Travis Michael Jones was born May 23, 1983, at General Hospital in Eureka as the eldest son of three boys to Michael and Nanette Jones. Travis passed away at Enloe Medical Center in Chico on June 26, 2023, with his mother and two younger brothers by his side. A lifelong Humboldt County resident, growing up in Arcata and living in McKinleyville for the last two decades, Travis loved nothing more than spending time with his family and playing or watching sports. As a youth, Travis fell in love with sports. He had a competitive spirit that drove him to spend countless hours on the baseball field or more likely, shooting buckets on the basketball hoop in the driveway until the sun went down. Travis’ favorite teams were the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco Giants. He relished in the torture of watching the Vikings each and every Sunday alongside his father, grandfather, uncle and brothers.

Beyond sports, Travis loved the outdoors. When he was 8 years old, his parents bought a boat and began spending every weekend of every summer camping at Wyntoon Resort at Trinity Lake. He and his brothers spent many hours riding bikes, listening to their parents’ stories around the campfire and fostering a love for the lake that would last their entire lives. Whether it was early morning fishing with his Dad, backpacking trips into the Trinity Alps or snow skiing trips to Mt. Shasta and Mt. Bachelor, Travis was happiest when spending time outdoors with the ones he loved.

Travis went to Pacific Union Elementary from Kindergarten through eighth grade and graduated from Arcata High School in 2001. During high school he started a job where many Humboldt County residents would come to know and love Travis. He began working at Murphy’s Westwood Market. At 17, he started at the grocery store part time to help fund the sound system in his Nissan and his desire to upgrade to a Ford Mustang ASAP. Little did he know he’d spend the next 23 years developing friendships and making memories at the five different Murphy’s locations across the northern county. If you’ve shopped at any of the Murphy’s locations in the last two decades, chances are you’ve seen or met Travis hustling around the store. Whether a customer, a fellow employee or a distributor, Travis had a knack for making friends and earning people’s respect. People truly loved working with Travis and shopping at his stores. As a store manager, he took pride in his work and his ability to be a man of the people. He will be missed greatly by those that worked alongside him.

Along the way, Travis started a family of his own, having a daughter, Harper and son Wyatt. Both Harper and Wyatt were the apples of his eye, and he loved nothing more than spending time with them. Travis and their mother passed along their love for camping and the outdoors to the kids and have continued the tradition of camping at Trinity Lake every summer. Travis also enjoyed taking the kids and their yellow lab, Ace to the beach on sunny afternoons. Mostly, he loved cheering Harper and Wyatt on from the sidelines of their many soccer, baseball, softball and basketball games as well as dance recitals and countless school activities. He was a proud father who loved his children very much.

Travis was proceeded in death by his father, Michael Jones, his grandfather Clarence “Bud” Jones, his grandparents Mark and Elaine Nelson and his Aunt Nikki Moxon. He is survived by his two children, Harper Jones and Wyatt Jones, their mother, Erin McCann, his mother, Nanette Jones, his brothers and sister’s in-law Tyler and Angela Jones as well as Jordan and Jessica Jones. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Sophia and Michael Jones and Madison, Jackson and Bailey Kelly as well as his Grandmother Leota “Tokie” Jones and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and family friends that loved him dearly.

Travis, you are loved and will be missed by us all. May you enjoy watching the Vikings and Giants kick butt forever more.

Services will be planned for and communicated out at a later date.


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