Keith Travis

Keith TravisKeith Travis, surrounded by his loving family, transitioned from life on July 20, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer

Respecting Keith’s final wishes, there will be no traditional service. Instead, a private celebration of his life will be held at a later date for close friends and family.

He was born June 23, 1956, in Los Angeles, where he attended Crenshaw High School and Northridge University, later earning a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies.

Keith was preceded in death by his grandmother, Margaret “Nana” Gedonius, sister Jocelyn Pittman and nephew Alex F. Moore. He is survived by his son Keith L. Travis II and fiancée Brandy of Fresno; his mother Margaret “Maggi” Wade of Ridgecrest; brother, Preston Wade and wife Lynn of Ridgecrest; three adored grandchildren, Malia, Makayla and Kaden Travis; three nephews D’Ron Pittman of Santa Barbara, Curtis Saxon of Los Angeles and Camden Wade of Ridgecrest; niece Megan Wade of Bakersfield and a great-niece, Kaia Saxon of Ridgecrest.

To those who knew him, Keith was a quietly spiritual man and a very private person. He moved to Ridgecrest in the early ’80s to raise his son and be near his extended family. He worked first for Comarco, WSD, a local defense contractor. In July 1987 he accepted a job at Searles Valley Minerals where he began as a helper/laborer, moving into a front-line position as a senior technician, a position he held until his untimely death.

To Keith, his most important assignment in life was his commitment to his son. He took particular pride as an active, single father, encouraging and supporting his son’s academic development. He supported enthusiastically his son’s progression in football starting with IWV Little League to Fresno State which culminated in a career for the younger Keith as a football and track coach at Fresno City College. He also holds the position as athletic director at Gaston Middle School in Fresno. Both father and son have been lifelong 49er fans.

— Submitted by the family of Keith Travis

Story First Published: 2018-08-03