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1980 - 2019
MITCHELL, Travis James Age 38, of Boston, MA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 18, 2019. Travis was born in Clinton, Iowa on February 10, 1980. While Travis grew up in San Antonio, Texas, he spent many summers in Iowa where he loved enjoying time with his family and friends and never forgot the beautiful Iowa sky. Travis graduated from Judson High School in Converse, Texas, where he created the beloved mascot "Rocket Man." In San Antonio, Travis worked in the food service industry where he developed many lifelong friendships that were sustained throughout his life. Travis cherished his many San Antonio friends as family and was lovingly known for his "family nights."

Travis met Christopher Joseph in San Antonio where they were married on October 10, 2009. In 2010, they relocated to Boston, where they quickly immersed themselves into Boston culture, prospering in their careers and enjoying family, as well as making many friends part of their family. Both Travis and Chris believed in the motto, "Work hard to play hard," a sentiment that was evident in their travels from Thailand to South Africa to Iceland and beyond. They loved exploring the world and they left a trail of funny jokes and memorable moments behind them wherever they went. Their Boston home was a place to land for many people; whether it was for fun or for support, Travis and Chris were the heart of their community.

Travis worked for Tavistock Restaurant Collection for nine years. He began as a bartender, quickly made a name for himself, and was promoted several times before securing the position as General Manager at Joe's Newberry in 2016. During this time Travis was nominated for Boston Business Journal's 40 under 40. Travis was the ultimate people person and had a wonderful ability to bring people together to create something extraordinary.

Travis joined DotOUT in 2010 as the Co-Vice President on the board where he lead the design and construction of the DotOUT's award winning floats for Boston Pride parade annually. Travis, in the true spirit of DotOUT, had the unique ability to Connect the Dots between people, make bridges, and had a tremendous impact on the LGBTQ community in Boston. Travis also loved playing Disc golf with his friends.

Travis is survived by his spouse Christopher Joseph, his mother and stepfather Janna and James Hawkins, by his sister Candra Ramirez (Rene), and his niece Sloane Ramirez. He is also survived by his in-laws Jennileen Joseph, Chaitra Sanders (Lisa), Seantrell Smith, Rayne Bernier (Jason), Keith Sanders Jr. (Tamara) and Shaquille Smith, and his nieces and nephews Elizabeth Sanders, Julia Sanders, Abigail Sanders, Avery Loukas, Aryanna Hackshaw, Rosie Bernier, Angelee Bernier, Azaria Bernier, Evan Loukas, Joshua Bernier, and other family and friends.

Visitation and viewing will be held Wednesday, 12pm-4pm at Waterman Langone Funeral Home, 580 Commercial Street in BOSTON, MA 02109. Following the visitation there will be a Celebration of Life for Travis at Top Catch at Joe's Waterfront, 100 Atlantic Ave in Boston, MA 02110.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to DotOUT at DotOut.org or to GoFundMehttps://www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-tra vis-mitchell
Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 22, 2019
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