Eric was born Nov. 18, 1941, in Lehi, Utah. He grew up on a farm in Vernon, Utah, where he attended Vernon Elementary and later Tooele High School. After high school he joined the army, served a mission in Norway for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in the National Guard. He married Linda Fife on Jan. 7, 1965, in the Idaho Falls Temple, Idaho. They were blessed with five children, Eric Jon, (My Little Pardner) who passed away, Stacie (Angel of My Heart), Ed (Hampster), Stefanie (Nini), Jason (Cloud). Linda tragically passed away in 1980 while their children were very young. Eric was left to raise the children on his own. Eric worked at the Leslie Salt Plant, Lake Point, Utah, and Tooele Army Depot in many positions including mechanic, inspector, painter and supervisor. Before he retired from Tooele Army Depot in 1993, he served a civilian tour of duty in the Gulf War.
He was always heard whistling a tune while he enjoyed his favorite things: horseback riding, fishing, hiking, dancing, playing games with family and friends, and hunting for both game and gold. He was always ready for a good time which earned him the nickname Fun and Games.
Eric can be described in one word: love. He loved his children and taught them well. He loved going on family trips and spending time in nature. He loved his Savior and serving in various callings in Tthe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved little children, especially his grandchildren Kalin, Kai, Tyson, TJ, Brooklynn, Jonathan, Ashley, Jerick, Isaac and Madison. Eric loved people and everyone was his best friend.
Eric was preceded in death by his father Sidney; mother Sarah Delvora (Gurney); wife Linda; son Eric Jon; siblings Sidney Bryant, John Calvin, Florence Elaine, Lois, Emma, and Clayton. He is survived by five children: Stacie (Matt Evans), James Edwin (Brenda), Stefanie (Darren Holden), Jason (Mindy), adopted son Gavin; siblings Jackie, Sidney, Linda, Vickie; 10 grandchildren; several cousins, nieces, and nephews. A viewing was held at Tate Mortuary on June 15, 2020, from 6 – 8 p.m. A prior viewing was held June 16, 2020, at the Vernon Ward building. Due to COVID-19, the family-only service was held Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 1 p.m., at the Vernon Ward building.