Eric Joseph Draney, age 52, passed away at his home in Etna on June 22, 2019.
Eric was born August 18, 1966 to Wendell and Joyce Draney in Afton Wyoming. Eric spent his youth on the family ranch in Tyghee Valley, riding motorcycles and helping out on the ranch, waking up to the song of meadowlark. He enjoyed his time with family and played a big role as the leader of many shenanigans.
He graduated high school in Afton in 1984. Eric moved to Salt Lake City, UT for a few months to attend college but the city life wasnt for him. He moved back to Afton and worked various jobs, at the saw mill and the grocery store before finding his calling at Evan's Construction, in Jackson Hole, WY. Eric enjoyed his work and took great pride in it.
Eric met Seandara Allen in 1996 and they were later married, August 29, 1998. They moved to Etna in January of 1999. Later that year, Eric adopted Seandara's son, Patrick. In August 2000, Eric got an early birthday present when his daughter, Sami, was born.
Eric followed his small family to Vernal, UTin 2005 and two years later was the proud owner of Draney Excavation. He ran a successful business until the boom fell in the oil field. He made many friends while in Vernal, and every where he went. In 2016, he returned to his home in Etna, with the hope of finding work.
Eric was laid to rest in the Auburn cemetery on June 28, 2019.
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Eric was preceded in death by his father and mother, Wendell and Joyce Draney, brother Dennis Draney, and sister Janeve Swenson.
He is survived by his children, Patrick and Sami Draney, Laurel Merritt (sister), Sam Draney (brother), Gregg Draney (brother), Lanny Draney (brother), Keland Draney (brother), Bonita Smith (sister), Wendy Erickson (sister), Ronda Luthi (sister), and Troy Draney (brother)