Travis Winters McCown
1929 - 2017
BORN
1929
DIED
2017
November 21, 1929 - October 17, 2017
Travis Winters McCown went to rejoice with the Angels in Heaven on October 17, 2017. He was born in Yoakum, Texas to Travis Preston and Hattie Violet McCown. He graduated from Edison High School, and received his Bachelor of Music and Masters of Administration Degrees from Trinity University. During the Korean conflict, he enlisted in the Air Force and joined the USAF Band of the West at Lackland and Kelly AFB. Travis taught band and orchestra in the SAISD for the next 40 years, including 29 years as the Edison High School Golden Bear Band Director. Travis was also a soloist and choir director in the United Methodist Church for 35 years. Travis is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Jane Holst McCown; three children, Travis Mark McCown and wife Deborah, daughter Mary Elizabeth Calk and husband Ethan, and daughter Martha Jane McCown; three grandchildren, Lindsey Lee Oefinger and husband Ryan, Emily Elizabeth Meadows and husband Zachary, and Christopher Curtis Calk; and one great-granddaughter, Finley Lee Oefinger. A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00 pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 6914 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX.
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Published by San Antonio Express-News on Oct. 21, 2017.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Oct
22
Memorial service
2:00p.m.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
6914 Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX
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November 21, 2020

Missing you on your 91st Birthday Daddy. I Love You.
MARY ELIZABETH
Daughter
November 21, 2020
Many thanks for all the beautiful tributes made on behalf of our Daddy. We love and appreciate you all.
Mary Elizabeth
Daughter
October 17, 2020
10-17-2020. 3 years today. Missing our Sweet Wonderful Daddy but you'll always live on forever in our hearts. Thankful for all the glorious memories. Never can see a band halftime show without hearing you announce..."NOW, on with the show!" Never can eat an egg roll without hearing you say, "Man, I could eat a whole plate of these!" Never can jump in the lake without hearing you say, "Bombs away!" Never can drive in the driveway without hearing you say, "We're home the same day we left!" We Love, Love, Love You Daddy.
"The song has ended, but the melody lingers on..."
October 17, 2020
Most of my happiest memories of EHS revolve around the Band Hall. Being there was not drudgery. Being there was not just grinding it out til the next class. Being there was enjoyable. Mr. Mac was a huge part of all that, and I will be forever grateful he allowed me to be in his various bands, but especially his marching band. He didn't know it at the time, but he had a profound effect on my life, and I will be forever appreciative. And I still catch myself humming or remembering pieces of the 'Band Kids Song' at least once a day. Rest in Peace, Mr. Mac....

-Sam
Sam DeViney
October 17, 2020
Still think of Mr. Mac when I see kids enjoying band. It was about fun and teamwork and the enjoyment of music. Love the impact he had on me and many others through his teaching and just being the wonderful , spiritual person he was. Bless to have had him in my life.
Linda McDavitt
Student
October 15, 2020
Mr McCown we still miss you very much. Can't believe it will three years since you left "the neighborhood" You would be happy to know both Renae and Sydney have taken up band and are very good at it. Renae plays clarinet and is a section leader with the Harlandale marching band and wind ensemble. Sydney plays Oboe with her middle school and will join the Harlandale band next year and join Renae. Funny because I graduated from McCollum, Harlandales rival. Please keep a watchful eye over us. Love Greg Rea
Gregory Rea
Neighbor
October 15, 2020
Happy 90th Birthday Daddy. I love you with all my heart.
November 21, 2019
Mr. McCown was amazing teacher and a great role model for many students.
Joyce ann Ehler Thomas
Teacher
October 15, 2019
October 17, 2018
I can't believe it's been a whole year. Missing you so much Daddy. Nothing is the same without you. I love you forever. Til we meet again my Precious Daddy.
October 17, 2018
I have many memories of SAISD Orchestra activities when Travis and I were both Orchestra Directors many years ago. He was a gentle giant who was so much fun to be around. He brightened any room he entered. I just found out today, 7-16-18, that he passed away last year. I know how much his family must miss him. You are all in my prayers. Love and *Hugs*
Mitzi Ruttan-Leatherland
July 16, 2018
Travis had a profound influence on my life. I recently retired after 45 years of band and choir directing, teaching elementary music and piano classes. I loved every minute of it and am the proud mom of the principal trombonist of the Dallas Symphony. I attribute all of this to the wonderful music education and guidance I received from Travis and others like him. I have been truly blessed!
Elyse Wolfe-Hearn
Student
November 5, 2017
Did not get the luxury to know Mr. McCown for a long time, but in the short time I spent with him, I noticed a couple of things: 1. The love his daughters had for him, which tells me what a great father he was to see his daughters with him all the time during his hardest time. 2. The fight this man gave despite the odds and despite the pain and difficulty he was having, he always gave me his best effort which tells me a lot about the strength of his character

I am deeply saddened by this loss and offer my deepest condolences

Much love,
Ernie Jacinto
Ernesto Jacinto
November 5, 2017
Dear Family of Travis,
I was waiting for an email from our church office on when and where the service for Travis would be. Later I heard that it had already taken place, and I missed it. I am so sorry I didn't just check the obituaries first. Please know that I would have been at the service if I had known when it was.

