Maurice Travilla Trout

Maurice Travilla Trout

July 4, 1930 - July 1, 2009

Maurice Travilla Trout

July 4, 1930 - July 1, 2009


Mr. Maurice “Bud” Travilla Trout, Jr., age 78 of Monterey, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, July 1. Mr. Trout was born on July 4, 1930 in Tacoma Park, MD to Maurice Travilla Trout Sr and Elizabeth Partington Trout, and a member of the 7th Day Adventist Church. He retired from Westinghouse Aerospace Division in 1980 and began his own business of fragrance manufacturing. As a non-combatic soldier, he proudly served his country during the Korean War as a medic in the US Army. Without the ability to play any instrument, Bud became known for his skill and talent as a craftsman, constructing beautiful and sought after harps and dulcimers. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joyce Ann Miller Trout of Monterey; a son, Gene Raquel Trout of Mechanicsville, MD;, daughter Vanessa Ed Dugan of Merritt Island, Florida; son, Jeffrey Trout of Merritt Island, Florida; daughter Lesia Andy Bacon of Odenton, MD; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. An adopted daughter, Donetta Hawkins and 3 additional grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Trout. Bud was a loving husband and father, and he is greatly missed by his family & many friends. He is resting from his labors until the Lord Jesus comes back and gives him immortality, then we which are alive will be caught up together with the risen ones and shall all be with the Lord for eternity. Let us all strive to be among the saved of all ages. I Thess. 4:16 & 17 The family will plan a celebration of Bud’s life on Sunday, September 27 at 3:00 PM at the Glen Burnie 7th Day Adventist in Glen Burnie, MD. Inurnment will follow in the Maryland State Veteran’s Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD on Monday, September 28 at 2:00 PM. “Honoring Bud” – words from Joyce Trout Bud & I started our Fragrances Limited business in 1981. Bud went to a company in Baltimore, MD to look at bottling equipment for our different fragrances. We had 17 at one time. Bud asked them a lot of questions about the equipment and then he said he put the building blocks in his head. He came home and designed his own bottling equipment for our business that saved us $3, 000. We sold the fragrances to vacuum cleaner dealers, mostly Rainbow dealers. That is a water vacuum so the distributors put the frangrances in the water basin. We ordered the fragrances in large quanties and put the finished product in 2 ounce bottles which they bought in a case of 12. By 1988 we had 750 distributors that bought from us. Bud got testcloths from a company in Baltimore, MD in bundles of 5 inch by 5 inch squares with 600 in a bundle. The vacuum cleaner dealers used a piece of cloth on the hose to show the dirt in the carpet of the people they were demonstrating the vacuum cleaner to so they could see what their vacuum left in the carpet. We had 4 people working for us, in addition to ourselves. Bud worked at Westinghouse for 25 years in Aerospace Division. He designed many items for outer space some of which were top secret. He ejnoyed designing and inventing new equipment. Bud was a Senior Technician, working with engineers who told him the equipment they wanted, then he designed it for them. He joined the Toastmaster Club at Westinghouse which met during the noon hour. He thoroughly enjoyed sharing with the others there. It was the highlight of his week. Bud became interested in astronomy as a child. He told me about the “boring” history class he was in when he was about 11. He opened his history book as a shield and pulled an astronomy book off the shelf to read it as the teacher talked about history. He had fun reading about his favorite subject. Through the years his hobby grew as he acquired different telescopes. He built at least one himself. When he was in Washington Missionary College in Takoma Park, MD he opened the dome for the community and taught them about the stars at night. He worked for Prof. Smith in his lab as well. He always wanted to build a dome to house his many telescopes with a dome that opened so he could share with his neighborhood his knowledge of God’s creation, but he never got that accomplished. Throughout all of eternity he will be able to study all the treasures of the universe which will be open to God’s redeemed children. He will be able to fly to worlds that Jesus has created who never sinned as told in Hebrews 1:2. Ellen G. White in Great Controversy, page 678 tells us the following, “And the years of eternity, as they roll, will bring richer and still more glorious revelations of God, and of Christ. As knowledge is progressive, so will love, reverence, and happiness increase. The more men learn of God, the greater will be their admiration of His character. As Jesus opens before them the riches of redemption and the amazing achievements in the great controversy with Satan, the hearts of the ransomed thrill with more fervent devotion, and with more rapturous joy they sweep the harps of gold; and ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands of voices unite to swell the mighty chorus of praise.” I can picture Bud with his harp sweeping the strings and making beautiful music to God, Jesus, and the angels. He can at last play the harp that he has built to make beautiful music. He will have such a smile on his face as he explores the vast regions of space, and studies astronomy to his heart’s delight. I want to be there walking hand in hand with him. Bud loved inventing things. His mind was always full of new ideas. He developed and built hydroponic equipmenmt for growing plants in our greenhouse which he built. He grew healthy plants in the hydroponic units. He had a machine that he cut and faceted gems with, that are beautiful. In his later years he became interested in designing and building harps. He saw a report on harp music on TV about how soothing the music was to sick people so he decided that was a way he could help many people. He became intrigued with the idea of building harps. He built 3, 4, and 5-octave Paraguayan harps. Some of the harps took 60-70 hours to build. He made one of cedar, some of poplar, and other exotic wood. He customized them to the person. He has had many hobbies such as stained glass-he made a beautiful hummingbird glass picture for me and designed a window for our church in WV. He has painted pictures-water color and oil paintings, and done leathercraft too. I have a leather wallet he made me about 30 years ago. I still use and treasure it. In 1980 he built a geodesic dome addition to our business in Gambrills, MD and he designed the windows and the walkway to it. What a creative mind he had – God is to be praised. I pray that everyone who reads this will make plans to be on the New Earth with all the saved so we can be with our loved ones throughout all eternity.

