Obituary Notices and Memorials


TRAVIS, Marion Lee
TRAVIS, Marion 'Lee' After a short but courageous battle with cancer, Marion 'Lee' Travis left us on Saturday May 3, 2014 at 3pm while in the arms of his beloved wife of 40 years and in the presence of his loving children. Born in Mount Vernon, Maryland on June 30, 1947 Lee grew up in Salisbury, Maryland before joining the Air Force and serving his country proudly for 20+ years. Lee served in Thailand during the Vietnam War and was stationed at McGuire AFB, Kadena AFB, and Edwards AFB where he would eventually retire and join Lockheed Martin's F16 CTF as a civilian flight scheduler. Outside of work our Pop was always busy supporting his family and helping out people of all ages. Pop-Pop or Poppy, as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren affect- ionately called him, established the Solid Ground Foundation with his family to provide kids in the community with a safe and supportive environment. It was through the California City Youth Center where Pop spearheaded numerous events for the local schools and community groups that he touched so many lives with his compassion and commitment. Whether Dad was supporting city pageants, or holding fundraisers to keep police officers employed, our Pop was always giving his love and support to anyone who needed it because that was simply the right thing to do and it was what made him happy. Pop always kept us together by organizing family celebrations, barbecues, talent shows, etc. I am sure at times it was like herding cats, but he was one hell of a wrangler. He never forgot a birthday and always made sure everyone knew what events were coming around the corner. But that was our Pop, always thinking about everyone else, always looking for creative and fun ways to bring his family together and make memories. As we look back and reflect on the impact he has made to our lives we are left with so many fond memories that will forever be etched in our hearts. Fourth of July celebrations will go down in history on Bay Avenue as the most raucous and fun times ever and those wonderful vacations we took at Lake Isabella have become the standard we judge every outdoor adventure we undertake. Pop-Pop, Poppy, or just Pop, words will never be able describe the loss we have sustained. You were our rock, the one who always kept us kids in line and focused. Your legacy will live on in each of us, and one day we will all join hands again and celebrate the wonderful life we have together. Until then, you can count on your children to take care of Mom and be her strength in the long days and nights ahead. While we can never replace the tower of strength you have been for all of us over the years, it will be your love that keeps us moving forward as we look toward the skies and think of you each day. Our Pop is survived by Marie Travis, his beloved wife of 40 years; his sister Wanda Jean Smullen-Lawrence; his brother-in-law Donald Tomasello and his five loving children, Donna, Donald, Denise, Dawn, and Dennis, along with a herd of grand and great-grandchildren too many to list here but precious nonetheless! His son Alan, who left us on July 14, 2008 is with us in spirit and is surely hanging out with his Dad as we mourn them both. Services will be held at the California City Community Church this Saturday May 10, 2014 from 2-4pm.

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