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David A. Traum
July 9, 1940 - Jan. 25, 2014
Resident of Antioch
David A. Traum, 73, died peacefully last Saturday following a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Born in Berkeley, David grew up in Kensington. He attended El Cerrito High (1958), and was a member of the track team. Following two years at Contra Costa College, he embarked on an honorable 38-year career in the California Army National Guard, retiring as a Master Sergeant.
David was 34-year member of the Antioch Lions Club, and held multiple leadership positions. He was also president of the Lions Center for the Visually Impaired of Diablo Valley, and was named Director Emeritus for his years of work and dedication.
David was an ardent fan of Bay Area sports teams. He visited Cooperstown multiple times and every Major League ball park. He was also a respected collector of sports memorabilia.
David is predeceased by his parents Paul and Dorathy Traum. He is survived by his only sibling Robert (Valerie) Traum of Henderson, NV.; four nephews Michael (Tracy), Kenneth (Tina), Matthew (Sharon) and Jonathan (Susan) Traum, and their families; and cousin Dr. Arthur (Loretta) Traum and their three children Jeff (Cindy), Amy (Neil) and Anne (Brett) and their families.
A graveside service with veteran's honors will be Friday, January 31, at Noon at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette. A celebration of life will follow. Donations can be made to either the Jacob Traum Award at the UC Davis vet school or the David Traum Endowment for the Lions Center for the Visually Impaired in Pittsburgh, Ca.
David was devoted to a wide array of pursuits and passions in life. Those who knew and loved him will remember the unmistakable twinkle in his eye, keen wit, stoic nature, dedicated leadership and proud independence. He was a good man. He will be missed.

Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 30, 2014
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