DOUGLAS ALAN ERICKSON

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  • "Doug will be sincerely missed! He was always a light to..."
    - Kim Willer
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    - Diane Sanderson
  • "Colleen and family, My heart pours out for you with love..."
    - T. Chandler
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    - Students of the Richland Health Science Senter
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    - Chris
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DOUGLAS ALAN ERICKSON Longtime Tri-City resident Douglas Alan Erickson, 66, died Dec. 17 at the Pasco home he shared with his wife, Colleen. He was born July 20, 1950 in Prineville, OR to William and Patricia Erickson and moved at an early age with his family to Ellens-burg, WA. where he attended school, met and married his high school sweetheart in 1970. He began what would become a 30-year career with Automatic Electrical/GTE that took the family, including son, Christopher and daughter, Kirsten, crisscrossing the Western US until his retirement in 2000. Those years also generated lifetime friendships with his co-workers, many who continued to share weekly breakfasts together after retiring. Doug soon realized he did not enjoy retirement. He went to work as a Columbia Basin College security guard from 2003 to 2016 at the Richland campus Health Sciences site and as a bundle dropper for the Tri-City Herald He shared a deep abiding and caring love for Colleen. He was an active advocate for his children's schooling, and was profoundly proud of their educational and career achievements. Later he shared that same support for his granddaughter, Hannah Tozer. Doug also loved to watch the daily gathering of quail, doves, squirrels, and small birds outside his home where he provided them with birdseed and nuts. He will be remembered for his gentle compassionate nature, his quick offers to help, a remarkable work ethic, for tending "his nursing students", his soft laugh and staunch loyalty, an easy friendlinessespecially with children, and his love of homemade soup. He is survived by his wife, Colleen; son, Christopher Erickson; daughter, Kirsten Erickson; granddaughter, Hannah Tozer; sister Deborah Hiatt of Ellensburg, and a host of dear friends. Memorial services will be January 4, 2017 at 3 p.m., Hillcrest Memorial Center, 9353 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Memorial contributions may be made to Benton-Franklin Humane Society, 1736 E. 7th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337.
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Dec. 22, 2016