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Troy Reid Cole | Obituary

Troy Reid Cole of Cedar Park, Texas, passed away after a brief illness on February 8, 2022, with his family by his side. Troy was born on July 7, 1926 at the Casa Blanca Ranch in Yucaipa, where he spent his childhood.

Troy attended Pass School, helped his family farm the ranch, and organized the annual Yucaipa Rodeo.

At the age of 17, Troy joined the US Navy, after a short bootcamp he was assigned to the USS Silverbell for the duration of World War II. Troy served his country for 35 years in the Navy and Seabees, where he mastered the skills of surveying. He retired at the rank of EAC-E7. Troy continued his surveying career in Southern California, proudly surveying the site of the future Seven Oaks Dam in Highland.

In the 1950s Troy lived in Redlands and worked for the Redlands Police Department, where he met the love of his life, Patricia Anderson. They had been married for 67 years at the time of his death. Troy enjoyed competitive bowling, woodworking, genealogy, and antique collecting. He has written and published a book, “The Silver Secret of Caballo Bay”. Troy was proud of his contribution to the planning and creation of Cedar Park Veterans Memorial Park in Cedar Park, Texas.

Troy was everyone’s friend, possessing both wit and charm. Always a storyteller, with a keen memory and a great sense of humor, he would entertain his friends with stories of his time during World War II and his childhood shenanigans. He was a favorite at the local Hooters and Panera restaurant where he will be sorely missed.

He is predeceased by his infant son Patrick Cole, his sister Gwen Harts and his brother Chuck Benefiel.

Troy leaves his beloved wife Pat; sons Troy Cole Jr. and Tracy Cole; his daughter Tamara Odenthal (Stephen); granddaughter Emmalie Cole.

Troy will be remembered by his nieces; Kitty Riggins from Bakersfield, Kathy Duncan from Oxnard, Ellen Benefiel and Sandra Morris from Yucaipa and Diane Dawson from Riverside.

The services will be private.