Travis Samuel Ackerman, 57 of King City passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 at his residence after a lengthy illness. Everyone called him Sam.
Sam was born in Watsonville, Calif. November 6, 1955 to Vernon and Myra Ackerman. Sam graduated from Watsonville High School, Class of 1974 where he participated in JV Football and Track and Field. Sam sustained a serious back injury running the 220. He was a trumpeter in the High School Band. Many years he performed in Watsonville’s famous Shriners Marching and Concert Band, traveling to band concerts in Europe, Australia, Canada and many cities throughout the United States. He had an interest in flying airplanes. He completed his first solo flight on his 16th birthday before even having his driver’s license. After his track meet accident he was unable to continue his flight training. He continued to work at the Watsonville airport during his school vacations as an airport assistant. He graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in communications.
Sam went on to work for Granite Construction Company for 14 years as a Safety Officer. He then worked for Sun Street Centers in King City and Salinas, most notably for men's residential in Salinas as a counselor for drug and alcohol abuse. Sam was also a member of the Board of Directors of Victory Mission of Salinas working with homeless. During the last three years he volunteered on a day to day basis as a house manager of the Homeless mission located on Soledad Street in Salinas.
In 1996, Sam came to King City on a blind date and married his wife Carla making this community his home. He was a loving father to two beautiful children, Morgann and Marti. He had many loves whether they be acting on Stage with Stage Hands, preaching on Sunday mornings, sports, or helping people in need. He never met a stranger or anyone he wasn't willing to put a hand out to. During his last years he chose to take his mission to those who have not and to try and make a difference in their lives by serving God and the homeless. Sam was a man of many hats, many missions, but when working along side him you knew that he was going to give a 110% no matter what.
Sam is survived by his wife, Carla, children, Morgann, Marti, Lauren, and Amy; 2 grandchildren; Father Vern Ackerman. Sam was preceded in death by his loving mother Myradell Ackerman.
Family visitation was held, Tuesday, March 26th. A Celebration of Sam’s life was held on Wednesday, March 27th at Eddington Funeral Service Chapel. Following the celebration, Sam was laid to rest in King City District Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA Hospice.
Arrangements were entrusted to Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Dr., King City, CA, (831) 385-5400, For the complete article see the 04-09-2013 issue.
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