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John McKenna Truog

John McKenna Truog died peacefully with loved ones surrounding him on March 26th, 2024 in Seattle, WA. He was 80 years old.

John was born to Elizabeth Wales Truog and John Bammer Truog in Kansas City, Missouri on April 22, 1943.  He was an accomplished Thacher High School athlete in tennis and basketball. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Princeton University and served honorably in the Coast Guard reserves in San Diego.

In 1976, he moved with his wife and two children to Seattle as a sports enthusiast.  New to the area, John entered the Seattle “Tennis World” Men’s Singles Tournament.  With a simple wooden racket, a few back spins, and a calm psychological edge, he took first place. He also became a popular soccer coach for both his wife and children’s teams and regularly invited neighbors to play “family soccer" on the weekends. 

John became an established art dealer in Pioneer Square and loved to share treasures he found throughout his travels.  Many will remember his varied collections of Japanese woodblock prints, Edward Curtis photogravures, and delicate hand painted antique boxes. 

John is survived by his older sister, Donna Lee Griffiths, his two children, Michael John Truog and Laura Truog Fierce, his two grandchildren, Vinh Le-Truog and Hanh Le-Truog, and his ex-spouses, Judith Platt and Darlene Albright. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Kent Wales Truog. He will be greatly missed by those who were touched by his wry humor and gentle ways.


Such beautiful remembrance of Johnny. Memories of stopping by your parents’ house after school, almost daily, will always hold a special place in my heart. I’m so glad you were all able together spend time together and so sorry for your loss. With love, your cousin, Christina

My condolences to you and your family.

Charles Liu

I remember family soccer but had no idea he was such an athlete! I always appreciated his sense of humor (that was maybe more aligned with mine than my own father's) and how he always made us lunch. I'm so glad you could both be with him in the end.

Julie Bowden

Oh what a great loss. John was always such a smart funny friend. Always gave positive support. Remembering Gypsy Moths, Chili Peppers and his love of exquisite art.

Karen Hardy

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