Pamela Marie Trujillo
“You are so beautiful to me.” -Joe Cocker
Pamela Marie Trujillo (née Jones), a longtime Casper-based resident and business owner, passed away July 6, 2019.
Pam was born August 16, 1943 in Casper, Wyoming to Jack and Evelyn Jones. The granddaughter of sheep ranchers John and Laura Daly, Pam lived and attended school in Casper for virtually her entire life before retirement.
A class of ’61 Natrona County High School graduate, Pam settled into an administrative assistant position at Pacific Power and Light for many years, after which she took time out of the workforce to raise her family.
Pam married Chuck Trujillo in 1964 and they built their family, with two sons and a daughter; Troy, Trevor, and Tiffany.
Pam gave into an entrepreneurial desire to start her own business in the early 1980s. With professional partners Cile Jackson and Janet Atchley, Pam co-owned In Good Taste in Casper for nearly 25 years. The store specialized in gourmet food, gifts, gift baskets, cookie bouquets, freshly ground coffee, and boasted an espresso bar for the last several years that it was open. In Good Taste had three locations in the 80s and 90s, beginning at Westridge Plaza, moving to Sunrise Shopping Center, and finally setting up at the Beverly Plaza. Pam was very fond of working with customers, many of whom would become friends.
After In Good Taste closed, never one to sit still, Pam decided to keep busy by working for the Wyoming Catholic Diocese in Casper for many years. During this time, Pam had several opportunities to set up conferences and assist with non-profit work and charitable organizations. Pam found great reward in her job, and always had a passion for helping others.
Pam would often travel with her family and her professional career would take her around the United States. However, Pam would say that her favorite times were spent at home with all of the creature comforts and a good book.
Despite the comforts of her life in Casper, Pam’s little-confessed-to adventurous streak found her on the trip of a lifetime, living and working with her husband for several months in the country of Belize, in 2009.
After their time in Central America, Pam and Chuck returned to Casper for a spell, where Pam took work as a part time administrative assistant in the Casper College Proctoring Center.
Eventually Pam and Chuck retired to Arizona. While there, Pam still couldn’t settle down and continued volunteering, assisting with the integration of immigrants who were new to the United States.
Pam passed away, following a brief illness while being cared for by her family, near her home in Yuma, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and Jack; her brothers, Rick and Greg; and her sister Penelope. She is survived by her husband Chuck; her daughter, Tiffany (Jim); her sons Troy and Trevor; and her grandchildren Jason, Alex, Eli and Cole.
To her family, Pam was a mother, a mentor, a hero, and a miracle worker. She was well-liked by strangers and beloved by her friends. The definition of a classy and strong woman, Pam had an easy grace and pleasant demeanor that hid a passion, conviction, and motivational drive that filled her friends and family with pride and awe.
A ceremony was held in Yuma, July 11, 2019 for Pam’s loved ones and family in and around Arizona. The service was held at St. Francis of Assisi Church and it was officiated by longtime family friend Fr. John Robinson, of Belize.
A service for Pam’s family and loved ones in and around Wyoming will be held Wednesday July 24th, 10:30 am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Casper.
Pam’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, loved ones make a monetary or time donation to the charitable cause of their choice.