Beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin Travis Joshua Kraus, 28, of Thousand Oaks passed away 12/12/12.
He was born December 4, 1984, the son of Linn and Jennifer (Hahn) Kraus. He grew up in Thousand Oaks, attended University Elementary School, Redwood Intermediate School, and graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2002. Travis was a candidate to graduate with a bachelor's degree in May of 2013 at California State University Channel Islands, majoring in Communications.
Travis had a calling for the ocean, a love of travel, and a raw zest for life. His passion for surfing and reverence of the water prepared him to be an awe-inspiring member of the TOHS water polo team. He studied abroad in Germany, building many international friendships. While exploring the region, he learned to speak the language.
Travis had a boy-ish charm that had a way of melting the hearts of those around him, particularly women, children, and the elderly. He was beautiful, strong, vibrant and charismatic, with a heart as big as the ocean and his presence larger than life; forever creating a lasting impression on the lives of those he touched. Gone but never forgotten, your kindred spirit lives eternally within our hearts.
Travis is survived by his parents Linn and Jennifer Kraus; his brother, Dustin; and his sister, Maegan. He also leaves his paternal grandmother, Barbara Kraus, of Phoenix, Ariz.; his much-loved "four-legged sisters" Maggie, Gracie, Frenchie and Dixie; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the United States. Travis is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Frank and Audrey Hahn; his paternal grandfather Stuart Kraus; and his uncle Joe Kraus.
Travis' Memorial Services and Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home & Memorial, located at 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo, 93012. As this is a celebration of his life, the family asks that attire for the event be colorful, like Travis. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to: Surfrider Spirit Sessions Catching Waves & Changing Lives (surfspirit.org/donate) or Canoga Park Salvation Army ARC (21375 Rosco Blvd. Canoga Park, CA 91304).