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Obituary: ERICKSEN, ROBERT

Published: Monday, Dec. 22 2014 3:21 p.m. MST

Robert Vernon Ericksen "Beloved son and brother"

Robert Vernon Ericksen was born June 14, 1957, the youngest child of Gerald and Erna Ericksen. His parents and siblings were excited to welcome this little boy with the white hair and wanderlust (always getting away from mom!). Robert left us much too soon, January 6, 2011. His family and many friends mourn his loss. Robert was born in Newport Beach, CA, and grew up in Salt Lake City, graduating from East High School in 1975. He had a warm personality and an industrious nature. From an early age he always held a job. He was curious and intelligent, wanting to know how things worked, how to take them apart, fix them, and put them together again. He loved computers and worked for several years as a computer specialist for the Sundance Film Festival. He also worked for many years as a production manager for the Salt Lake City Arts Council and as the facilities coordinator at the Art Barn adjacent to the University of Utah. He also lived and worked in Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and San Francisco, CA, and Hawaii. Robert was an Eagle Scout and loved the outdoors. He was happiest in the mountains or on the beach. He also loved animals, especially dogs. Robert was a faithful and kind friend to many, and was a big help to his parents in their later years. He was a member of the LDS Church, and had deep spiritual feelings. Robert struggled with many health problems over the past few years and showed courage and determination in the face of chronic pain and a variety of medical issues. Robert was preceded in death by his mother and his sister, Mimi Ericksen. His father passed away less than three days after Robert's passing. Robert is survived by his siblings: Karen (David) Fuhriman, David (Irene) Ericksen, and Eric (Kathy) Ericksen. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, who were very fond of him. A Funeral service to honor him will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 10 a.m., at the Larkin Mortuary at 260 East South Temple, with a visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Interment will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive.