Travis Alan Morgado
2LT US Army
Travis Alan Morgado was born in Los Gatos, California on March 27, 1987. He was an inquisitive child and grew to be an intelligent and caring young man. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2009 with a degree in civil engineering.
After graduation he informed the family that we wanted to join the military to give back to his country for the opportunities he was given. His decision was a surprise to us since we really had no family in the military and Travis would be the first. Despite our efforts to convince him otherwise, Travis was determined to serve his country and in the end we respected and supported his decision while trying to remain as positive as possible. He applied for Officer Candidate School in the Army and was accepted. He left for basic training in November 2010 and spent the next year training in the Army. He completed OCS, Infantry School, Ranger School, Airborne School, and was then deployed to join his platoon in March 2012. He was killed while on patrol on May 23, 2012.
Travis touched the lives of so many people. Words cannot begin to describe the wonderful person he became. He genuinely cared about the people he knew and met. He was encouraging beyond normal. He made you feel that he wanted you to succeed in whatever it is you were trying to do. His positive influence was felt by everyone that he came in contact with - from long term friends to the brief acquaintances. Growing up he asked a million questions. Hardly an exaggeration. As his mother I did my best to give him common sense answers to all this questions. He worried about his siblings and his relatives and even his parents. Even when deployed to such a dangerous place, he worried for his family and friends more than for himself. He had an incredible memory. By the time he was 10 years old, he knew the names of all the dinosaurs and which period they existed. After reading Jurassic Park (at age 10) he said "they didn't even use the right dinosaurs that existed in the Jurassic period." He was methodical and intense. While in Army training he amazed his fellow soldiers by memorizing their gun numbers, their social security numbers, and even their mother's and girlfriend's cell phone numbers. He loved to tease and kid and joke. He had a subtle sense of humor. He was loved by many. He was an amazing man.
He loved his siblings and small cousins fiercely and had many friends who considered him as a brother. He is survived by his mother, Andrea Velasquez Kessler and step-dad Dean Kessler, his father, Joe Morgado and step-mom Nancy Morgado, his brothers Eric Morgado, Carlos Morgado, Connor Morgado, his sisters, Sofia Kessler, and Ana Morgado, his grandparents, Manuel Mary Morgado, Juanita David King, Fortunato Velasquez, great-grandmother, Lupe Caballero, many loving aunts and uncles, countless cousins and relatives, and so many friends.
We will keep his life energy in our hearts and minds and remember him as the amazing man that he was.
Travis was honored by the Mayor of Edmonds, WA, where he grew up with his mother and family.
His memorial will be held at the Darling Fischer chapel in Campbell, California on Sunday, June 3rd beginning at 3pm. The graveside funeral will begin at St. John Vianney in San Jose at a special mass at 11 am on Tuesday, June 5th. The graveside services will be held at Calvary Cemetery on Capitol Ave and Alum Rock Ave in San Jose following the mass. Please make a contribution to the
in Travis's name. We suggest the Heifer Foundation.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on June 3, 2012