Verd Jene Erickson
01/08/2022

Santa Clara, Utah-

Verd Jene Erickson, DDS, age 85, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022, in his home in Santa Clara, Utah. His death was an unexpected expectation.

Verd was born June 21, 1936, in Afton, Lincoln, Wyoming to Milton Edward Erickson and Melba Kennington Erickson.

He Married Carol Louise Neves and within this union were born six children Mark, Laurel, Douglas, Michelle Lynn, Brian, and Monica. Verd and Carol were later divorced.

Verd married Terry Johnson in 1980, in Grants Valencia, New Mexico.

Verd was raised in Afton, WY alongside his siblings Ted, Kent, Wayne, Marilyn, Lorna, and Shannon.  He learned to work early and hard on his father’s dairy farm. He loved Star Valley but saw no future there for him. After a brief stint at the Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, he decided he wanted to see more of the world and became a long-haul truck driver. He drove for several years and one day at a stoplight in front of the BYU campus decided he would become a dentist. He promptly signed up for his dental prerequisites at the University of Utah where he had a double major, one in Chemistry and the other, Zoology.

Verd attended Loyola University, Chicago College of Dental Surgery in Illinois. His brothers Kent and Wayne started attending Loyola one and two years after he began his studies there. This made for great discussion and much laughter at reunions, as they rehashed their dental school days. Verd graduated from Loyola University with a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in June of 1971 and chose Riverton, Wyoming to start his practice.

From this beautiful spot at the base of the Wind River Mountain Range, Verd raised his children to hike, backpack, hunt, shoot, 4-wheeling, and swimming. He shared with his daughters a great love of horses. Verd took up flying and soon purchased a beautiful Bellanca Airplane, fondly referred to by the family as “Romeo.” From the cockpit of Romeo, he was able to enjoy his passion for the blue sky of the day and the star-lit sky of the night. Verd also had a passion for motorcycles in his youth.  He was able to start doing more serious riding in the mid-1980’s. He became an endurance rider and participated several years in the Utah 1088, a 24-hour ride. In 1993 rode the Iron Butt, an eleven-day, 11,000-mile endurance ride where he finished 15th out of 41 entries.

In his late-mid-life, he was blessed with beautiful grandchildren that he loved and adored. He didn’t know how to “play”, but he tried hard to be a strong and gentle influence in their lives. He always wanted to be a “younger” grandpa and to be able to have shared memories with these beautiful and adorable people.

Verd retired from dentistry in 2016 in St. George, UT when he became ill. He loved dentistry and had spent almost every Friday for 30 years helping other people at the Doctors Volunteer Clinic and the Doctors Free Clinic here in St. George.

Verd is survived by his wife, Terry, his children, Mark, Douglas, Michelle Lynn, Brian and Monica, and grandchildren.  He preceded his siblings in death.  His daughter, Laurel, and his parents were waiting to greet him.  Verd asked to be cremated and his remains will be kept with his wife, Terry.

Verd was not a person who enjoyed formal gatherings, preferring small groups of friends and family gathered around a meal. Because of this, we are holding a Celebration of Verd’s Life in lieu of a funeral.  The Celebration will be held in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Santa Clara Meeting House at 3040 Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara, UT at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 15th.  Come as you are.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah. 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Verd’s online guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com

 

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11:00 am
01/15/2022

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Celebration of Life
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
3040 Santa Clara Drive
Santa Clara, UT

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9 Responses

  1. My dear Terry: I just happened to see this on Spilsburys site. I work for them on occasion.
    I’m very sorry for this unexpected event and both of you have always been tender, genuine, bright and true to your faith and certainly to your friends!! Even though we don’t live in same ward anymore-I’ve thought of you and wondered if you both were happy where you are and enjoying your important lives(yes, important)
    I love the. memories of times spent together, and the joy that comes from you both and your southern upbringing and loveliness , we all enjoyed. Thank you for the joy of knowing you.
    Note to Verd:: say hello to my sweetie.

  2. Dearest Terry, we are so sorry for your great loss. He sounds like such a wonderful man. May the Lord bless and comfort you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, John and Rosemary Aldrich

  3. Verd was a gentle man with a strong testimony of the Lord. We adored having him come to our Family Home Evening group. When he got tickled it was the cutest little quiet laugh. He will be missed. ❤️

    1. Cousin, sorry to hear about Verd’s passing and your loss. I always remember the dinners we had together at Little America in SLC and at your home there and how he took an interest in me. Our prayers are with you.

  4. I will alway remember him for the way he called me Meme. I loved listening to him, Uncle Wayne, and dad working through dental school and later doing the brother thing. He will always have a spot in my heart.

  5. My big brother has gone a little ways ahead of me down the path we all must travel and though I will miss him it is so comforting to know he will be there holding the door open, with the porch light on when I finally catch up to him. Oh to feel those big bear hugs and see him smile, now that will be Heaven! I remember him as being so strong, so independent and so kind. When David and I had a young family and living on practically nothing he did our dental work sans payment. Wisdom teeth, crowns and fillings were dispensed with care and loving generosity. What an example he was to me of Christ like service. Verd loved dogs, ice cream, a good book, motorcycles, prime rib, but most of all he loved Terry. She was his salvation, his rock, his life. Thank you Terry for loving my big brother and for not only being his caregiver but his life-giver. I love you both eternally. Shanny C

  6. Terry: I was surprised and saddened to learn of Verd’s passing!. We had a wonderful relationship and friendship for I don’t know how many years – as your home teacher and neighbor. I have missed you since you moved – and will miss Verd even more now. I think of you as I visit Lynne’s gravesite in Santa Clara. Please know of my love and accept my prayers and deepest sympathy. Rollo B. :

  7. Cousin, sorry to hear about Verd’s passing and your loss. I always remember the dinners we had together at Little America in SLC and at your home there and how he took an interest in me. Our prayers are with you.

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