Jimmy Travis Dean
October 30, 2013, 11:25 am by Staff Reports
Jimmy Travis Dean came into this world May 17, 1940 and left this world Oct. 4, 2013.
He was born to Winnie V. Townsend Dean Zimmerman and Travis Dean of Hot Springs
Jim Travis started his Radio Career at 19 at KBHS in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was a DJ for the original KOKE in Austin, moved to San Antonio as the morning DJ. for KBUC Radio. He next moved to Austin to the Country Giant KVET AM. Jim worked at KVET AM on and off for 17 years teaming up with the infamous Sammy Allred and the Afternoon delight Penny Reeves. While a DJ in Austin, Texas he owned ĎKicker Jimísí Nightclub and traveled with his famous MUSIC MACHINE; his slogan was "I have been to more weddings than most preachers.Ē Jim Travis worked at KBUC Radio in San Antonio, WBAP in Fort Worth and in the early 90s he teamed up with a new personality, his wife, JO Mama. Together they worked KAT Radio in Austin; Round Rockís KICK 92 where he was known as Ranger Jim. In his almost 50-year radio career he was on air in many markets including New York City, Shreveport and even in Kentucky; where he was presented with the title of Kentucky Colonel. In January 2013, he was inducted into the Texas CMA Radio DJ Hall of Fame ... an honor he so rightfully deserved and which was given to him towards the end of life ... what a way to go. Jimís sarcastic sense of humor and his ability to tell whooping great stories will be greatly missed by everyone who ever listened to him or knew him. He is survived by his wife, of 33 years, Jo Travis of Austin. Sons Duane Dean and wife Jeannie Dean of Farmersville, LA, Keith Dean of Brazoria, Traye Dean and wife Mary Dean of Georgetown, Daughter Michelle Dean Plunk McDonald and husband Chris McDonald of Marble Falls,.
Grandchildren, Erin Lyons and Husband Chris Lyons of Farmersville, La., Jeremy Dean of Farmersville LA, Joshua Dean and wife Kimberly of Farmersville, La, Ashley Dean Phillips of Houston, Amanda Dean of Missouri, Garrett and wife, Kendra Dean of Missouri, Bree and Bailey Dean of Georgetown, Kaytlynn Plunk and Joy Plunk of Marble Falls; great-grandchildren Gage Stephenson, Cory Stephenson, Danny and Molly Dean of Louisiana, Devlin and Ivy Phillips of Houston and his Cousin Pete Townsend of Huntsville.
A celebration of the life of Jimmy Travis Dean will be held at the Broken Spoke in Austin on Oct. 30, 2013 from 6-8pm. The Kyle Sisters will sing a tribute to Jim Travis and DJs from all over the US and entertainers are expected to attend. Everyone is invited. A memorial fund to help Jimís widow has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank under the name Jim Travis Memorial. Cards and letters may be mailed to PO BOX 1214, Marble Falls, TX 78654 and emails may be sent to Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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