Accidental circumstances have led to the death of a 13-year-old Eagle Scout in Idaho. The young boy perished beneath a tractor he was previously seen operating.
According to local law enforcement, the boy – Travis Ashcraft – died Saturday in Sugar City, Idaho. His death occurred after driving a tractor on private land.
Locals were able to alert authorities to the scene. By the time Madison Co. deputies arrived, however, Ashcraft was dead. Sargent Isaac Payne tells the Idaho Statesman that the incident took place in a “field adjacent to the Newdale Cemetery.”
“Our heart goes out to the family and I have full confidence that their community will rally around them in support,” Payne adds on the tragedy. He also specifies that Ashcraft had been operating the tractor on the farmland prior to his death.
At this time, there is no evidence of foul play, Payne notes.
Young Eagle Scout Was a “Go-getter from the Beginning”
Travis showed great promise in his 13 years of life. A freshman at Sugar-Salem High School, he had already started a business with his three brothers. “Farm Favorite Treats and Sweets” is a passion project for the brothers, one that will never be the same without Travis.
“He was pretty much a go-getter from the beginning,” says Travis’ mother, Jamie Ashcraft. “He was a very determined boy. It didn’t matter what I said, he went and did what he needed to do … He lived life to the fullest,” she continues to EastIdahoNews.com.
Alongside starting his farmers’ market business, Travis showed great skill in sports and music. He was both a member of his Sugar-Salem’s jazz band and cross-country team simultaneously.
Moreover, the remarkable young man was able to earn his Eagle Scout ranking before the age of 13. Eagle Scouts rank the highest among the Boy Scouts Association of America. The rank is typically achieved much closer to adulthood.
“We know that Travis touched everybody’s life that he encountered,” Jamie says of her son. “There are so many people at the farmers market he would joke and talk smack with them, and they loved him.”
The family’s Idaho community has rallied in support of this tragic loss, as well. Over $15,000 has been raised as of Tuesday to help cover Travis’ funeral expenses.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and public support, Travis’ funeral will be live-streamed from the LDS Sugar City Stake Center on Wednesday.