COTTONWOOD: W. Travis York, 68 of Elk City passed away Thursday afternoon October 28, 2010 at St. Maries Hospital in Cottonwood, Idaho surrounded by loved ones. Travis was born September 1st 1942 in Coeur D’ Alene to Wally and Mary York and was the eldest of three children.
The family resided in Elk City, Idaho where Travis was raised until he boarded out to high school in Grangeville in 1956. After he graduated in 1960 he returned home to work with his father in the family outfitting business Wally had started in 1932 in the Selway Bitteroot Wilderness 60 miles east of Elk City. He eventually took over the family business and successfully ran Wally York and Sons, Inc. Outfiiting and Guide School until it was sold in 1996. Travis married Leslie Ann Ruark in 1965 and they had a daughter LeeAnne in 1968. Leslie tragically passed away in 1970 and Travis remarried 4 years later to Beverly Jean Taylor. They had two children together, Brad and Bonnie but the marriage ended in 1995. Travis remained in Elk City and in 2002 he married his soul mate Linda Lee Cloke of Pomeroy.
Travis was a hard worker and a skilled outdoorsman. He taught many how to survive in the mountains he loved and called home his entire life. He played guitar in a local band in his younger years and drove logging truck occasionally in the winter when he wasn’t outfitting. He enjoyed plowing himself and the neighbors out on his D2 cat whenever the snow piled up. Whether outfitting, haying the family ranch, working on farm equipment, mending fences or shoeing horses, Travis didn’t rely on anyone to get done what he could do himself.
Travis is survived by his wife Linda Cloke, his children LeeAnne Nida of Ferdinand, W. Bradley York and Bonnie York of Lewiston, and his grandchildren Leslie and Tyler Nida. Travis was preceded in death by his father Wally York in 2000.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 6th at 1:00 pm at the Baptist Church Elk City. There will be a luncheon at the V.F.W. at 2:30 pm for the community, friends and family. Donations can be given on Travis’s behalf to the V.F.W Auxiliary in Elk City. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to: Blackmerfuneralhome.com