Also, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful human being!
Harriet Phillips
November 3, 2017
I was in the Edison band from 1961 to 1963. Mr. Mac was an inspiration to all of us. I followed his advice and enlisted in the Air Force where I spent 24 years. I'll always be thankful that he pointed me in the right direction. My condolences and prayers go out to his family.
James Houston
October 27, 2017
As a 1963 graduate of Edison and a member of Mr. Mac's proud marching band, I want to offer my condolences to his whole family. Mr. Mac was a leader of young adults finding their way through high school by spending quality time as our Band Director. I'm sure every band member that ever came into contact with Mr. Mac will forever remember his glowing smile and easy going temperament...I will for sure!!!
Lee Mabrito
October 25, 2017
As a 1964 graduate of Edison I can remember how he was always smiling and how much he loved music. Heaven now has a wonderful new Band Director. GOD bless your family.
Shirley Montgomery-Laine
October 24, 2017
Travis was always one of the nicest guys I knew. He had a kind caring heart and he will be missed!
Lance Modawell
October 24, 2017
Rest in Peace, "Uncle Trav"
Sam DeViney
October 24, 2017
He walked into our band class (Whittier Jr High, late 1965) and said he was teaching a month-long session in June to introduce band members to Edison Marching Band. He would teach us to march (NOT just stand around on the field) and play (NOT just while standing still), and after a month we'd put on a "half-time show" for our parents. Two hours a day in June 1965 I attended, with more than few of my friends, and it was so much fun I went in '65 and '66, and decided to go to EHS instead of Jefferson, JUST to be in this man's band. For 3 years, this incredible man gave me probably my best memories of high school, and let me be in his various other bands. Had I gone to Jefferson I would not have met my (future) wife, Cathy. We would not have had our children. We would not have our grandkids. This man changed my entire life, and I am grateful for this man every day of my life. EVERYDAY. Not a day has passed since I graduated that I do not think about this wonderful, wonderful man. If he has touched as many lives, in as many positive ways, as he has mine, he truly has innumerable "Stars in His Crown". And I will always remember him looking at me, while directing, and motioning with his other hand to say, "Not so loud".......Thank You, Mr. Mac, for being you, and letting us be us. Heaven has received a great, GREAT man.
Sam DeViney
Student
October 24, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Travis McCown. He was a fine gentleman and a great band leader. He will be sorely missed and remembered by all he touched in his career. May he rest in peace in the arms of the angels.
Jerri Huff
October 23, 2017
Mr Mac was one of the most influential men I ever knew. He created an atmosphere at the Band Hall that made us all want to spend more time there to grow as musicians, create good memories and build lifetime friendships. He was the great Instructer who inspired us to do better, scolded us at times when we needed it, at worst calling us a bunch of knuckle heads. :). His devotion to our success was without measure. I will always be grateful to him for all he did including the many rides home and arranging for me to go to Drum Major camp. To Mr. Mac's family - thank you for sharing him with all us "Band Kids".

Sincerely,

Andrea Garza Standifer
Class of 78- Drum Major-77, Flute
Fort Worth, TX
Andrea Garza Standifer
Student
October 23, 2017
Billy Graham you were not, you were a million times better. You were there in my most painful insecure day to day life fleshing out the love of God through Christ Jesus down in the trenches with us. My Dad, very much like Mr. Mc.loved God with all his heart his family and others, was torn from me by a massive heart attack the back half of my sophomore year just 16 years old. Mr Mc had what seemed like the whole marching band (I was part of the drum section) attend my Dad's funeral. In two other major decisions for my life during the following two and a half years my mother sent me to Mr Mack for the Godly counsel she knew he would give to me , because she knew of his love and heart for the Lord was just like my Dad's. I was so insecure after my Dad's death but God lovingly placed your husband, your Dad in my life as a strong, faithful, Godly anchor and influence in my life, at least during my school hours. He was the closest thing I had to a Father those last two years.
One of the choices he helped me decide, I had a scholarship to go to a drama college or Nursing. I graduated from UT School of Nursing and served about eleven years as a school nurse where with each student that came into the clinic I used one of the most Beautiful ways to show another person that they are a person of worth and value that he taught me by his example; was that when I would come to talk with him he would set aside whatever he was doing have me sit down then turn his chair/himself totally in my direction, lean forward and look full in my face and helped me believe that at least for just that moment I was a person of worth and value. Thank you sharing him with all of us.
Susan Hummel Schmidt
October 23, 2017
Mr. Mac was always a wonderful, helpful patient man. Taught me everything I knew about music and I loved his classes so much I was in stage band, marching band AND Jazz band! Had some great times because of him. May he rest with the angels.
Desiree Ferris
Student
October 23, 2017
Rest in Peace Mr. Mac,

