ENID, Okla. – Local lawyer Tim Traynor often said he had many blessings in his life and one of them was Enid.
He felt the community had been good to him in his professional life. Now Traynor is remembered as a good guy who blessed his community. He died on Wednesday August 17, 2020, at the age of 78.
Traynor, a longtime solicitor and partner at Traynor, Long & Wynne, was a permanent resident of Enid, with family roots stretching back generations.
He felt honored that the people of northwest Oklahoma trusted him to handle their legal affairs, friends said, so he decided to give back to those people who supported him and him. trusted.
His involvement in the community led him to become one of the founders of the Enid Community Foundation, later renamed the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation.
Dan Randall served on the foundation board with Traynor.
“I think he was Enid’s best estate planning lawyer,” Randall said.
Carrie Sanders, CSCF’s chief executive, remembered Traynor for her involvement with the foundation from the start.
“Tim Traynor was one of the members who was very involved in its 22-year history serving multiple terms as a board member and chairman of the board,” she said. declared. “Five years ago he was awarded emeritus status.”
Traynor was born in Enid in 1943, and apart from his time spent in school and serving in the army, he has lived his whole life here.
He liked to say that his children were the fifth generation of his father’s family to live in this community and that they were the fourth generation on the mother’s side of the family. His legacy was important to him, friends said.
Traynor left the Army as a captain, beginning his service in El Paso and receiving his discharge after serving a year in Vietnam. He attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1965. He then attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law, graduating in 1968.
After graduating he returned to Enid and married his wife, Suzy. They have two sons, Brad and Dan.
Traynor was one of those people who took on tasks and projects beyond his profession to improve the quality of life in the community, friends said. When Enid called, Traynor always answered.
He has served on numerous boards of charities and professional organizations.
He was both chairman and campaign chairman of United Way. In 2002, he received the Dick Lambertz award for his contribution to Centraide. He started as a campaign worker, later as a section chief and eventually in leadership roles.
In 1986 Traynor served as president of the Garfield County Bar Association and helped establish the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation. He was chairman of the Enid Estate Planning Council and a member of the Parrish Council of St. Francis Xavier Church. He served for 20 years on the board of trustees of the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma and served as its past president.
Traynor was a member for decades of the Enid Rotary Club, a club in which his father was also involved, and a member of the Oakwood Country Club.
Traynor was most proud of his work with the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, said Mary Stallings, the foundation’s former executive director. It was his work with United Way that led him to the idea for the foundation.
Stallings worked with Traynor from 2000 until his retirement in 2020 and nominated him for Pillar of the Plains in 2015.
“He was, in my eyes, a mainstay of the Plains from the start,” she said. “He was passionate about the goals of the (foundation) and had a vision to see its impact on Enid and all of northwest Oklahoma.”
John Bowers described Traynor as the kind of person who was a true friend.
“Tim was a personal friend, but he was also a friend of the Enid community and the legal profession,” he said. “He held to traditional values and he was one of the best corporate lawyers you could find. He believed in doing the right thing and getting the paperwork done right. He was a valuable advisor to our company, Messer-Bowers.
Sanders said Traynor’s death was Enid’s loss.
“Traynor will be missed. I appreciated his leadership in our organization,” she said.
Traynor’s favorite Greek proverb became the foundation’s motto: “A society grows when old men plant trees they know will never sit.”
The Christian burial mass will be held at 11 a.m. on August 26 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Father Mark Mason officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.