|Ellsworth Lee Troutman|
|Birth: ||Oct. 8, 1929|
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 1996|
Santa Clara County
Lee's crowning accomplishments were:
1) his book Legal First Aid Kit, written to assist the layman either in defending himself in court or in knowing what to expect from and advise his lawyer.
2) healing many people of disease, injury and personal problems, as a Christian Science practitioner.
During W. W. II, at 13, with brothers already at war, one of Lee's jobs was to drive a full produce truck from a farm into Louisville, KY. The first time he turned a corner in the city, the truck bed tipped and all the produce spilled out. He thought he was in big trouble, but a policeman on the corner just helped him re-load the produce and he was on his way.
Lee attended Wittenberg College until he was drafted to serve as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. He graduated in the 1952-53 Greenville class.
His wingman said he was "top gun" of the Korean War. At the end of the war he was the youngest pilot ever to be offered the rank of colonel. He was offered 10% disability, due to repeated ear drum injuries, but declined both rank and stipend.
He vowed never to pilot again, saying, "I was trained to take too many chances." He recalled being so close to the ground when his instruments failed in bad weather, that he could have touched the fencepost as he pulled up.
On orders, he ferried a type of plane that had crashed several times, killing their pilots. Without any intuition that that plane was about to crash, Lee found himself reaching up and shutting down the engines. There was no landing field shown on his map, but he looked down, and there was a landing strip right below him. When mechanics checked the plane they found a loose bolt, which, in minutes would have come off. Thus, the cause of the former plane crashes was discovered.
When four of Lt. Troutman's men were injured in a bus accident, and not expected to live until morning, he countermanded their doctor's orders, allowing their wives to be with them at the hospital. He remembers thinking, "If they're alive now, why should they be dead in the morning?" He drove to the doctor's house in the middle of the night to inform the doctor that he, as their lieutenant, was in charge of these men, not the doctor. All four men recovered.
Working his way through his last two years of college, after the war, Lee was named top real estate salesman, when he sold 64 houses one year (houses that had been predicted to be hard-sells). At 26, he was asked to run for state representative on either ticket, but declined, refusing to be a puppet candidate.
A business graduate, he worked for Stanford Research Institute, advising such companies as Sears and Boise Cascade; for private consulting firms; as an efficiency expert; as a college teacher; as a Palo Alto, CA, realtor and mortgage broker for 20 years. At that time, his former wing-man and he taught each other their professions (They were each tired of theirs.) and Lee became a building contractor.
Three of the innovations he perfected during his contracting years were: preserving asphalt for up to ten years; returning ruined hotel and restaurant carpets to like-new condition; inventing "Washable Walls."
Other contributions were: testing the "Gravity Exercise System" on diseased and injured people, and getting it approved for coverage by the head of Medi-Cal.
He was Palo Alto's campaign chairman, when Ronald Reagan first ran for governor.
Lee was the son of chemist James Frank Troutman, 1891, and Helen Duggin Troutman, 1903.
He and his first wife Patricia (Kelley) had 3 children. He and his wife Kathie (Reed) had 5 children.
Patricia Kelley Troutman (1930 - 1993)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Maintained by: The Lee Troutman Family
Originally Created by: Topper Fox
Record added: Jul 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93560417