TRAVIS HOFFMAN Steen
TRAVIS HOFFMAN STEEN 1918 - 2016 Travis Steen passed away on October 3, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, in 1918, the youngest of three brothers. He married Mary Ann Pattalochi in 1948 and adopted her 4-year-old daughter Lana; the couple had another daughter, Cindy, in 1950. For many years Travis ran an appliance repair shop and was also in the propane business with his cousin Buster Hoffman. In 1960 the Steens moved to Lompoc, California, and Travis began his career as an electrician, eventually working at Vandenberg Air Force base, on oil drilling platforms along the Pacific coast, and for the Sambos Restaurant chain. In 1964 the Steens relocated to Santa Barbara, where they owned a triplex just a few blocks from the ocean. They lived there until they retired in 1980, and they moved to the Fountain of the Sun Retirement Community in Mesa, Arizona. Travis and Mary Ann were perpetual travelers, roaming in a series of motorhomes to all fifty states, to Mexico, and to Canada. In 1997 they visited Egypt, and some years later Travis went to Egypt again, as well as to Italy, Albania, and Jamaica. In his retirement years Travis took up ceramic art and golf, and for a time was fairly obsessed with his small electronic chess set. He was a crafty player of backgammon, poker, cribbage, and the stock market. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the IBEW Local 413 and the Elks, a Shriner, a Republican, a volunteer fireman, and a waterskier. He lived to be 98 years old and he didn’t have an enemy in the world. Just friends. Travis was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Emma, his brother Bob and wife Fern, his brother Louis and wife Margaret, his cousin Buster and wife Eileen, and by Mary Ann, his beloved wife of 56 years. He is survived and remembered by his daughters Lana and Cindy, his grandson Bruce and wife Tawna, his step-grandson Matt and wife Aimee, his great-grandchildren Izabella and Matthew, and his wife’s sister Cecile. A memorial and burial service will be held for him at the Santa Barbara Cemetery on July 9, 2018.