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4 responses to Maurice Travilla Trout

  1. First Cousin Ann: One memory of Bud as a little boy of 4 or 5, sitting on a curb, chin in his hands, saying “I isn’t got a d**n thing to do.” We remember many, many fun 4th of July birthday picnics in Gambrills with all the family over the years. We worried a lot about him when he had to go to Korea. Bud always had a grin on is face and was always pleasant to be around. Just doesn’t seem right that he is gone so soon. Second Cousin Juanita: One memory that stands out was when we lived out in the then country of Avenel, Silver Spring, and the Trout’s came for a visit. Buddy was very athletic and he could walk on his hands. I was so jealous of Jane for having such a talented big brother. I told Mom that I wanted a big brother. She told me I got here too late to put in my request. Bud also was a big help quickly and discretely carrying water when I almost burned down a barn.

  2. Laura Arner says:

    Bud was a very spiritual man, I enjoyed many times at his home with his wife Joyce. They helped me so much on my spiritual journey, and taught me a lot about Jesus. I love Bud and Joyce very much. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  3. Raquel Trout says:

    Maurice Travilla Trout I’m sadden for death of Maurice Trout. He was a good person,hard working man.He was always thinking on new inventions. He was a good father a wonderful grandfather! and most of all he loved Jesus his personal savior. I’ll miss him.

  4. Steve Light says:

    I remember Bud as a quiet and humble man, with a smiling face and a good sense of humor. He always amazed me with his ability to invent and design thngs. He was one of those rare people who are able to see things as if they are before they are built.he was earnest in his work for the Lord and I know that Bud Loved Jesus very much. I have two things that when I use them, I always think of Bud. One is a 1960’s model craftsman table saw, and the other a northern log splitter. I bought both of these from Bud many years ago, and every time I use them I can see Bud’s boyish grin.I Pray that I can be faithful and see Bud again in the Kingdom, for I believe that Bud is sleeping in Jesus and will cime up in that glorious resurrection.

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