Travis Edmonson of Bud & Travis
September 23, 1932 - May 9, 2009


Travis Edmonson in Memoriam

The Memorial Service for Travis Edmonson on May 28, 2009

The 3 pm memorial services for Travis Edmonson  were held at the splendid and very serene St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson. It was a sunny and warm day, and the church was filled to capacity.

Memorial Service for Travis Edmonson

A painting of Travis was on display at the alter (see eulogy page) to bring his presence ever closer. Mike Bartlett was the planning coordinator, and he and Steven Edmonson (Travis' son) both gave very touching and moving eulogies.

Steve Edmonson at Memorial Service for Travis Edmonson
Steven Edmonson

Mike asked the congregation to share their Travis memories, and numerous people stood and gave very heartfelt stories.  Each recalled their own connections and the influences that Travis had on their lives, speaking about his talents, grace, style, humor and ability to connect with everyone he met, his Rose-Marie, his wonderful family and how blessed they were to have known him and his music. Unfortunately, there was not enough time for everyone who wanted to speak to pay such tributes.

Gerry Glombecki  and Earl Edmonson

Among the musical performers were Ted Ramirez and Michael Ronstadt (from the Santa Cruz River Band), Gerry Glombecki (Travis' music partner), Earl Edmonson (Travis' nephew) and Ellen Murphy and Erin Kissel (Travis' daughters).

Santa Cruz River Band at Memorial Service for Travis Edmonson
Michael Ronstadt and Ted Ramirez (The Santa Cruz River Band)

The recessional music was a recording of a song that Travis wrote, "The Things I've Saved," describing how he wanted to be remembered.
After the services, friends and admirers gathered outside the sunny courtyard or inside the church to offer condolences to Travis' family and to speak about the singular man being honored.

Jeff Williams and Bert Williams play in celebration of Travis Edmonson
Jeff Williams and Bert Williams play in celebration of Travis' life

Many also attended a dinner and musical salute coordinated by Bonnie Brock at the Old Town Artisans in Downtown Tucson. It was a very informal gathering where people shared stories, laughed, played and sang Travis' music. Being together to share their feelings made the evening poignant as well as a celebration of Travis' life and career.

Some of the musicians who contributed were Ron Iverson, Art Yow, Jeff Williams and Bert Williams and Don and Victoria Armstrong.

Eulogy by Mike Bartlett

Order of Service

In Memoriam page   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9


An Appreciation of Travis Edmonson
with a very special Malagueña Salerosa

Other Tributes
Mudcat Discussion Forum

Folk singer Lynn Gold on the magic of Travis Edmonson

"The Things I've Saved"
from "Travis on His Own"