Brandon Dale Erickson went home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, November 21, 2013, due to complications following back surgery. It was his second procedure since June 2012, when he was injured on a call while working with the Meridian Fire Department. He was 36.
Brandon was a gentle giant of quiet strength, deep compassion and generous love.
He was a treasured son and brother, doting husband, remarkable father and unwavering friend. Those who met Brandon were intuitively drawn to his integrity and compassion. Brandon's life was defined by giving; family life, community service, overseas mission work, and a life of faith lived with a transparent heart are just some of the hallmarks of his everyday life.
Brandon loved adventure. Besides being an avid hunter, he sought to make a difference both in his community and in overseas mission work, reaching out with medical skills training and genuine joy. Brandon also loved to laugh and enjoy life thoroughly -- from Mr. Roboto performances on "Guitar Hero" to loud worship music, photography, videography and favorite meals of any kind of meat -- and he was well-known for his humor and warmth.
Brandon was an inspiring EMS instructor; the impact on those he trained will be seen for years to come in their service. Brandon himself was a lifelong learner and a quiet man of action. His ability to share God's grace with tenderness and candid sincerity were just part of what helped light any room he entered and make each person he met feel deeply valued.
Brandon's humble strength and unflagging generosity made him an excellent paramedic and fireman. He began his career as a wildland firefighter with the Idaho Department of Lands. He was a volunteer firefighter in Eagle and Star while working at Micron Technology. He became an Ada County paramedic, quickly moving to the Meridian Fire Department. He was also an EMT and Paramedic Training instructor at Guardian College. In April 2013, he accepted the position of Eagle Fire Department EMS Training Captain.
Brandon was born January 4, 1977, in Bozeman, Montana. He graduated from West Jefferson High School in Terreton, Idaho. He and wife, Bonni, were married in September 2005. He was a member of the Treasure Valley Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (FOOLS).
Brandon is survived by wife, Bonni Erickson; daughter, Meghan White; son, Jack Erickson; mother, Linda Cope; stepmother, Peggy Erickson; brother and sister-in-law, Shawn and Erlonna Erickson (Taten, Ali, Tike); brother and sister-in-law, CJ and Destiny Zielie (Presley); and many more beloved family and friends.
Brandon was preceded in death by his father, Bob Erickson.
The funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday, November 26, at Eagle Christian Church, 100 S. Short Road in Eagle, Idaho. Graveside services will follow at Meridian Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made through Idaho Central Credit Union to the "Brandon Erickson Memorial," which will provide for Meghan and Jack's college education.
Remembrances and photos may be left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home in Meridian.