I have only just a minute
Only 60 seconds in it
Forced upon me, can't refuse it
Didn't seek it, didn't choose it
But it's up to me to use it
I must suffer if I...

Travis Paul Ames

July 23, 1971June 9, 2018
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Travis Paul Ames was born on July 23, 1971 in San Diego, California and passed away on June 9, 2018 in El Cajon, California


  • Mari Catherine Ames, Wife
  • Donna Botzer, Mother
  • Stephen Botzer, Father
  • Emanuel Del Valle, Son
  • Micah Del Valle, Son
  • Zachary Del Valle, Son
  • Samara Del Valle, Daughter
  • Jill Perry, Sister
  • Amanda Mc Donald, Sister
  • Theresa Allen, Cousin


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 22, 2018

Travis Paul Ames

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Kay Hofer

June 28, 2018

Mari Kay,
We were so saddened to hear about your loss...out deepest condolences to you and your family, and prayers for you all as you adjust to life a little different now.
May you have comfort in knowing he is no longer in pain and at God’s right hand.
Sincere hugs, Kay and Bill

Bryce Dallman

June 26, 2018

Travis and I have been friends since the start of grade school. We , you would say were trouble makers together. We had many memories over the years and I feel very blessed to have been part of his life. I will miss him so much and I know he is watching over us. Great friend,dad,and man.

Joan Dredge

June 24, 2018

I have met Travis only a few times (Christmas and birthdays), but know some of his family and friends. It has been so obvious what an important part he has been in so many lives. The pain he leaves behind is enormous, but may Travis be at peace.

Sandi McMillan

June 22, 2018

Dear Mari Kay, I didn't know Travis well but I know he was a wonderful man because he made you happy. May you find peace and solace in your memories of him. Much love to you. Sandi McMillan

Sandra O'Hara

June 22, 2018

I only knew Travis through his grandmother, my Aunt Muriel. She always talked about how wonderful he was and how he cared for her home for her. In particular was the time he insisted on putting in a sprinkler system for her yard. It meant the world to her. I hope is family finds some peace knowing they are together again.

Mike Sloan

June 22, 2018

God gave us a gift
Travis Paul Ames
When Travis was 5 months old he chocked on his bottle and stopped breathing. Thank God CPR worked and baby Travis was fine. 46 years later I feel Travis died way to young, but I'm greatful Donna saw her son grow into such a wonderful man, and impact so many lives. I'm thankful Mari Kay and Travis got to experience a loving, perfectly matched marriage. You know Travis's analytical mind, sooner or later he figures things out. He did so with Jesus. Travis received salvation and is currently in glory with his Lord. A couple months ago Travis said he regretted not receiving Christ earlier, so he could have shared with friends and family.. He just didūüíē
Thank you Jesus for my nephew Travis Paul Ames

David J. Gutierrez

June 21, 2018

The little time I was fortunate to get to know Travis, right away I knew he was a special one. His sense of humor, dedication to his family and mass knowledge of any kind of source were a few qualities of many I immediately picked up on! Im thankful to have known Travis and he will be for ever missed. Rest easy up there bud!

Emon Downhour

June 21, 2018

My deepest sympathy. May his memory bring you comfort in this time of loss.

Jennifer Wheatley

June 21, 2018

From the moment Travis came into our lives, I was about 11 or somewhere around there, he has been a big brother to me. He was a brother, a friend, a son, a partner, a husband, an amazing step-dad, a cousin, a partner in crime and so much more. The memories will never fade of the times he has made us laugh growing up, from riding in the Honda with the bass bumping thinking we were amazingly cool (which we were not) to family dinners making Rachael laugh so hard she spit her beans across the table, to dealing with crazy ex-boyfriends beating down the door. So many laughs and fun times. My heart aches knowing that we will not have you by our side to make more memories. I miss you every day and know that you are watching over all of us. Fly high our Angel, we love you and will see you again...................

Rachael Osborne

June 20, 2018

A person like no other, he was a brother, best friend and inspiration. Anyone who knew him knew they were lucky to have him in their life. I love my dear friend and miss him so much


Travis Paul Ames was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of ‚Äústick to it‚ÄĚ attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Travis was born on July 23, 1971 at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California. His parents were Donna and Steve Botzer. Travis was raised in El Cajon, California. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Travis was raised with two stepsisters and a close cousin. Stepsisters Jill and Amanda, and Theresa, a close cousin he grew up with. Travis and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Travis was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child Travis developed a variety of interests and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. In his spare time he loved to take things apart to learn how they worked. At an early age he became interested in auto mechanics.

      In high school he managed to have a pretty good time as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was being a part of the theater technician team. Travis was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about mechanical information and he was able to learn much through observation. Travis always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      On October 27, 2013 Travis exchanged wedding vows with Mari Catherine Del Valle at San Diego Mission Bay. Compassionate and devoted to Mari Kay, Travis held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Mari Kay and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Travis brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his stepchildren. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. Travis was blessed with four stepchildren, three sons, Emanuel, Micah, and Zachary, and one daughter, Samara. He always loved them as if they were his own.

      Travis greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Travis was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Travis was a certified Master Mechanic, and for over ten years he worked in a European Specialty Auto Shop. After a continued mechanical career in specialty auto shops he began a career at Solar Turbines. His new position required mechanical work and he enjoyed his new environment. Travis worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Travis liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Travis always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. Travis' favorite pursuits were helping to raise responsible and loving children. His newest interest became woodworking. He took a great interest in learning all he could about woodworking and was very proud of his accomplishments.

      Travis enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. He enjoyed researching all of his options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Travis always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. His favorite type of vacations were road trips. He spent a lot of time in his younger years down in San Felipe with his aunt and uncle. He also loved to travel up the coast of California to Monterey. He loved the beauty of the ocean and other scenery. A few years ago he took a road trip with his family to Washington State and he fell in love with it.

      Travis Paul Ames passed away on June 9, 2018. He was fortunate to be able to be at home with the help of hospice, where he could be with his family and in the comfort of his home. Travis fought a long and courageous battle against cancer. Travis is survived by his wife Mari Kay; his stepchildren Emanuel, Micah, Zachary, and Samara; his stepsisters Jill and Amanda; his parents Donna and Steve. Services were held at El Cajon Mortuary. Travis will be laid to rest in a very special urn that was built by his fellow woodworker and good friend Jason. He will then be at home with his family.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Travis Paul Ames. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.