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Elworth E Erickson

April 29, 1939 — January 5, 2023

Elworth E Erickson was born April 29, 1939 in Afton, Wyoming to Newel and Verba Erickson.  Five siblings came later, Ronnie, ValDee, KelB, Lance, and the long awaited baby sister, Lisa.  All of his childhood days were spent on the farm with chickens, horses, cows, turkeys, pigs, and dogs. He spent many long days during the summer catching bullheads and snaring suckers in Jacknife. Some  people would pay him a dollar a dozen for those bullheads and that was a lot of money.

Elworth went to grade school in Freedom. The school had only four rooms and there were two grades in each room. The bathrooms were outside, one his and one hers. They were very cold but he was used to it because he was in fourth grade before they got indoor plumbing at home. He loved to play basketball, baseball, and football. He also participated in neighborhood horse races

every Sunday afternoon.

Elworth was baptized when he was eight years old. There were six or eight who were old enough to be baptized at the same time. They were put in the back of a two ton truck and taken to the Afton Stake Center. They were little brats and knew that when they were baptized, all of their sins would be wiped away so they swore all the way to Afton. Nobody had any family members in attendance nor did they know the man that baptized and confirmed them.

In high school, he would get up at 4:30 a.m. before school to do chores on the farm. His dad worked on the Palisades Dam and left very early in the morning and got home late at night so Elworth had to milk and do most of the chores alone. Elworth joined the National Guard when he was 16 and served for eight years. 

He spent a lot of time with his grandpa Keeler who taught him how to trap. He loved his grandpas stories and songs and just spending time with him. He would trap beaver and mink while his grandpa trapped coyotes and bears. Later, Elworth spent lots of time on snow shoes trapping beaver to earn a living.

Elworth was a great athlete and achieved All Conference and All State in football his junior and senior years in high school. He attended Ricks college on a football scholarship but didn't finish, a decision he always regretted.

Elworth married his high school sweetheart, Fayone Coates, on June 30, 1958 in Etna, Wyoming. They were sealed in the Idaho Falls temple one year later. Together they had four children, Terri, Todd, Sherie, and ElDonna. He loved his family very much. .

Elworth always loved hunting and fishing and spent lots of time perfecting these interests with his family and so many great friends he collected throughout the years. He also spent a lot of time competing in black powder rendezvous events and had quite the collection of prizes.

He had health challenges most of his life and endured three hip replacements, two knee replacements, one shoulder, elbow, ankle, gallbladder, and open heart surgery followed by several stint placements.

His work history includes farm work, construction jobs, trapping, forest service, carpenter helper, airplane factory, sawmill, truck driver, mortician assistant, hunting guide, deputy Sheriff, drivers license examiner, sales tax collector, and supervisor at the port of entry.

Fayone died in January 2000 and Elworth was pretty much lost for the next six years. Finally he met a spunky little Relief Society president from Pocatello who stole his heart. Elworth loved to dance and he met Shanna Baumgartner at one of the singles dances. When he got home, he realized all he had was a name. His daughter, Terri, with the help of google, found him a phone number. He gave Shanna a call, took her on a date and as they say, the rest is history. They were married January 2, 2010 and have enjoyed 13 wonderful years together. The family is so grateful to Shanna for her love and care for all of us, but most especially our dad and grandpa.

Elworth died January 5, 2023 following a three week struggle from complications of a stroke and other ongoing health issues. He is survived by his wife Shanna, his daughter Terri Dahlstrom (Robin), son Todd Erickson (Tami), daughter Sherie Warren (Wyatt), and daughter ElDonna O'Brien (Joseph); step children – daughter Kele Hansen (Johnny), son Kevin Dawson (Jennifer), and son Patrick Baumgartner (Amanda); as well as 30 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Fayone, his parents Newel and Verba Erickson, his brother ValDee Erickson, brother-in-law Tad Jensen, and his grandson Kyle Erickson.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend and will be greatly missed!

A funeral service will be on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 12:00 PM  at the Kinghorn LDS chapel, 1700 Kinghorn Rd., Pocatello, Idaho 83202. Webcasting of the service will be available on Elworth's tribute page. A viewing will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the church. A dedication of Elworth's final resting place will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 1 PM at the Etna Cemetery in Wyoming.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

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