Melvyn John (Joe) Erickson
1939 ~ 2014

On January 7, 2014, Melvyn passed his last mortal Board of Review and can now proceed to his next "Rank" advancement. He was born on August 8, 1939 to Delbert John and Ruby Nield Erickson in Afton, WY. After graduating from Star Valley High School, Melvyn attended Ricks College, Stevens Henager Business College, and later received a Bachelor’s Degree in Scouting Education from BYU. Melvyn married Bonnie Gilbert in the Logan Temple in1963. They were later divorced, and in 1994 he married Annette Fugal in the Jordan River Temple. Mel spent most of his career working with credit unions. He is known for his constant sense of humor and his Grandpa’s Soapboxes. Along with fulfilling Church callings and attending sports activities for his children and grand-children, Melvyn enjoyed horse riding, hunting, fishing, camping and visiting family. He loved two hobbies. The first was to raise, ride, and train horses. He relished working with his children to train, show and perform in horse shows with the 4H, fairs and rodeos. His second hobby was an abiding devotion to working with young men in the Church; helping them adopt and incorporate the values of the Scouting program into their lives. He fully believed that Scouting would bring boys closer to Christ. For that devotion, he was honored with the Silver Beaver Award by the Utah National Parks Council in 2010.

Melvyn is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Lee, and a stepdaughter Michelle (Jim) Hall. He is survived by his wife Annette, his eight children: Christine (Kimball) Hansen, Darlene (Dustin) Sweeten, David (Vicki) Erickson, Lynne (Bart) Purser, Lisa (Mike) Enz, Bradley, Angela (Paul) Budge, Jeffrey (Natalie) Erickson, and six step children: Stephanie Bullock, Scott (Suzanna) Erickson, Jacob (Karie) Erickson, Julie (Matt) Jensen, Jodie (Justin) Butterfield, Jared (Stephanie) Erickson, plus fifty grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers: Darald (Carleya), Jim (Hermoine), and a sister, Judy (Gordon) Jones. He wishes to thank all who cared for him, especially his doctors, nurses, children, grandchildren, but most of all his favorite care giver, his wife Annette. Mel requested a short service to be held where he used to hunt, hike, and ride horses; behind Mount Mahogany along the Timpooneke Campground Trail. However, there’s not enough horses so his final Court of Honor/Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00 am in the North Field 4th LDS Ward Chapel, 408 West 1300 North, Pleasant Grove, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the North Field 4th Ward Chapel and also at an additional viewing on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the church. Interment, Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.

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