Thanks for making band so much fun & a place where life long friendships were made, a place everyone loved to be & be a part of & for all the joy you brought into our lives every day.

My days in band were the absolute best time in high school & the gift of music & a flute provided me a gift to share with others for many years to come.

Your heart of gold and your gentle spirit touched countless young lives over the years & the Edison Golden Bear Band was indeed the sharpest band in town, what an amazing legacy you have left behind in this world.

I know the heavens are rejoicing this very day and i know that Cynthia Segovia, Cathy Moreno Boyd and Sandra Martinez Gueda are right there with you creating the best band ever, I see the Lord rejoicing as the Travis W. McCown band marches through the heavens.

"Well done Good and faithful servant". Rest in Eternal.Peace Mr. Mac, you are loved and missed.

Shirley Kraft with Dan Dame, Rebecca C. Reyes, Liza Rodriguez Fuentes, Gilbert Fuentes Gloria Lewis and Barbara Messer.

Thomas A. Edison High School Golden Bear Band
Class of 1979.
Shirley Kraft
October 23, 2017
The Standley's are so sorry for your loss. I personally will always have great memories of Mr. McCown - his gentle personality, sense of humor and welcoming spirit - he will be missed so much. Love to you all.
October 23, 2017
Every time I reminisce with friends about "old school times", Mr. Mac is NEVER left out! My first band director in my first year in public high school and my only year at Edison!! Mac taught me a love and appreciation for the trombone, against my wishes to join the percussion section! I was privileged to see Mr. Mac during the next decades at football games and parades, He never forgot who I was! What a guy!! I am honored to have known him and will never forget him!
Thank you Mr. Mac. and God Bless your family Always,
Larry Contreras
Lorenzo Contreras
October 23, 2017
To the McCown family we are very sorry for your loss of a great man. Travis and the rest of your family welcomed us with open arms and hearts when we moved into the Angie neighborhood. Elizabeth, you and Travis always delighted in seeing my girls playing out front and y'all always made it a point to stop if you were driving by and we were outside, to say hi. We will miss seeing Travis outside. Here on earth we lost a great man and God has placed his arm around that great man and told him welcome home. We love y'all with all our hearts and will keep all of y'all in our daily prayers.

Sincerely and with heavy hearts,

Kristen, Renae, Sydney and Greg Rea
Greg Rea
October 23, 2017
Mr. Mac you will be miss as a icon to many but I will always remember the day I could not get something right time after time and I was the knot head that day although you did not give up on me I finally got it . I truly appreciate everything you did for me and every single student before me and after me ! We had the best Christmas trees ever and the best leader icon any one in world would want to have had as a mentor. May you Rest In Peace and let the light shine upon you !
God bless your strong family at this time of need and forever!
Mr Mac
Yours truly
Jesse Loredo 1982 drumline
Jesse Lorefo
Student
October 23, 2017
Having been in the Marching band beginning 1972, playing saxophone, to graduating in 1975 as a twirler, I count myself as a very blessed individual to have had Mr. McCown for 4 years at Edison High School. He was always so charitable with praise, and so incredibly patient. As I sat at the Memorial and listened to the beautiful words and songs, I could almost sense him looking down over all of us telling his family Im so proud, yall did real good! He was loved by all and truly one of a kind. My sincere sympathy to everyone whose lives he touched that will be missing him.
Carol Klabunde-Koenig
Student
October 23, 2017
I will always remember Mr. Mac for all his dedication and encouragement he gave unselfishly. Being in band was the best experience I had in high school . I will always cherish the wonderful memories I made with my fellow band members but especially with Mr. Mac. God bless you Mr. Mac. May you rest in heavenly peace.
Barbara Messer
Student
October 23, 2017
Mr. Mac, you inspired me to be the best version of myself, always offering encouragement and helping me build confidence. You gave all of us, your "band kids" a safe place in your band hall and created a sense of family that we carry on to this day. Thank you for being that gentle, yet strong, role model we so needed. Thank you for the laughter, the corny jokes, the fun songs you made us play. You will forever remain in our hearts.

