened in 2007.

An active leader in his church, Ralph served as an elder, Bible teacher, men's support group leader in both the Turlock and Ceres Seventh-day Adventist churches and chairman of the Modesto Adventist Academy for several years. He spent five years in medical missionary service from 1957 to 1962 in Thailand. He enjoyed gardening and tending to church and home landscaping. Dr. Truitt visited every continent and all 50 states.

He leaves behind his wife of 68 years, Norma "Joyce" Truitt of Turlock; three children, Richard Truitt of Riverside, Ardeth Mattison of Turlock, and Barbara Holm of Turlock; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Mark Steven Truitt in 1973.

Remembrances may be sent to the Legacy Circle Heart Center of Emanuel Medical Center, the Loma Linda University Medical School for Scholarships, or the charity of your choice.

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-Ceres Courier/ March 9, 2011