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Losing Travis Tollett

Today the World became a Little Less Fun to be in.

I never thought I would live long enough to have to tell you about the passing of my young friend, and one of my favorite people on the planet, Travis Tollett.  I sincerely felt he had paid whatever dues were necessary nearly a decade ago when an ATV accident at a CHCA hill climb event in Victor, CO left him with a broken neck and robbed him of the ability to walk.  Of course that didn’t stop him.  If anything it seemed to fuel his competitive fire even more.  Not even two years after his accident he was back on Pikes Peak as my co-driver in the Time Attack Division.  We both knew that being a passenger was not long on Travis.  He’d be back behind the wheel of his own race vehicle soon enough. We both knew it.  Everyone who knows him knew it.  Maybe that’s why nobody ever thought it was such an extraordinary thing when just a handful of years after his accident, and after spending a few years as a Co-Driver, he did show up at Pikes Peak to drive his UTV to the summit.  And this wasn’t some charity entry into the race.  He was FAST.  First time up the hill in the Ute, and he lands at a mid 12!?  I don’t care what you’re driving or riding up there, that’s fast.

This morning, just a day after his birthday, Travis was doing exactly what he was meant to do in life – he was competing.  Racing his three wheeled hand cycle at a race in Wichita Falls.  Unfortunately the cold was too much for a body that could no longer regulate it’s own temperature.

Look at his facebook page and you see in his profile the mantra he obviously lived by:  “Press On and Be Unbreakable”.  That single sentence describes him perfectly.  Constantly and consistently pressing on.  Every single day.  This guy has no idea the meaning of the word quit.  I could go on and on about Travis.  And when I get over the absolute shock of losing him, I’ll return here to tell you more.

For now, though, if you’re looking for someone to admire, to emulate in character or strength, I can tell you with everything that I am that you couldn’t find a more suitable candidate than my friend, Travis Tollett.

I will miss you immeasurably, my friend.

Here’s some in car from 2010 when Travis and I got 2nd place in Time Attack.

 

Travis returned to Pikes Peak behind the wheel of his own race vehicle.
Travis with his Dad Mike before the two of them make their way to the Summit of Pikes Peak.

 

This is Travis and I at tech inspection for Pikes Peak 2009. Our first year in the car together.
Car owner Steve Davis, along with Travis’ dad Mike, with us at Tech. 2009

 

 

Written by Ken Stouffer

Ken Stouffer

I've been around some form of racing since I was a kid. First hanging around Ascot in Southern California. Then, after moving to Texas as a teen, I got hooked on drag racing and did that for almost fifteen years. In between I have raced Dirt bikes and Quads.
2011 Marked my 8th and final year racing up Pikes Peak: Five in the Pro Quad division and three in Time Attack. Future racing plans are in the works, but until then I'm at the track shooting for My Life at Speed as much as I possibly can.

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  1. Mr. Stouffer,

    Thank you so much for writing this and sharing it with everyone. Travis was truly amazing! We will all miss him so much!

    Steve

  2. Thank you, Ken. I taught travis in high school as well as coached him on the WHS academic team. your description(s) of trav are perfect. everyone who knew him loved him and will miss his smile and great laugh. thank you for your wonderful article about this special and amazing young man. N. Maddox

  3. This is perfect! And the pics are too. His profile pic with his helmEt on is so heart warming becAuse yiu can see his smile and joy in his heart through his eyes! Thanks for this! Travi was one of my closest friends From dancing toGether and being silly at his senior prom to this past monday at our house i will always treasure the time we had with our travi!!!

  4. Travis contactEd me to model his bagged titan after mine. I met him and his dad, gave him a ride in Mine and pointed him tO ekstensive metalworks. Sucks to hear he’s gone. Being a pAraplegic myself, it makes me wonder which one of our numberous battles we go through to take mine eventually. We try to live our lives as much as we can. I can nOw know that hes glad to be out of that chair. If anyone wants to let me know what happened, please let me know.

  5. Travis was racing a hand bike in Wichita falls, texas. his little brother was waiting at the finish line but Travis was on his way to heaven. it had rained then started snowing these large BEAUTIFUL snow flakes. Bystanders notified trevor that travis was cold. trevor drove to get him but travis’ heart stopped beating. the emergency department was unable to bring him back .i miss him more than anyone will ever know. he was my best friend and an inspiration that stretches beyond the stars. we hope to have a memorial service in walters next saturday. i will then take his ashes to pikes peak hill climb this summer. I know he is in a better place . rip my son……….dad

    • Mike, thanks for shariNg that with us. After all the crap i have been through and the 100+ surgeries, hospital stays, etc, i always Know that its a Possibiliy that i wont go home. I’m glad he had a lot of opportunities to do so many things that he loved to do. Just like him, i know ouR time is limited here and i do anYthing and everything i want to do. Let his life be an inspiration to all those that arent disabled to go out and live life to the fullest!

  6. You’ve RACED YOUR WHOLE LIFE as FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER.THE AMBITION TO DO IT BIG RACE OR LITTLE ONE YOU HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE WILL POWER TO OVERCOME MANY HARD OBSTACLES AND ONE OF THE most STRONGEST AND DETERMINED ATHLETES I KNOW. GOD BLESS TO THE TOLLEt FAMILY AND MANY friends LOVE THE Davis family

  7. Tollett family ,

    i’m so sorry for your loss, looking At travis pictures makes my heart feel your pain , god wants him in heaven little early ,

    With much Love and support .