Jane Trussell passed away on December 22, 2019 at home in the San Pasqual Valley, a couple of months after being selected as an Escondido Forever Legend by the Escondido History Center.
During her 100 years she was an inspiration to countless kids and adults who were privileged to know her.
Jane Trussell, an Escondido Forever Legend, was born in San Diego on October 17, 1919. She graduated from Pt. Loma High School in 1937 and attended San Diego State College, receiving a teaching credential in 1942. She met and married Franklin Trussell, a member of the pioneer family that began farming in the San Pasqual Valley in 1884. It was in this Valley that Jane Trussell made her home and spent her life helping others.
Ready to begin her career, Mrs. Trussell was hired by the San Pasqual Union School District. She spent thirty-four years at the school which originally was a two-room schoolhouse located on Hwy 78 where she first taught grades 5,6,7 and 8 in the same room. After that she taught 7-8th grade for a few years. She retired as superintendent/ principal and teacher in 1976.
Mrs. Trussell volunteered until 2010 at the new Rockwood Road school teaching math, P.E., coaching, helping out in the office, driving the school bus, and doing other jobs as needed. Throughout her years at San Pasqual Union, she missed one day of school, the day her husband passed away.
Besides her teaching career, Mrs. Trussell was also known for her softball skills. She started playing right after college and traveled extensively as a member of the “Slick Chicks” and other elite teams. In 1944 during World War II she also played on an Escondido men’s softball team because there weren’t enough men to play. She was an outstanding team member wherever she played.
Mrs. Trussell’s commitment to Escondido Women’s Softball League continued into the late 70’s, both coaching and sponsoring many teams. She played in the Escondido Women’s Softball League into her late 70’s and she was also chief umpire in the league for ten years. Because of her involvement, a softball field in Kit Carson Park is named Jane “Dutch” Trussell Field, dedicated in her honor.
Mrs. Trussell not only played softball, but was an avid tennis player and participated in women’s tennis groups for many years. She also played adult women’s soccer and played fullback or goalie for the “Swarm.”
Mrs. Trussell’s dedication, attention to detail, organizational skills, and passion for what was right, made her the perfect principal, teacher, coach, umpire and player. She touched and influenced the lives of thousands of people and she will never be forgotten. Jane Trussell is a 2020 Escondido Forever Legend.The many faces of Jane Trussell.