Olga Wright
EHS Band Alumni
Class of 1976
"From McCown's Band"
Olga Wright
Student
October 22, 2017
Memories of 1966 and being in his first homeroom class. Mr. Mc as we called him. Always smiling, kind and also firm with us when needed. He will be greatly missed by all those touched by his life.

God be with his family and give them peace and comfort.

In His grace,
Carolyn Montgomery Nunn
October 22, 2017
Mr. Mac was one of the most compassionate teachers I had the pleasure of crossing paths with during my time at Edison. Looking back on my high school days I wish I'd stayed in the band instead of taking a different path.

Thank you, for your devotion to the students.

Jackie Mesch Ledford
Class of 1974
Jackie Ledford
October 22, 2017
Mr. Mac was a wonderful man and band director who had infinite patience for a bunch of silly teenage girls. I so enjoyed seeing him at our 50th reunion of the Class of 1962. Prayers to the family. He will surely be missed. Janet Hodges McDaniel, Abilene,Tx.
October 22, 2017
My condolences to the McCown family. Gain strength in this most difficult time by knowing Mr. Mac was loved by so many. RIP.

Mary Sullivan
October 22, 2017
If I could go back in time... I would go back to those times in your band hall. It was our happy place. It was a fertile ground and you always encouraged me to always take the next step. Always had a kind word for everyone. Thanks for introducing us to so many new things, not to mention all the rides home after school. We will always be grateful for you love and guidance.
Dogan Kartaltepe
October 22, 2017
What a great guy. He will be missed by all.

Billy Weathers Class of 1962 Marching Band
Billy Weathers
October 22, 2017
Mr. Mac was an inspiration to me and many, many other of his "band kids" over the years. I probably wouldn't still be playing without the encouragement he gave me. He was a light in the world and his passing leaves the world a darker place. Rest In Peace.

James "Jim" Wells
Trombone
EHS Class of 1980
James Wells
October 22, 2017
A wonderful man, a person that was always there with a smile and positive word. He made music fun and Band was like a family. All my good times at Edison revolved around the amazing teachers I was privileged to have and he was one of the best because I knew he cared and was pushing me in the right direction. I am especially thankful that I was able to talk with he and Mrs. Mac on the phone at the end of the summer. He sounded like it was just yesterday that he was my band director and I was his student. Amazing moments.

Linda McDavitt
Class of 1964
October 21, 2017
I was in Edison's Marching Band from 1965 to 1967, when I graduated. Mr. Mac exhibited the Fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). I am fortunate and blessed to have known him. Our loss is Heaven's gain.

Cheryl (Green) Fields
Edison High School Class of 1967
Cheryl (Green) Fields
October 21, 2017
I have been reading all of these condolences and testimonies to this wonderful man. I graduated in 63 and was honored to have been a member of the Golden Bear Band for those three years! McCown's Band is what we called it in one of our songs! We always felt this man's love for us and we loved him in return! So many life lessons I learned from him and was so fortunate to have been friends with him all my life. His love of music he shared with me and I was able to share this with my children and grandchildren. All band kids! We saw the love and devotion he had for his family at all times and still had time to share it with us! He will forever be in our hearts! I know there is a special place for him in heaven and what an awesome band that must be! My love to you Mrs. Mac and your family! Thanks for sharing him with us!
Diana Clifton Edwards
Student
October 21, 2017
Mr. Mac was one of my favorite teachers!!. I was in the marching band from 1970- 1972. Always patient and caring with his students. Will hold those times close to my heart. My condolences and prayers to the family. There is going to be some beautiful music up in heaven !!!
Alma Monsivais esquivel
October 21, 2017
I first saw him when my grandmother took me to a parade. I was in awe of the band and when he smiled and waved to me that day, I knew I wanted to be a member of the Golden Bear Band.

I will forever be grateful he let me fulfill my dream of not only playing in Marching Band but Stage Band as well.

One of my favorite memories was when he cued us to play Make Me Smile. He did so by pointing to his wonderful smile.

To this day he is the nicest man I have ever met.

