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7/7/2013 6:00:00 AM
Obituary: Travis Turbyfill

On June 30th, 2013, Heaven gained a truly wonderful soul. Travis Turbyfill, 27, went to be with his Heavenly Father. Travis is preceded in death by a grandfather he loved and adored, John Turbyfill. He is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie; two precious daughters, Brooklyn, 2-1/2, and Brynley, 1; father and mother-in-law who he lovingly called Dad and Mom, Steve and Debbie Bons; brothers-in-law, Nick and Dan; sisters-in-law, Jodi and Catherine; nephew and niece, Jake and Katie; parents, Colleen Turbyfill and Dave Turbyfill; grandmother, Mary Turbyfill; grandparents, Ed and Loretta Hoffman; and many lifelong friends.

Travis was born on March 25, 1986, and grew up in beautiful Prescott, Ariz. He fulfilled a lifelong dream when he began his career as a wildland firefighter in 2005. Travis served in the United States Marine Corps from 2007 to 2010. He then resumed his career as a firefighter in 2011 with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a crew of men who were not just coworkers but friends and brothers. Travis was a natural leader, a strong man with a heart of gold, and the most loving and amazing husband and father. We love him and miss him with our whole hearts. Because Travis knew Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, we celebrate that he has been called Home.

A service for Travis will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 9 a.m. at the Heights Church in Prescott, Ariz. The Hampton Funeral Home, Prescott, was entrusted with the arranagements. Please visit www.hamptonfuneralhome.com to sign his guest book.

Information provided by survivors.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Article comment by: Sharon Haynes

Colleen and Dave,
I am truly sorry for your loss. Although I never met Travis, I was shocked and saddened to hear that he gave his life protecting our environment and the lives and property of others. Peace and grace to you.

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Article comment by: Lori Carver

Travis you were one of a kind and one of the best people I knew, May you rest in peace in heaven and may God bless your family. You will be deeply missed by friends, by family and all. Thank you for allowing me to know you, the Lord truly did gain an incomparable soul.

Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Article comment by: Ashleigh Dorsey

Rest in Peace your work here is done. My God bless your family and watch over them. Thank you for Protecting the People of Arizona

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Article comment by: Cheri Arnold

I was devastated when I read that Travis was one of the brave men lost in this tragedy. I remember Travis well from Miller Valley School, where he was a student of mine around the age of 8. He was a sweet boy then, and it's heartbreaking, yet gratifying to read of what a fine man, husband and father he grew to be. My sincere condolences to all Travis' family and loved ones.

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Article comment by: God Speed

You are truly missed and those who know will know that you have returned home to walk with our Heavenly Father. R.I.P.

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Flade

You are a hero to all! God Bless you and your family and friends, Brave Angel!!!

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: Mark Kille

Thank you Travis for being a person of integrity and honor. Although it is sad to see you leave our community, Heaven has truly gained.

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: just me

Rest in Peace. Thank You for protecting us. God Bless your family.

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: FAMILY FRIEND

RIP Travis, you will be missed greatly. Thank you for all that you did

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: Kirsten & Ken Archer

Travis was a frequent flyer in our home throughout his childhood and adult life after my friendship with Colleen spawned a close bond of friendship between our son Jeff and her son Travis, lasting nearly two and a half decades. Travis and Jeff were there for each others weddings and for the birth of their children. They "officially" became Brother's through the Prescott Fire Department when Jeff joined that family in November 2012, almost two years after Travis was hired on. Travis, we loved your surprise visits at dinner time, you were so much fun to feed. Our Mother/Son double dates and fishing together are just a few of the memories I'll cherish. Remember when you volunteered to test Ken's new electric fence to be sure it was working as it should??? We will miss your love, bear hugs, humor and sweet nature!! Colleen, I am so proud of your grace and dignity during this tragedy, holding all of US up. You are an amazing and beautiful woman my friend. Stephanie, we were so happy when you and Travis married. You complimented each other so beautifully and lovingly. You and your beautiful daughters, Brooklyn and Brenley, and Colleen will always be our defining link to Travis. Thank you for that!! May God's love and your wonderful memories give you strength.

Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2013
Article comment by: Cindy Gathe

What a great testimony! May Travis rest in the loving arms of his Savior! Stephanie, may God carry you and your daughters through this loss and sustain you with His power and strength.

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