Five people were inducted into the Tooele High School Wall of Fame on Friday.
Susan Trujillo graduated from Tooele High School in 1976. She coached the cheer and pep club teams for 20 years, and the Sha-Ronns and Majestix’s for five years. During her tenure at THS, her teams won 12 state titles. Being a coach at Tooele High took a lot of dedication and work. One of Trujillo’s best memories was when she took her cheer team to the Nationals in Florida and received the “Best Sportsmanship Award.” Trujillo has been involved in helping people with special needs, and cancer victims. While working with others in Tooele, she has helped raise over $35,000 for those in need. Susan continues to teach cheer and dance in Tooele. She and her husband have been married for 38 years with two daughters, and 10 grandchildren.
Bill Pitt graduated from Tooele High School in 1953. He was on the “All State Football Team” his senior year. He received a football scholarship to Utah State University. Bill has committed his life to serving others. He has been involved in various roles in the community. He was in the Sheriff’s department for 24 years and was elected Sheriff for four years. He was a United States Marshall for the state of Utah for three years and the Tooele County Justice Court Judge for 21 years. He has influenced many lives in his career. Pitt retired in 2009. He and his wife Lorraine reside in Tooele. They have four children.
Albert Bottema graduated from Tooele High School in 1971. While attending THS, Bottema made the most of his time, he participated in football, yearbook, track and field and basketball. After graduation, he started his career in the Tooele County District. Forty years later, his loyalty and work ethic paid dividends, as he, now, oversees the district’s energy management department.Bottema started his coaching career at THS in 1978 as a basketball coach. Since that time, he has coached cross country, track and field, a position he holds today, and is the staple in the press box and at the score table for football and basketball games as the clock and scorekeeper. As a high school coach, he has sent several student athletes on to college to compete in track and field. Botteman lives by the saying “The bull doesn’t care what you did yesterday.” it can be said, by all who know him and his efforts to do his best that day, that his actions prove it. Albert and Dorothy have four children and 11 grandchildren.
Before graduating from Tooele High School in 1997, Brett Valdez left his mark in Tooele High School’s history. Brett Valdez lettered in golf, baseball and wrestling and as any outstanding athlete does he earned recognition in all three sports. Brett was a member of the THS golf team, which finished second in state. Brett won a state championship in baseball. He finished his senior year with an impressive batting average of .360. As a high school wrestler, Brett Valdez accomplished what a select few have done. Brett was a back-to-back Utah high school state champion. Such feats earned him the honor of being named to the All-American team his junior and senior years. Upon finishing his senior year of wrestling, he was in the top 10 for career wins and pins in the state of Utah. Although Brett was recruited by several schools to wrestle, he accepted a four -year leadership scholarship to attend Utah State University. Brett still finds time to be a part of wrestling, as a high school official. Brett lives in Tooele with his wife, Dyana, and their two children.
Richard Valdez graduated from Tooele High School in 1971. He lettered in baseball, football and wrestling. He helped Tooele bring home two divisional wrestling titles and a region championship his senior year. The team finished third in state. He began his 34-year career at Tooele High in 1977, coaching football, baseball and wrestling. He was also the THS Athletic Director for 10 years. He assisted Paul Dart with wrestling for 10 years, helping THS capture three region titles and the 1981 state title. Becoming head coach in 1988, Richard coached Tooele to seven region titles in the next 10 years. His teams placed sixth in state three times and finished in the top 10 for 10 consecutive years. He coached six state champions in his 12 years as head coach and led his teams to over 100 dual meet wins. In 1999, he retired from coaching and became a wrestling official for 10 years. He has been assisting the THS wrestling team the past four years. As a wrestler, coach and official, Richard has been involved in wrestling over 40 years. He has been married to Diane Bracken Valdez for 36 years and has three sons; plus four grandchildren.