Travis was born in Blackfoot, Idaho in 1930 to Glenn Alley Haws and Roxie Estella Jensen Duckworth and grew up in Idaho Falls. He served an LDS mission in Brazil in 1950 and later married JoAnn Kay Chadwick in the Idaho Falls temple in 1953.
He graduated with his BA and MA from BYU and his Ph.D. in Zoology from Purdue University. From 1958-66 he held university teaching positions at colleges in New York, New Jersey, and was the first LDS professor hired by the University of Puget Sound in Washington State. He joined the Church Education System in 1966 and became the LDS Institute Director at Portland State University from 1970 to 1992. Among his various church callings, he was Branch President in Plattsburgh and Bishop of the Tacoma 4th and Forest Grove wards. Since his retirement, he served additional LDS missions with his wife in Philadelphia, Nauvoo and Salt Lake City.
Dr. Haws was an avid outdoorsman, master gardener, entrepreneur, scientist, teacher, scholar, author and family man. He is known for his wit and candor, his outgoing nature, and engaging personality. He was curious about life and always amazed by its profound beauty. He had a special gift for appreciating classical music from the moment he heard his first Metropolitan Opera at the age of nine and finding himself moved to tears without knowing why. He later fulfilled a lifelong dream as the guest conductor for the Utah symphony at the 2006 Deer Valley 4th of July concert.
Just months before his passing, Dr. Haws was able to publish his Magnus Opus, a book entitled “Who and What Am I, Why Am I Here on This Earth” (www.answersfromheaven.org) a book he believed could help any person understand the truth about the origin and purpose of life.
He is survived by: his sister, Sharon Jewkes; and his 8 children, 31 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren and will be sorely missed by all those who were taught at his feet and influenced by his love and testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ.
His family is holding funeral services in his honor at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 4, 2014 at the Sandy LDS chapel, 9855 S 2300 E with viewing services beginning at 11:00 am.