Travis W. Seekins, 39, died Saturday, April 17, 2010, at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor from complications after a long battle with Crohn’s Disease.

He was born in Belfast Nov. 24, 1970, a son of Richard E. and Maxine D. (Gilmore) Seekins. Travis was educated in Searsport schools, graduating from Searsport High School.

Travis worked most of his life in the textile mills as a supervisor in the cutting room. A member of the Belfast Masonic Lodge, Travis had many interests, which included fishing, hunting, collecting guns, music and reading. He also loved taking care of his pets.

Travis especially enjoyed collecting and reselling all kinds of fishing lures and specialty equipment. An avid sports fan, he was especially fond of baseball. Travis’ favorite teams were the Boston Red Sox and also the Atlanta Braves. But most of all, Travis enjoyed spending time with his friends and his family.

He was predeceased by his father, Richard; paternal grandfather Earl Seekins; maternal grandparents, Everett and Erna Gilmore; and an uncle, Everett Gilmore.

Surviving are his mother, Maxine of Searsport; his companion, Heidi Stanley, and her daughter, Brooke, whom Travis loved as his own daughter, of Swanville; two brothers, Eric Seekins and his wife, Jenn, of Oakland and Earl Seekins and his companion, Twyla Thompson, of Searsport; a niece, Katie Seekins, and a nephew, Sam Seekins, of Oakland; his paternal grandmother, Edith Seekins; aunts and uncles, Sharon Lamb and her companion, Harold McCutcheon, of Searsport, Ruthie and Lloyd Hamm of Searsport, Ada Gordon and her compainion, Ed Gotham, of Searsport, Florence Gilmore of Searsport, Ken and Janice Gilmore of Belfast, Leonard and Judy Gilmore of Belfast and Paul and Kathy Gilmore of Belfast; as well as numerous cousins.

At Travis’ request, there will be no visiting hours. His wish was to have a graveside service, which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at Smart Cemetery, Belfast. It is also Travis’ wish that people wear their everyday clothes. He wanted his family and friends to come celebrate his life. After the service there will be a celebration of his life at the Searsport Masonic Lodge from noon to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, it was Travis’ wish that a college fund be established for Brooke. Checks can be made payable to Bangor Savings Bank c/o Brooke Stanley P.O. Box 409, Searsport, ME 04974.