Duard Blair Erickson peacefully returned to our Heavenly Father, on January 14, 2023, at the age of 88 in his home in Bedford, Wyoming.
Blair was born in Fairview, Wyoming to Duard Hyrum Erickson and Vera Hoopes Erickson on October 19, 1934, the third of six children.
Blair grew up as an adventurous little boy in Fairview. He was very active and loved to be outdoors with his family riding horses,
fishing, and trapping. The family worked hard together and played hard together. He graduated from Star Valley High School where he met the
love of his life, Alice Fluckiger, in World History class. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple for time and all eternity on July 7, 1954.
They made their first home in Afton and Blair worked on construction of the Palisades Dam. Within a year, they moved to Fairview
where they started their family. In 1960, they took their young family to run the Fluckiger family dairy farm in Bedford, eventually
buying the farm and making it their permanent home, where they raised their twelve children.
Blair kept his days full, starting early in the morning and working until late at night. He taught his kids to work hard by example
and by having them work right alongside him.
Blair loved to joke and tease anyone and everyone he was around. The light in his eyes and the grin on his face as he laughed
couldn’t help but make you smile. Anyone who came in contact with Blair knew how much he cared about them, and we never
escaped without one of his famous bear hugs! His neighbors all knew him because he shared his love by serving them.
His good example helped his children learn to serve and help others also.
When there was a break in the work, you would find the family carrying on the tradition of spending time together as a family.
In the outdoors, he loved hunting, camping, and fishing with his family and riding his Purebred Morgan horses. Indoors, he liked
playing board games and card games. The family all plays a game that we call “Grandpa’s Game.” Even though he was usually
working, he liked to sit down to read a book or watch a good old western movie once in a while. He liked to listen to his music,
and would often be heard singing around the house, barn, or in the car. He thoroughly enjoyed singing in the ward choir.
Blair's love for his Savior was shown in everything he did and said. Kneeling around the kitchen table before breakfast to
start the day with family prayer was very common. He loved each member of his family and showed them that love through his
actions and deeds. He is a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many positions.
He served for about 10 years as a temple worker, first in the Idaho Falls Temple and then in the Star Valley Temple.
Blair will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend, and neighbor. He is survived by
his sweet wife, Alice, his 12 children; Jann (Hal) Heiner, Alan (Sheri) Erickson, Denise (Kent) Astle, Betsy (Mike) Denney, Bart (Janet) Erickson,
Colin (Jean) Erickson, Sven (Bobbi) Erickson, David (Lynda) Erickson, Brent (Maleah) Erickson, Allison (Clint) Fullmer, Vera Lyn
(late Brian) Bradshaw, Aaron (Angeana) Erickson, 68 grandchildren, 112 great grandchildren, and his sister, Vera Beth Hyde. He is
preceded in death by his parents, siblings Cora Jean Sessions, Farrel Ross Erickson, Eric Reed Erickson, Royle Dee Erickson, 3
grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Go to https://www.facebook.com/schwabmortuary/ to view the funeral services.