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BURLINGAME, Calif. — Theodore “Ted” Treu, 80, of Redwood Shores and Burlingame, passed away on May 1, 2018 after complications due to advanced Dementia.A 1961 graduate of San Francisco State, Ted was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Burlingame, California. He attended Burlingame High School, College of San Mateo, and San Francisco State. Ted excelled at football at BHS, CSM and SF State, later playing semi-pro football for the Redwood City Ramblers. Ted was a proud member of the Burlingame High School Hall of Fame and he was elected to SF State’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, as well as the Gridiron Hall of Fame as an all-conference defensive end on the 1959 undefeated championship team.
Ted was a sales and marketing executive in the travel industry, working for United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Aloha Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, and American Express. Ted’s leadership was instrumental in developing tourism in Hawaii as both a sales executive and an ambassador for the state of Hawaii.
While working at Hawaiian Airlines, Ted competed in seven Ironman Triathlon World Championships on Hawaii’s Big Island from the ages 46 to 52, in addition to countless hours spent training. One of Ted’s proudest moments was in 1988 when he completed the Ironman with his oldest son, Lonnie, and friend, Bill Gough. Ted is survived by his wife Patty Treu, his son Lonnie Treu (predeceased mother, Peggy (Lowe) Treu), his son Brian Treu (mother Katie (Schott) Treu) and his wife Wenda (Storek) Treu, and granddaughters Samantha and Demi (Lonnie) and Ella and Sadie (Brian). Ted was the son of the late John Edward Treu Sr. and Helyn Williams Treu. Ted is also preceded in death by his brother Johnny Treu (niece and nephew, Denise Treu and Alexander Treu) and survived by his sister Dee Dee (Treu) Dower (nephew and niece, Chris Stein and Michelle Ruocco).
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