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Warren Craig Traweek

1942 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Warren Craig Traweek Obituary
Warren Craig Traweek 71, passed away March 31, 2014. He was born May 22, 1942 in Dallas, Texas, the son of a Southern Baptist preacher and his school teacher wife. He married Cleta Branham in 1964. This May 22 will be their 50th wedding anniversary and Warren's 72nd birthday. In 1965, Warren and Cleta left Texas and drove to California, not knowing where they would work or live. They settled in Redondo Beach, renting an apartment one block from the ocean. Warren surfed every day after work. The young couple thought they would stay on the beach forever, but Warren was drafted in 1967 and served in Vietnam as a crew chief and door gunner on a Huey B-model in D Company, 227th Aviation Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Division, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was wounded on the first day of the Tet Offensive and received the Purple Heart. After the war he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Commercial Design at the University of Arizona and pursued graduate studies as well. Warren served as Ventilation Engineer at Magma Copper; Mine Inspector at the state level; Federal Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) National Special Investigator; Corporate Safety Coordinator/Mine Production Superintendent at Duval/ Western Ag Minerals; Western States Potash Industry Representative to Washington, D.C.; Director of Safety and Health at ASARCO (Hayden, AZ) and Corporate Safety and Health Director at BHP Copper (San Manuel). Warren's passion was sport aviation. He flew a 1946 Luscombe 8A (Silvaire), tail number NC2227K, for 43 years. His vintage planes and hangars are at Ray Blair Airport, San Manuel where his nephew, Parrish Traweek owns PC Aircraft. He was a painter, sculptor and artist in a surrealist art deco style, merging natural forms with industrial structure. In his career he traveled to Australia, South America, Africa, and throughout North America, taking extra time to experience the best that each locale had to offer. In his retirement years he flew the Yukon and the Arctic Circle in a small single-engined aircraft and thoroughly enjoyed life at the San Manuel Airport. Warren is survived by his wife of 49 plus years, Cleta, whom he loved deeply; his sons, Brian and Brad; grandchildren, Claire, Adam, Sam, David, and Ruby; sisters, Ureta and Janet; brother, Jack and their families. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Avalon Chapel.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 13, 2014
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