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


Travis Edmonson in Memoriam

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Reverend BHAGAVAN FRIEND writes

"After nearly a lifetime of enjoying Travis - I first began to listen to Bud and Travis when I was 13 years old and still have their first album - I am very saddened to hear of his passing. Our world is a poorer place without him and his kind.

In honor of Travis - I and a small group of friends sang the whole first Bud and Travis album last night. They are younger than I - so they did not have the personal connection that I feel. But as we sang song after song - I could see that light come into their eyes that both Bud and Travis brought to us in days long past. I believe that we must pass this wonderful music and spirit on to those who will survive us.

Our time was unique in so many ways. It was different than almost any other generation. We did things and opened new doors (some not so good - but most good and others really great) perhaps more than any generation before and certainly since."
RICK SNYDER in California grew up with Bud Dashiell as a family friend, but had equal admiration for Travis.

"Bud & Travis were a huge part of my upbringing. Their music has been one of the key "building blocks" that the foundation of my life is built on. My love of music, how I perceive the world, my ability to recognize beauty has all been affected by them.

Although I did not know Travis personally, the fact that so many have been affected by the man says volumes of his value."

JERRY ZIELKE in Illinois especially related to the humanitarian in Travis.

“I hope my prayers and thoughts were able to help Travis through his last years.”

BRETT SLATKIN sends his warmest condolences on Travis' passing.

“My heart's with Travis' family in this time of loss and pain.”

Entertainer JOHN SHADE VICK in Florida will always cherish Travis' early composition, “Truly Do.”

“I'm very sorry to hear about Travis. I will treasure his music. "Truly Do" makes it onto every mixed CD I make for friends, and I've actually been planning on covering it in my band. Such a wonderful, amazing song among many amazing songs. What a talent!”

Entertainer BROWNIE MCINTOSH in Massachusetts kept a prayer vigil for Travis, and writes,

“I was very sorry to learn of Travis' passing. I would love to have had a chance to meet him. I continue to enjoy his albums. My thoughts and prayers are with him.”

Former Billboard staffer, Prof. CLAUDE HALL, will always be a devoted Travis fan

“I can remember songs that I heard at age 8 and 9. Verses.  I would suppose that music has always been a part of my life. I'm grateful that Bud and Travis were part of my life.”

BOB BURLINSON  in New York treasures the friendship he made with Travis and Rose Marie.

”Travis will live on with so many of us, with his music and, for those of us who were fortunate enough to have known him personally, and to have seen him perform at the height of his powers, have  rich memories of his superior talents, his incredible strength, personality and humor.
He and  Rosemarie are in our prayers.”

ED GUNNY in southern California remembers Travis for all his glowing qualities.

“My thoughts go to all those close to Travis. I will listen to him today.
My interest in Travis Edmonson's condition goes beyond merely the "passing parade."  Beyond touching the lives of those closest to him, Mr. Edmonson has left a permanent monument the future will enjoy. He will always be appreciated as a human being and a wonderful artist.

CDR. ROWLETT "MOOSE" BRUCE USN kept a prayer vigil during Travis' last illness.

“I was greatly saddened to learn of Travis' passing yesterday. He was a fighter to the end. I will always remember the wonderful concerts I attended as a young Naval Officer. He and Bud were the best!   Travis was only 3 years older than I am and I wish I had had the opportunity to have known him on a more personal level. He will be missed greatly by family and friends. I have all the B & T CDs and will continue listening to them often.  My condolences to his family.”
ANNE SULLIVAN in Arizona always remembered Travis in her prayers.

“I am so sorry to hear of Travis' passing. What a gift he had and what a joy he brought to so many lives. I pray his wife will feel our care and prayers for her in this time of loss for her.  I also pray that she realizes that Travis lives on and is without pain and is added to the many in heaven who will sing again for us when it is our time.”

DAN FIELD in Missouri remembers not just the music, but the heroic man behind it.

“I am saddened beyond words. As I followed Travis' struggle over the past year, everything I read tells me that he faced his illness with the courage and grace that so distinguished his life and that made him so special to those of us who grew up with his music and his humor and his zest for life.”

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HARRY JOHNSON in Minnesota kept close to Travis' situation in the past months.

”Our sympathies to Travis's friends and family. We have lost a  really talented and unforgettable person. Travis was a classic.”

Paul WASSERBOEHR in Maine sends his condolences.

May God rest Travis' soul and help him find eternal peace.
ROSANNE  BUSCH  in Arizona is determined to keep Travis' legacy alive.

“What very sad news. I will cherish each and every song I ever hear from Travis and Bud. I'm sure Travis will be connecting with Bud in Heaven, and the music they again play will be beyond belief.
Isn't it wonderful to have known such fabulous talent. I'm sure all Travis' fans throughout the world will be sad at his passing.  I will treasure his albums for as long as I live, and pass them along to my children, to say I lived in a time when this wonderful music was available to

STEVE JONES in southern California extends his sympathy.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Travis' wife and his closest friends, which he had many. We have lost a good person and a great musician. Please give his wife my sorrow and my thoughts.”

DUANE VINCENT  in Washington State is praying for the repose of Travis' soul.

“Sadly, we have lost Travis. He must have been very near to 80 years old. I shall pray for him today at Mass.”

MICHAEL CHAKERIAN and LISA PENNINGTON join in their tribute to Travis.

“We are so sorry to hear that Travis has passed on. He gave it the good fight. His memory will be treasured forever through his music, poetry and good deeds. Please pass on our deepest condolences to his family.”

LENORE MAHLER in Idaho always remained concerned about Travis' situation.

"”I am so sorry to hear of such a great loss."

JOE D. SANTOYO in southern California writes about receiving the news of Travis' passing.

”It was difficult to open the e-mail. Even though I never met Travis, he is part of my life, because I have kept on liking his music for so many years. And since I first saw his face on that Santa Monica Album I loved that face. Every time I have listened to his music I say to myself,
'It is so great that a gringo can love Mexican music so much.'

He will always be with us, because souls have
bonds that never break.

BILL IMMERMAN in Los Angeles offered his own assistance during Travis' last illness.

“My condolences to Travis' family and friends. He will be remembered always by the wonderful music legacy he left behind “

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MIKE SOS followed Travis' progress and struggle closely.

“My condolences to family and friends of Travis Edmunson in his passing.”

KERRY BYRNES has played his part in keeping Travis' legacy alive.

”Travis put up the long and hard fight.  His passing brings tears, as it also reminds me of the many other fine folk singers and entertainers we've lost over the past year or so. I very much valued the music of Bud & Travis -- and so today should put on one of their CDs, probably the Latin Album.”

TERRI WILBANKS in Alabama kept her own vigil for Travis.

“My prayers will continue to be with him.”

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