Travis J. Sherwin
January 26, 1968 ~ January 08, 2023
Travis J. Sherwin, age 54, of Jupiter FL, passed away on January 8, 2023, after a brief stay in hospice.
Travis was born in Casper WY and grew up on a farm and a ranch in Natrona County. It surprised many who knew him as an adult to learn he had won prizes in 4-H. He herded not just cattle, but bison, and did trick riding for tourists passing his grandfather’s arena along the highway. His team was a shoo-in to win the calf roping event for media at the rodeo!
He began his television career in Casper at KGWN and quickly crossed town to KTWO, where he got his start in photojournalism. The move to WINK in Fort Myers brought him to Florida and added producer to his duties, and Travis’ career was off and running. He was a special projects producer at WKMG (WCPX) Orlando; special projects producer, executive producer, and managing editor at WESH Orlando; assistant news director, then news director at WPBF in West Palm Beach; then the national investigative executive producer for Hearst Television’s Washington DC bureau.
He covered the Oklahoma City bombing, the ValuJet crash, the Gators’ National Championship, the President’s visit to Cuba and multiple hurricanes. Travis was most in his element chasing down big stories and coordinating coverage. Beating the competition thrilled him. He was recognized for his work with Peabody, Murrow, duPont-Columbia and Emmy awards.
As a nod to his work ethic, Hearst sent him to five Olympics, Torino through Sochi, which added to the passport stamps he and his wife collected. From walking the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland, and eating the biggest lobster at Fish Friday in Gouyave, Grenada, to attending Sunday school with President Carter and watching 4th of July fireworks from the Capitol steps, the couple relished their adventures.
Travis’ love language was cooking. He thought nothing of attempting a recipe with 16 ingredients, and was content to spend a day minding a Boston butt or baby back ribs on the grill while he watched sports on TV.
He loved just about any sport, but football was number one by far. The NFL Red Zone was his favorite channel. He officiated Pop Warner and high school football in central Florida, and was honored to referee the high school 6-A state championship. He ran the clock at the University of Central Florida, and traveled to Dublin for the Knights’ first international game. He enjoyed skiing downhill, shooting hoops and playing golf, even scoring a hole-in-one!
And it wasn’t only sports. Anything could be a competition with Travis, whether it was snorkeling for the most scallops, finding the best angle for a photograph or winning any type of parlor game.
He shared his love of games, and it spread around the world. Travis grew up playing cards and never stopped. Anyone who came over to the house would soon find cards or a board game set up and waiting for play. He should have been on commission for Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride!
It is almost unbearable to think about this lovely, talented, vibrant man in the past tense.
Travis will be greatly missed by Catriona, his wife of 30 years (7 1/2 leap years); his parents, Jerry and Sandy; brothers John (Denise), Tim (Bonnie) and Tom (Alecia); sister Wendy Carsten (Jason); parents-in-law Alan and Elizabeth Walberg; sister-in-law Belinda Walberg (Simon); and 13 wonderful nephews and nieces.
We are remembering Travis with contributions to Pop Warner Little Scholars (https://www.popwarner.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1578541) and Investigative Reporters & Editors (https://www.ire.org/donate/).
Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Casper WY. Please sign the guest book at http://www.edgleycremationservices.com
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