Allen Carl Erickson
Jul 2, 1949 – Nov 22, 2016
Allen Carl Erickson
Allen Carl Erickson was born in Ballard, WA on July 2, 1949 and passed away on November 22, 2016 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle from cancer. Allen was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Carl O. Erickson; Grandparents, Hulda and Carl Fletten; John and Bertha Erickson, Uncle, Lester Erickson and Aunt, Emmy Luke. He is survived by his loving wife, Vi Erickson after 37 years of marriage; son, Nick (Amy) Lien; daughter, Sherri Fontes, Grandchildren, Alex, Sarah, Evan, Emma, Ellie and Ross; sister, Meredith (George) Chambers; nephews Guy (Lita) and Matt (Debbie) Chambers; niece, Amber (Jay) Braack, numerous grandnieces, nephews and loving cousins, 100 year old Father-in-law, Harry Lindbo and many family in-laws, nieces and nephews. Al’s dear friend, Paul Jacobson, of Puyallup was part of our family as well as Mike and Shannon Havrilla of Maryland.
Al was a pioneer in his own right in the late 1960’s when he was one of the early patient candidates to receive kidney dialysis treatment in the home. He was part of several studies through the UW and Veterans Hospital during this process, including one study for testing the effectiveness of EPO drugs to boost the red blood cells and reduce anemia. His mother benefited from using EPO drugs later in her life. Al did home dialysis for 22 years before receiving a kidney transplant in 1989. He survived with the same kidney for the past 27 years. He was truly an amazing man!
His illness was not his focal point – living life to its fullest was. He lived his life intentionally. Being on dialysis didn’t stop him from achieving his goals or attaining his dreams!
Al graduated from Auburn High School in 1967, attended Green River Community College and graduated from PLU with a bachelors and masters degree in Sociology. He worked in the Employment Security Department in Puyallup, Tacoma, and Kent for 15 years. He studied to become a Certified Financial Planner and helped many people get started investing in their future retirement. He worked at South Center Oil in Kent as the CFO before leaving to provide technical and accounting assistance for his sister’s store and his nephews’ businesses.
While serving as treasurer helped with setting up technology to track membership and accounts at Mt. View Lutheran Church in Edgewood.
He was treasurer at The Grand Theater in Tacoma and was an avid movie buff of classical and international films. He attended The International Film Festival in Seattle for 15 years and attended the Sundance Film Festival several times. His movie interest paved the way to start a film club in 2003 for our friends to attend monthly.
Al’s interests were broad and he researched each topic of interest to expertise level – whether it was cheesecake, wine, coffee, films, history, landscaping, growing 270 varieties of daylilies, remodeling the house, politics, economics, etc. He was an avid wine connoisseur and shared his knowledge of wine at parties. He loved taking cruises and traveled the world tasting great food and wine. His favorite places to travel were to the vineyards in France and to visit our relatives in Norway.
He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, love for his family and friends, love of travel and learning, a desire for fairness and justice for everyone, and his integrity.
Al’s memorial service will be Saturday, November 26th at Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave So, Tacoma, WA 98444 at 2:30 pm. Allen will be cremated and there will be a private family service for Allen at a later date. His ashes will rest at Washington Memorial Park, 16445 INTERNATIONAL BLVD, SeaTac, WA 98188.
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