Travis Roy Poll passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 18, 2010, one day before his 36th birthday, after a courageous and miracle-filled 2-1/2 year battle with esophageal cancer. He was born on June 19, 1974, to Reed and Lana Covieo Poll. He was raised in South Weber where he had a wonderful childhood full of fun and mischief. From the time he was small he had a spark for life and a special way with people, which made others want to be around him. If you knew T at all you were a friend, and if you were a friend, you were his "best friend." He had a special way of making everyone he came in contact with feel accepted, loved, and important.
Travis was a gifted and natural athlete and a fierce competitor. From the time he was young he loved many sports and participated whenever he could (and usually won), even throughout his cancer treatment. He graduated from Clearfield High School in 1992, where he was a class officer and played on the baseball and basketball teams. After high school he served an LDS Mission in Leeds, England, where he made lasting memories and eternal friendships.
Travis married Mandy Keime in the Salt Lake Temple on September 14, 1996. They have four children: Gavin, Cooper, Skyla, and Reese. Travis always put his wife and children first no matter what, and no matter how busy life was. He loved to watch ball games and play ball with his boys and take his girls on daddy daughter dates. He was a kind, patient and loving daddy.
He earned a Bachelor''s Degree in Education from Weber State University and a Master''s Degree in School Counseling from University of Phoenix. He was a teacher and coach at Central Davis Junior High School for six years, and then at Northridge High School in Layton for the past three years. He felt blessed to be able to do what he loved, no matter the pay. He genuinely loved and respected his students and co-workers and they, in turn, genuinely loved and respected him.
He was a member of the South Weber First Ward, where he served faithfully in many callings including Young Men''s Presidency, Elders Quorum Presidency, and most recently as a ward missionary.
Travis is survived by his wife and eternal companion, Mandy; his children, Gavin, Cooper, Skyla and Reese; his father, Reed Poll; his father and mother-in-law, Al and Judy Keime; his brothers and sister who were also his best friends: Curtis (Tammy) Poll, Chad (Angie) Poll, Steven (Angie) Poll, and Aleesha (Matt) Merrill; several close brothers and sisters-in-law; his grandmothers: Elaine Poll and Dorothy Covieo, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Alfred Covieo and Marlow Poll, and by his mother, Lana Covieo Poll, with whom Travis had a special bond. We take comfort in knowing there is a happy reunion.