Eric Clayton Boutwell

Feb 19, 1974 - Sep 11, 2019

Obituary

Eric C. Boutwell, born on February 19, 1974, died September 11, 2019. He was my best friend, my confidant, my safe harbor.  His absence in my life and in the life of all those who loved him will leave a hole that will never be filled.

He loved being a firefighter; he was so very proud to wear the North Highline patch.  He took his role as Captain very seriously – ever trying to improve himself and set a good example for his crew and his children.  This pride always inspired me to be my best – and never give up – and I know this pride will live on in his girls, Haley and Isabella.

He was such a beautiful spirit.  His ability to love and comfort others tempered his leanings toward rage; his laughter and witty humor softened his intolerance toward “stupid people.” He was not daunted by any task and could figure out how to do anything.  I loved that about him … His only fear was the darkness he carried with him.

He is gone – but a piece of him will live on in all of us; in our hearts, in our memories of him, when we laugh or when we cry.  He will miss us – and we will miss him forever.

I will never understand why in that one single moment death was more alluring than life – but I hope there is peace where you are.  My heart is broken – but in all the pieces there is love – I will always love you – even as death parts us – forever.

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Baily Boutwell
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Baily Boutwell

Thank you for this, Eric will indeed be greatly missed. Any and all support for his girls is much needed and appreciated.

Jon M Goins Jr
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Jon M Goins Jr

I miss you, Bro…and, I always will.

Jeff Kurle
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Jeff Kurle

Rest In Peace, you will be missed but not forgotten.

Lynn Salter
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Lynn Salter

Mike and I grieve for Eric and his family. He was a great friend to so many including our son Todd. He will be missed by all the people whose lives he touched.

Theresa Kimbrell
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Theresa Kimbrell

Although I did not know Eric, I was told many stories about how great of a man he was and how the two of you were undoubtedly soul mates. My very dear friend Pam, who shed many tears for the both of you, was kind enough to let me have a tiny glimpse of your love story. I believe in soul mates with my whole being and I know what it feels like to lose one. My heart is breaking for you, I hope you can find peace one day in your heart and I pray that your mind finds… Read more »

Christine Masters
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Christine Masters

Words cannot describe the sadness I felt when I heard of your passing. I will always remember your big smile and infectious laugh. I hope you have found your peace. You will never be forgotten.

Latisha Pulliam
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Latisha Pulliam

Eric, cousin. We haven’t ever been close and once you left your dad’s I barely ever saw you. But I always admired you and followed your career. I don’t know what happened but I know alot of lives are forever changed with you gone. Much love and respect. RestInParadise.

Kris Auxier
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Kris Auxier

Eric and I never really spoke in school. I knew he was a good guy then. When finding out about his passing came to my attention. Seeing that he dedicated his career to firefighting and caring for our community that we grew up in, has really touched me. My heart weeps for his wife, daughters, and families loss. I wish eternal peace and love surround you.

Rudy Peden
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Rudy Peden

Prayers and thoughts for your family. It was once written ” I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a fireman. The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the fireman has to do believe that his is a noble calling. Our proudest moment is to save lives. Eric saved lives, thank you for sharing him and your family in our community.