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James S. "Jim" Trunzo, 70, died peacefully at home surrounded by family July 2, 2011.Â
He was born July 22, 1940, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Francis J. Trunzo, MD, and Catherine (Kernan) Trunzo of Punxsutawney.
He was married to Jerry Frances (Carter) Trunzo, who survives.
Mr. Trunzo was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.Â
He served his country with the U.S.N. Mobile Construction Battalion, MCB-7 (the Seabees), from 1962 to 1967.Â
After leaving the service, Mr. Trunzo received his bachelor's degreeÂ from Indiana University ofÂ Pennsylvania, then moved to Tallahassee, Fla., where he attended Florida State University and received his master's degree in criminology in 1973.
He was employed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as an Executive Director of the Police Standards and Training Commission.Â He was also an adjunct professor at TCC.Â
He retired from the Florida Legislature after 15 years with the House of Representatives in various positions.
Mr. Trunzo was an avid FSU football fan, becoming a booster in 1972.Â
He remained a loyal fan and season ticket holderÂ over the years and continued toÂ enjoy the FSU football games most recently with his grandson, Michael.
He was a generous and caring person full of love and laughter and ever proud of his family.
He had a special place in his heart and life for the Thursday night Men's Faith Group.Â
In addition to his wife of 21 years, he is survived by two daughters, Jessica Johnston and husband Kirby of Morristown, N.J. and Monica Olsen and husband Tom of Tallahassee, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Chase, Tina, Maria and Michael.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis J. Trunzo, Jr. of Green Valley, Ariz., and William K. Trunzo, of Punxsutawney.
A Catholic memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 3640 Fred George Rd.
In lieu of flowers, the family requestsÂ donations be madeÂ to the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.