Jerome Travis Combs, III was born to Jerome Travis Marion Washington, Jr. and Evelyn Connie (Patteson) Combs on December 23, 1946 in Porterville, California. Travis, as known by his friends, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, March 15, 2021 at his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
His first 4 years were spent in Porterville, California after which his family moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where he grew up, most of the time on an 80 acre farm outside the city. In 1961, Travis moved with his parents to Sacramento, California to be near his paternal grandparents.
Travis joined the U.S. Marine Corp, Recon Division in 1965 during the Vietnam War. There he proved to be an extremely brave warrior when, leading his group of soldiers through the jungle, they became surrounded on three sides by the enemy with only one way out. Travis used himself as a decoy by standing up and running zig-zag between enemy fire until all his men reached safety. Not one bullet touched him. Sadly, being exposed to Agent Orange caused him to have multiple health issues in later years.
Travis was perhaps best known for his infectious laugh. If ever there was someone that could make you smile, it was this natural-born comedian. His quick wit and sense of humor endeared him to many people over the years. You may also equate him with the words 'generous, adventurous, patriotic and a Constitutionalist’. He loved his family and friends, maintained a strong relationship with his brother, Ron, helped raise his beloved niece and nephew Milinda and Mark, admired and was comforted by his special friend, Recon (his service dog) and was a constant source of entertainment to all who knew him. His travels and adventures were many. Some of his favorite hobbies he enjoyed were scuba diving, sailing, camping, and gold mining. It goes without saying that he will truly be missed.
Travis was predeceased by his mother and father. He is survived by his brother, Ronald Dean Combs of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, niece, Kimberlie Ann Combs, of Lawton, Oklahoma, nephew, Russell Travis Combs of Tulsa, Oklahoma, sister, Fern (Combs) Mesa of Bakersfield, California, niece, Mrs. Milinda Dawn (Madrigal) Bryan of Auburn, Washington, nephew, Mark Jon Madrigal of Kansas City, Missouri and multiple grand and great nephews and nieces.
We wish to say a special thank you to Travis’ friends for giving the family their support in so many charitable ways and for their friendship and comfort to Travis in his transition from life to rest.
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