Tucson, Ariz.
Dr. Robert Travis, DDS, 84, died Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, in Tucson, Ariz.
Bob was born in the Texas Panhandle of Follett, Texas on May 26, 1925 to George E. and Leola M. Travis. He graduated from Follett High School, attended West Texas State College in Canyon and in 1947 graduated with honors from Baylor Dental School in Dallas. In 1944 he married Edna Mae Mauldin of Dalhart.  They were married for 61 years until her death on Dec. 13, 2005. Edna and Bob moved to Orange with a U.S. Navy dentistry assignment in 1949.   Bob retired from the dental profession in 1985 after 36 years of private practice.  During that time he never turned a family away who needed his help. Bob took advantage of Orange’s tropical climate to raise plants and orchids of all origins.  When he moved to Tucson in 2006, after Edna’s demise, he donated all orchids to Stark Botanical Gardens. Bob also enjoyed the art of Bonsai. His many specimens were mostly collected from the woods of East Texas.  The majority of his best and oldest “little trees” were, unfortunately, lost in Hurricane Rita.   Bob’s other hobby was painting.  Many of his oil paintings have gained wide acclaim from favored recipients, as well as art critics.
Doctor Bob is survived by two daughters, Mary Pat Dodds Zepeda of Tucson, Ariz. and Helen Kay LaBure Jennings of Roosevelt, Okla.; Four grandchildren, Brett Elizabeth and William Drew Dodds of Tucson and Julia Kelly and Robert Travis LaBure of Pt. Neches; two great-grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth Dodds of Tucson and  Kaden Paul LaBure of Pt Neches; three sisters, Mrs. Jack (Trixie) Brown, Monterey, Calif., Mrs. Jan Goff, Poteau, Okla., Mrs. Pat Edwards, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and a brother, James (Dugie) Travis, of Boerne, Texas.
Memorial contributions can be given to local food banks in your area.