The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 Steven D. “Bear” Erickson

Steven D. “Bear” Erickson

Death 29 Oct 2012 (aged 56)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 100045363 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Steven D. "Bear" Erickson 1956 ~ 2012

It is foolish to morn men that have died; rather we should thank God that we knew them. Bear moved along on his journey October 29, 2012 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. His competitive nature, sense of humor and unconditional caring will surely be missed by all that had the fortune to know him. Born to Lt Col Lawrence V and Margaret Louise Erickson on September 11, 1956, Steven's nickname was spawned from a crewcut prior to the little league football season that gave him the likeness of a fuzzy bear. From then on, he was known to all he loved as "Bear."

Bear attended Highland High School and graduated from Westminster College on an athletic scholarship. It was there he found the love of his life, Connie Jo Petterson, and they were married in 1979 spending little time apart. Family and friends were Bear's mainstays; he cherished the addition of his children Maren (18) and Joe (15). Bear could work a room and used his charms to excel in the business world. One of his main regrets as the illness progressed was his inability for partaking in the daily bargaining with his business associates and those he served.

An avid sportsman, Bear loved boating, camping, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed watching a good college football game; he was an unwavering Utah fan. He loved swapping stories of old football experiences in addition to "the one that got away".

Preceded in death by his parents and brother Lawrence Lee Erickson, Bear is survived by his wife Connie Jo, his two children Maren and Joe, sisters Judy (Marv) Shewell and Sharon (Darin) Hansen, brother Michael Erickson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to share in the Celebration of Bear's life between 6:00 and 9:00 Friday evening November 2, 2012 at the Parthenon Banquet Room, 3205 South State Street. The Erickson family thanks Bear's colleagues at Airgas and the Intermountain Hospice Services for their kindness and consideration in the comfort they provided Bear. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organization in Bear's name: Foundation for Homecare & Hospice 2250 South 1300 West SLC 84119 or at Funeral directors, Neil O'Donnell and Sons.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from November 1 to November 2, 2012

Family Members


See more Erickson memorials in:



  • Created by: Lynn Allcott
  • Added: 2 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100045363
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Steven D. “Bear” Erickson (11 Sep 1956–29 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100045363, ; Maintained by Lynn Allcott (contributor 47239838) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.