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Daniel Lee Travis

Obituary for Daniel Lee Travis

July 17, 1939 - May 24, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 79

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Daniel Lee Travis, 79, passed away May 24, 2019 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born to Lee Savoy and Rebecca James Travis on July 17, 1939 in Austin, Texas. He grew up in San Antonio on his family's farm surrounded by relatives and good friends. He attended school at Sayers and East Central High School, where he played football and belonged to the FFA before graduating in 1957. His first job was working for Bobby Crow at the East Central Bus Garage. As a young man, he turned his 1955 Chevrolet into a race car and spent his spare time competing at the drag strip making lifelong friends along the way. His love for racing would take him and friends across the country on many road trips. He attended San Antonio College briefly before deciding to follow in the footsteps of family and join the railroad. He began working for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1959 until 1962 when he was drafted into the US Army. In Korea he served as a Military Police Officer until the end of his service in 1964. Daniel returned to his railroad job after discharge and remained with the railroad for 43 years, working mostly as an engineer.

While working in New Orleans, he met and married Jacqueline Scofield in 1969. The couple lived in Lafayette, Louisiana and McAllen, Texas before settling in San Antonio in 1974. In the 1980s and 1990s he was an active member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers serving as President, Secretary, and Treasurer for many years. Upon retiring he met with fellow railroad retirees for many gatherings and meals until attendance became more difficult. Daniel volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Benedict Catholic Church, where he was a parishioner since 1975.

Retirement marked the beginning of his struggles with Parkinson's disease and macular degeneration, but through it all he continued to love life, farming, tending to his cattle, and spending time with his growing family. He was unforgettable to everyone he met. His commanding presence, endearing sense of humor, and peaceful strength to the end are matched by none. He loved the Dallas Cowboys, Elvis, his 1984 Chevy Silverado, red tractors, well-fed cows, green grass, family trips to Disney World, and above all his friends and family.

Daniel is survived by his loving wife Jacqueline of 49 years and adoring daughters Danielle (Scott) Burgess, Lisa Travis, and Jennifer Anderson, and his beloved brother Richard and wife Melinda, all of San Antonio. Grandchildren include Kathryn Burgess, Lauren Burgess, Ethan Burgess, Logan Burgess, Mason Burgess, Emmie Kennemore, Gavin Kennemore, Natalie Kennemore, Jake Anderson, and Jed Anderson.

The family wishes to thank his many childhood, railroad, and community friends who were always there for him to lend a helping hand in his later years. He always enjoyed supporting local businesses and he made many friends in doing so. Many thanks to longtime friend John Passano who always saved a seat and a cup of coffee for him at Hero's Ice & Feed on Sunday mornings. Special thanks to his loving brother Richard who was always there for him and able to solve any problem anytime. Special thanks are also due to his lifelong friends, too many to name, for all the help and support given through the years. The family is also grateful for the excellent in-home healthcare provided by Jose Tomasino who helped keep him home where he wanted to be for as long as possible. Many thanks to the staff at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville, Texas, especially nurses Brenda Bailey and Stephanie Moss, for the wonderful care he received. Thank you also to nurse Angel Boggus of Kindred Hospice who proved to be a true angel in the end. To all the friends who visited him at the nursing home, thank you for spending precious time with him in his last days.

A Rosary will be held on Friday, May 31st at 7:00pm at Porter Loring McCullough.

Funeral will be held on Saturday, June 1st at 10:00am at St. Benedict Catholic Church, followed by burial at Salem Sayers
Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Parkinson Voice Project at 646 N. Coit Road, Suite 2250, Richardson, TX 75080 www.ParkinsonVoiceProject.org or St. Benedict Catholic Church, 4535 Lord Road, San Antonio, TX 78220.

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  • Parkinson Voice Project at www.ParkinsonVoiceProject.org or St. Benedict Catholic Church, 4535 Lord Road, San Antonio, TX 78220

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San Antonio, TX 78212
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