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Paul Alan Trafas

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Paul Alan Trafas

Age 63, passed away December 2, 2012. He was born to Helene and Peter L. Trafas, M.D. on September 6, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan. He is survived by his brothers, Peter L. Trafas, Jr, and Mark A. Trafas. He left behind 2 sons and 3 daughters, Adam, Gabriel, Nicolee, Vanessa and Martena. He was fortunate enough to see 3 grandchildren, Logan 4, Dylan Rose 2, and Liberty 2 mos. He is also survived by his former wife, Alison, with whom he remained close friends. Paul's parents moved to Long Beach in the early fifties after his father had discovered Southern California during his work as a Sergeant at the Naval Hospital in Long Beach. Paul attended Tincher Elementary, Hill Jr. High and Wilson High School, where he earned all CIF honors as a defensive tackle for the Bruins. He went on to play football at UCLA, where he discontinued his football career to join the Marine Corps Reserve toward the end of the Vietnam War, in case he was needed. After graduating UCLA, Paul sought the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. He took his first wife, Stephanie and their first son to Missoula, Montana to pursue graduate studies in Public Administration at the U of M. Montana always held a special place in his heart. After the end of his first marriage he returned to California to pursue an acting career that began during his collegiate days with the Vince Lombardi Story. His children enjoyed seeing him riding motorcycles on CHIPS, wearing uniforms in various military roles, and gaining credits in such movies as Ghostbusters. While acting always intrigued him, his true passion was politics. He was always good for a clear deliniatiion of measures, props, and the orientation of candidates. He had worked on political campaigns and was especially fond of environmental issues. He helped raise funds for the California League of Conservation Voters and was a member of various environmental coalitions including Sierra Club. He was a surfer, a backpacker, and an avid sports enthusiast. He had an intense personality that was highlighted by intellectual pursuit, physical activity, and a fierce loyalty to family, friends, and teammates. In his later years he was especially involved in the lives of his 3 daughters, to whom he was extremely devoted and caring. Paul left us suddenly and much too soon. He will be sorely missed and forever remembered. A memorial service will be held at St. Lukes on Atlantic and 7th in Long Beach at 1pm on Monday, December 17. Anyone who knew him or remembers him is encouraged to attend, enjoy food and drink, as well as share stories after. Luyben Family Dilday-Mottell Mortuary
(562) 425-6401

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, 2012
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