Obituary of Travis Paul Courchesne
Travis P. Courchesne was born March 31, 2001 in Kokomo, Indiana. He was the middle of three brothers born to Paul and Tricia Courchesne. He moved to El Paso, Texas in 2004 then to Tucson, AZ in 2006. He was homeschooled and a member of CHET-SE until enrolling in Andrada Polytechnic High School in the fall of 2018.
Travis loved the Lord, and was active in the high school group at Christ Community Church. He especially was pleased to attend mission trips to Atlanta in 2017 and to Memphis twice in 2018. Even though the trips fatigued him to the point of not being able to leave his bed for a week afterwards, he was disappointed to not be able to attend the 2019 trip when he was hospitalized for heart failure. Travis’ favorite moments were interacting with the children of the area, and with the homeless.
Travis had a difficult medical history: first with viral induced asthma, then migraines starting when he was a young child, a brain tumor discovered in February 2015, heart problems starting in 2016, cardiomyopathy and tachycardia discovered in November 2017, two ablations for arrhythmia, congenital heart defect discovered in 2018, then a heart transplant May 2019.
Unfortunately, after the transplant Travis continued to struggle both physically and emotionally. He passed away at home from heart failure after rejecting his new heart.
Until Travis’s heart failure he was extroverted and social. He loved people, especially children. Travis was bright, creative, and imaginative with a great sense of humor and quick wit in conversation. Travis loved to design and problem solve. He could beat most people at strategy games by the time he was seven years old. He was especially gifted in the area of computer programming. Being coordinated and relishing thrill, he loved roller coasters and mountain bikes though he had little stamina due to his bad heart.
Travis is survived by his parents, Paul & Tricia Courchesne, his brothers, Kevin & Jared Courchesne, his grandparents, Mike & Elaine Miller, Sharon Miller, & Maxine Courchesne, his great-grandmother, Geraldine DeJohn, and many other extended family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a donor-funded 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that is committed to finding causes and cures for pediatric cardiomyopathy and supporting those affected by the disease.
CCF, PO Box 547, Tenafly, New Jersey 07670 www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org
These past years many of you have held us up in prayer and have supported us with food, visits, hugs, and words of affirmation. We are grateful to you all. For those asking what you can do to help now, please use the AZ school choice law to redirect your AZ state taxes to assist with Jared’s education at Desert Christian High School. https://www.ibescholarships.org/
I (Jesus) have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.] John 16:33 AMP
The memorial service for Travis will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday March 14, 2020 at Christ Community Church, 530 S Pantano Rd, Tucson. Prior to the memorial we will have a viewing in the church lobby at 9:30 AM for one hour.
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