American Field

September 12, 1933—February 8, 2021

Jim Trotti Remembered

By Garland Priddy | Jul 27, 2021
Jim Ned Trotti

Raymond, Miss. — I have been remiss. Time has gotten away from me to inform of the death of my friend Jim Trotti of Jackson, Miss.

Jim Ned Trotti, 87, passed away at his home February 8, 2021, with his loving wife Jane by his side.

Jim was born in Livingston, La., in 1933 to John R. Trotti and Elise Lott. The middle of three sons, Jim grew up on a rice farm in Fenton, La., during the Great Depression when baths were taken in the rice canals. Hard times molded him into the man he became.

Breaking and training horses and bird dogs at an early age instilled the love that he would carry the rest of his life, competing in field trials throughout the United States and Canada. Not only did he judge and compete in championships, he was known to help the beginner by sharing his knowledge and time, thus promoting the sport he loved.

In 1988, because of his judicial experience and. knowledge of the bird dog sport, Jim was invited to join the committee and contribute to the "Standards of Field Trial Procedure and Judicial Practice,"  a booklet that has proven to be an invaluable source of information for the field trial follower.

Jim was a member of the old Magnolia Bird Dog Club. Field Dog Stud Book records show Jim with well-bred bird dogs back to the early 1980s. In 1986 he bred a litter sired by Addition's Go Boy. Two of the pointer pups, a male and female, developed into winners for Jim, The Covey agent accounting for ten placements and Karisma, eighteen.

Jim was an All-State football player at Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge, La. After winning two state championships, he went on to play college football on a scholarship at LSU.

He moved to Jackson, Miss., to open the state of Mississippi for the Prudential Insurance Company in 1956. In 1958 he opened his own agency, Executive Insurance Services, which he owned until 1978. In 1979 he opened Trotti Construction Company where he worked until 2019.

In his early years, he was a member of Wesley Methodist Church where he taught eighth grade Sunday school. In later years, Jim and his wife Jane were members of Colonial Heights Baptist Church where he was welcomed into Tavie Kulcke’s ladies Sunday school class, along with Tavie’s husband, Larry Kulcke. Tavie’s teaching had a lasting impact on his life.

Jim is survived by the love of his life, his wife Jane. He is also survived by his three children, Ned (Cathy), Dawn (J.R.), Melinda, and stepson Dan Singley (Greer).

The family expressed their appreciation to Dr. Paul Sheffield, Dr. Zachery Baldwin and their staffs for the loving care they provided Jim.


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