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Travis Cole Roche

Travis Cole Roche of Mackay (Chilly), Idaho passed away in Chilly, Idaho from a work-related accident on May 16, 2022, at the age of 39.

Travis was born in Blackfoot, Idaho on May 6, 1983, to Vernon Douglas Roche and Cecelia Joanne (Coates) Roche. Travis grew up on the family ranch in Chilly, Idaho. Travis was a hard worker and spent many hours changing pipe, moving and calving cows, putting up hay, and many other farm-related tasks. During his childhood, Travis enjoyed rodeoing, showing steers at the fair, hunting with his dad, brother, and friends, and playing basketball and football. Travis attended Mackay Elementary and Mackay JR /SR High School. He graduated from Mackay High School in 2001.

Throughout high school, Travis participated in high school rodeo, FFA, football, and basketball. Travis excelled in high school rodeo and won various district titles and the District One All-Around in 2001. His senior year he served as the Mackay FFA Chapter President. Travis was a member of three state basketball championship teams and four state football championship teams. He was selected to multiple all-conference and all-state basketball and football teams. Travis enjoyed high school and was surrounded by great friends.

After high school, Travis attended ISU and later became a journeyman electrician and master electrician. He worked for C&R Electric and Premier Technologies before he started his own business, Trail Creek Electric. Throughout his career, Travis developed many friendships that helped shape his life and he cherished those friendships.

On May 19, 2005, Travis married his high school sweetheart, Crystal Hatch, in the Salt Lake City, Utah temple. Travis and Crystal lived in Carey, Richfield, and Blackfoot, Idaho before moving back to Mackay in 2015 to work on the family ranch and Trail Creek Electric. While living in Blackfoot, Travis and Crystal welcomed Cooper Cole and Maylee Jo into their family. Wes Wiley completed Travis and Crystal’s family in 2016. Their family enjoyed many camping and hunting trips, rodeos, basketball and football games, dance recitals, spring breaks in St. George Utah, gathering firewood, singing old country songs, and branding season.

Travis was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was currently serving as the Bishop of the Mackay, Idaho ward. He also served on the Lost River Highway Board and as a sales representative for McKay Livestock. Travis was a kind and fun person, and he was good at serving others. Travis and Crystal worked extremely hard together on the ranch and Trail Creek Electric and they set a great example for their children, family, and friends.

Travis is survived by his amazing wife Crystal Roche; children Cooper Cole Roche (13), Maylee Jo Roche (9), and Wes Wiley Roche (5); parents Vernon and Joanne Roche; siblings Jay (Jamie) Roche and Sherry (Matt) Gibbs; fathers-in-laws Russ (Mitzi) Hatch and Rick Smyer; sister-in-laws Tiffany (Jon) Paul, Amanda (Bobby) Callahan, Heather Casler; brother-in-laws Scott (Brianna) Smyer, Brandon (Jennifer) Hadley, Jess (Kristin) Pearce, Dillon Hatch, and many nieces and nephews that he adored. He is preceded in death by his beloved mother-in-law Cindy Smyer and grandparents Doug and Doris Roche and Byron and Lola Coates.

A viewing will be held Sunday, May 22, 2022, at the Anderson Family Funeral Home located at 2555 US Highway 93 in Arco, Idaho from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Moore LDS Stake Center located at 3100 North 3350 West, in Moore, Idaho at 11:00 am with a viewing from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Interment will be at the Chilly Cemetery following the funeral services.

The family would like to thank all their family and friends for the support given to them during this difficult time. A special thank you to the Lost River EMTs that responded to the accident, and to Travis and Crystal’s friends for putting the irrigation pipe together and hauling cattle. Your help means more than you will ever know.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for their children at the US BANK in Mackay.

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