His family moved to Bath when he was a young boy. Thaxter followed his older brothers, Blaine and John, as a three sport student at Morse High School. He was an outstanding member of the 1955 Western Maine basketball championship team, coached by Gene Hunter, and later starred at Husson College in Bangor.
He attended Maine Central Institute before moving on to Husson College, where he received his degree in Business Administration. After a successful coaching career at John Bapst High School, he became Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Bangor, and later took over as manager of the Bass Park Raceway. Under Thaxter's supervision, the Civic Center and Raceway became very successful enterprises. He also added the new addition to the Civic Center making it one of the best facilities of its kind in New England.
Thaxter now lives in Hudson, Ohio. He was named as President of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Coliseum last March. He heads the entire business operation of the Cavs and oversees the expanded series of projects undertaken by the club's staff.
Trafton is married to the former Mona Hebert of Bangor. They have three sons, Tony, Mark, and Alan, and a daughter Teresa.
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.