When Travis was a year old, the family moved back to Kettle Falls, Washington, to be closer to family.
Travis grew up exploring the surrounding area and hanging out with his friends and brothers.
While he was growing up, his family took many camping trips with family and friends, and explored many of our National Parks. Three boys on long road trips were always a challenge!
Travis attended Kettle Falls schools until he graduated in 2018. He loved the KF Robotic program there and was the "go to" guy while in the program.
After graduating, Travis found himself in Ellensburg, Washington, attending Central Washington University where he was enrolled in the Professional Pilot Program.
Travis loved airplanes and flying. He received his private pilot's license and was working on his instrument rating, with the goal of becoming a commercial pilot. He had a passion for flying, and he brought the joy that he felt in the sky to everyone he was with, even though nobody knew what he was talking about.
While attending college Travis loved hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, and exploring with his friends. His friends said he brought a wonderful sense of adventure and changed everyone for the better.
He had the biggest heart and brought joy and smiles everywhere he went.
Travis will be incredibly missed by many, and his memory will be cherished by everyone who knew him.
Travis is preceded in death by his grandfather James "Jim" Brown.
He is survived by his parents Mick and Jennifer Thompson of Kettle Falls; brothers, Devin Thompson of Pullman Washington, Matthew Thompson of Kettle Falls; grandparents, Susan Brown, and George and Naomi Thompson; aunts and uncles, Jesse and Sarah Brown, Stacey Brown, Chet and Arlene Smith, Rick and Missy Thompson; and a host of extended family.
The family held a celebration of life in Kettle Falls on July 31.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for a memorial scholarship fund for aviation in Travis's name. A fund has been set up at Banner Bank in Travis's name.
Please visit the online memorial and sign his guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with his care.
Published by The Statesman Examiner from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2021.