MOAB - Carl W. Erickson, family patriarch, mentor and hero, passed away peacefully at home in the arms of his family on Aug. 16, 2012.
Carl was born May 7, 1924 in Cleveland to Kate Elizabeth Gardner and Erick R. Erickson. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, at which time a very special pen pal turned into the love of his life. He married Barbara Lee Stevenson "Bob" on Dec. 7, 1946 and they spent 66 years together. A very intelligent, self educated master wood craftsman and electrician. Carl loved working out in his shop creating beautiful mantle and grandfather clocks, jewelry boxes and cradles, and many other items for his children and grandchildren. He loved gardening and camping, but his most treasured accomplishment was building a mountain cabin with his son.
He spent his early years as a coal miner in Columbia and moved his family to Moab in the early 1960's where he worked as an Electrician at the Green River Missile Base. He moved back to Columbia to retire in the mid 70's and then returned to Moab in the early 1980's to enjoy his retirement years.
He is survived by four of his 15 brothers and sisters, his wife Barbara, his son Ross Erickson (Pam), his daughters Paula Cox, Carla Garlett (Chuck) and Brenda Haycock, all of Moab. Also survived by nine grandchildren who were all very dear to him, Melissa Abshear, Venessa Pickering, Jessica Duran, Jerimy West, Jared West, Timothy Hopkins, Camille Hopkins, Lindsay Graham and Tyler Firm, and 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 at 11 a.m., at the Cleveland LDS Chapel. Family will receive friends at the church Tuesday one hour prior to services. Interment, Cleveland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (www.pdf.org) Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Carl at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.