Warren Craig Traweek

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An EAGLE among us has flown upward to Heaven … His name is WARREN CRAIG TRAWEEK, born May 22, 1942 in Dallas, Texas. Monday, March 31, 2014 was his time of flight about 11 o’clock a.m.

Wife Cleta of nearly 50 years, sons Brian Craig and Bradley Warren held a small memorial service at the Ray Blair Airport this past Saturday. For all who have contacted the family via cards, phone, or attended the memorial, the family wishes to thank you and convey that you are very appreciated.

Traweek grandchildren are Claire Morgan, Adam Parker, Sam Mason, David Carson and Ruby.

Tri-Community may know him as the “taller younger brother” of Jack Traweek of San Manuel, and uncle of Parrish Craig Traweek, of PC Aircraft.

Warren and Cleta keep a house in San Manuel, as well as their 40-year residence in Tucson. Both sons were born at San Manuel Clinic Hospital, 1972 and 1974, when the couple lived at 503 Avenue D, a company house then owned by Magma Copper.

Both sons have been exemplary in their educational and career pursuits following their separate near-death episodes in their early childhood years. The Tri-Community came together to support this small family in a huge way during those traumatic times and Warren and Cleta are forever grateful.

Warren served in Vietnam as a Huey B-model helicopter Crew Chief, D company, 227thAviation Battalion, 1stAir Cavalry Division. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart.

Warren earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Commercial Design at the University of Arizona, and completed some hours of Graduate work as well.

Warren’s career path included:

• MAGMA COPPER – Ventilation Engineer

• ARIZONA STATE MINE INSPECTOR

• FEDERAL MINE SAFETY & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (MSHA) National Special Investigator

• DUVAL and WESTERN AG MINERALS, Corporate Safety Coordinator / Mine Production Superintendent at Carlsbad, NM.

• WESTERN STATES POTASH INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVE TO WASHINGTON, D.C.

• ASARCO, Hayden, Arizona – Director of Safety and Health

• BHP COPPER, San Manuel – Corporate Safety and Health Director (Global travel)

Warren’s career and exploratory travels took him around the globe, including Africa, Australia, South America, Europe, Canada, Alaska Yukon, and the Arctic Circle. Warren’s favorite country, where he wished to take wife Cleta, was Peru.

Hobbies included Sport Aviation, as owner of Vintage airplanes hangared at San Manuel Ray Blair Airport. Warren has always been the “artist”, having provided the letterhead art and checkbook illustration for the mining companies of which he was employed. He daily worked with various mediums of pen/ink, acrylics or oils at his home or when traveling after his long days of work.

Warren will undoubtedly “fly over” oftentimes, and as an unknown quote of an artist says: “Each life is an unfinished work of art … completed only when returned to the loving hands of our Creator”.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, April 5, at the San Manuel Airport.

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