Wasiel Calvert Triplett, 60, a retired civilian administrator with the Navy Department and a resident of Alexandria until he moved to California in 1979, died Sept. 14 in a hospital in Chula Vista, Calif., after a heart attack.

Mr. Triplett, who was a native of West Virginia, moved to the Washington area in 1940. He taught in a high school in Suitland for about a year before beginning his 38-year government career. He worked for the Census Bureau and the old Post Office Department before transferring to the Navy Department, where he worked for 20 years.

At the time of his retirement in 1979, Mr. Triplett was the administrative services director of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Since that time, he had lived in Chula Vista, where he had worked in real estate.

Mr. Triplett was a steward, a lay reader and a vestryman at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly R., of Chula Vista; two daughters, Gretchen T. Lee of Green Bay, Wis., and Martha T. Carpenter of Bonita, Calif.; three sons, Richard W., of Chula Vista, and Thomas W. and John C., both of Fairfax; his mother, Etta W. Triplett of Chula Vista, and two grandchildren.