Class of 1974
Alan Boedeker
October 21, 2017
joyceann thomas
October 21, 2017
Never had band or choir, but am so thankful to have been a student at Edison during Mr Mccown's time. He was an excellent role model for us all .. Thank God for men like him !
Ron Krueger
October 21, 2017
'62 alum, Honey Bear. Fond memories of marching with his band. He was a kind man, loved by all. Peace and comfort to his family- Patty Felder Lahtinen
Pat Lahtinen
October 21, 2017
HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS,A GOOD MAN
Jim ward
October 21, 2017
Peggy Kosub-Butler
October 21, 2017
Peggy Kosub-Butler
October 21, 2017
Peggy Kosub-Butler
October 21, 2017

Mr. Mac brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget him.
He will remain in our hearts forever.
EHS Class of 1962
Peggy Kosub-Butler
October 21, 2017
MR. MCCOWN WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST MEN OF GOD I HAVE EVER KNOWN!
HE WAS MY BAND TEACHER IN TWO CLASSES, I WAS A VERY BAD KID, AND HE HAD EVERY RIGHT TO NOT TREAT ME WITH THE GRACE AND KINDLY SPIRIT IN WHICH HE SHARED WITH ME.
IN SHORT BECAUSE OF MR. MCCOWN AND YOUR MOM PRAYERS MY LIFE CHANGED, FROM CRIME TO CHRIST.
I TELL THE STORY OFTEN HOW HE CALLED ME AT WORK AFTER I DROPED OUT OF SCHOOL AND SIMPLY SAID...I MISS YOU IN CLASS AND MY WIFE AND I ARE PRAYING FOR YOU.
NOT LONG AFTER THAT I GAVE MY HEART TO CHRIST, AND NOW I AM IN MY 40 YEAR OF PASTORATE.
I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL, AND COLLEGE AND BECAUSE OF THE LOVE AND PRAYERS OF YOUR DAD AND MOM.
THEY SIMPLY LOVED ME AND SHOWED ME CHRIST...I WILL BE FOREVER GREATFUL.
ELLIS J.(JOHNNY) VILLARREAL
ELLIS VILLARREAL
October 21, 2017
Me Mac loved his Band Kids and we all knew it. Before any event Mr Mac would lead the band in prayer. We always knew where this great man stood in his heart. God bless you Mr Mac. You will be missed.
Norm Hummel
October 21, 2017
Mr. Mac and his parents went to my church, and I graduated from Edison in 1961. Mr. Mac was always a "First Class Act." He blessed my life in many ways. See you in heaven, Mr. Mac!
Grace Voges James
October 21, 2017
EHS class of 1972
Jovita Ann Gonzales Harber
October 21, 2017
My condolences to his family. I will always remember a kind and patient man. He will be missed
Alma Gonzales Martin
Student
October 21, 2017
As an alumni fr the class of 1972, I wish to express my condolences & prayers to the family, band members & anyone who had both the honor & pleasure of knowing Mr Mac...he was an awesome person & truly will b missed...may the perpetual light shine upon him & may he rest n peace... AMEN
Jovita Ann Gonzales Harber
October 21, 2017
What a wonderful man, filled with the love of Jesus.Using his gift from God, music, he touched so many people. I wish to thank him for my "band days" memories. Later Iin life, he was our neighbor. who was always so kind.. Sing a solo for us in Heaven. Our love and only the best for his family.
Curtis, Frances, Darrell & Jeanine Kidwell Franz
October 21, 2017
As a senior in 1968 at Edison High School I was looking for an easy senior year academically before graduating. I was placed in what officially was Orchestra Band and what some would call "B" Band. Mr. McCown made it a lot of fun and educational in how to read music and play an instrument (coronet) which I had never done before. He was a great teacher and one of those I have never forgotten. Rest in Peace.
October 21, 2017
I was not in band, but I spent my early mornings marching in the Pep Squad during the football season, with you and Mrs. Buescher on your megaphones on the roof. You were a very kind and encouraging man. You had a smile for everyone in the hallways. Later in life, you used to come into Cracker Barrel with your family. You still had that sweet smile on your face, and that kind nature about you. You will certainly be missed, and may the Lord bless your family as they go through this season of life without you.
Lisa Schwenn
October 21, 2017
Thank you Mr. Mac. You and the Golden Bear band changed my life. Band opened up a little shy girl to a world of possibilities. You were always so kind and worked so hard. Your life has ripples you may not even be aware of. I am so grateful you were part of my life. Rest in peace and rock that heavenly band.
Christine Mendez Salenga
October 21, 2017
Thank you, Mr. Mac for enhancing my love for music. When ever I hear the intro song to MASH I have and will always think of you. My deepest most heart felt Condolences to your family.
Sandra Valdez - Quiroz
October 21, 2017
I'm very honored to have known Mr.Mac.at Edison in the 1970s as a Honey Bear and then as President of that organization my senior year to work closely with him on halftime shows.What a good, talented,patient man!!My sincerest condolences to the whole McCown family.
Tere Ferrell
October 21, 2017
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