On the night of July 24th 2023, Travis was caught in a once in a century storm on Okanagan Lake while working as a shrimping captain. The three other crew members made it out safely while Travis' boat capsized in the storm. Efforts for search, rescue, and recovery have been slow and hindered by WorkSafe BC causing frustration for family and friends. His boat sat floating in the water for over a week before recovery operations began. He could have been trapped inside the air bubble holding up the boat, but red-tape and paperwork prevented any timely response. Travis is assumed to have drowned.
He passed doing what he loved, and was known all around the community as a glowing soul always there to help anybody in need, always putting others before himself. Those who knew him know he was a once in a lifetime individual. Travis is survived by his Wife, Kim Van Hill, and four children. He will be sorely missed and forever remembered. A memorial will be setup at paddlewheel park in Vernon, BC. This fund is to help support Travis' family during this difficult time such as covering the cost of living for taking extended time off and supporting our mom, as well as the costs of spreading Travis' ashes on his favorite beach in Belize, where him and his wife, Kim, were in the process of building their forever home that they worked tremendously hard for.