Eric Paul Whitney, 45, took his last breath at home in Soldotna, Alaska on Friday, August 13th, 2021, in the arms of his beloved wife. He fought valiantly against cancer until the very end.
Eric was born on November 26th, 1975, in Anchorage, Alaska to Jeanne and Paul Whitney. They lived in Anchorage with his grandparents Gwen and Will Thomas for the first year, then moved to Fairbanks. The family moved to Soldotna when Eric was 12 years old.
Eric started playing hockey when he was a young child as goalie and continued throughout his life. He played during high school and then joined the Rusty Blades as an adult. Hockey was one of his passions and he rarely missed a game.
Eric's working career began at age 12 and the longest he was without a job was 3 days. He worked at the Sports Center until he got a job at Short Stop gas station. From there he was hired by Peak Oilfield Services where he worked for the past 17 years at the LNG Plant. He started out as a roustabout, worked procurement, and ended up as an operator. Eric had an excellent work ethic and rarely called in sick. He took pride in providing for his family and took his job very seriously.
One of Eric's favorite things was spending time with his family, whether it be searching for agates on the beach, hanging out at the lake, camping, or telling stories around the firepit. He was obsessed with his Jeep Wrangler "Candy" and enjoyed "ducking" other jeeps in the area. He was always down for a good shenanigan.
Eric was well liked across the peninsula and a great friend to many. Every time he went to the store (or anywhere really) he ran into people he knew, so that would turn a quick trip into a long one. He lived a selfless life, always willing to help anyone who needed it. Words cannot describe the loss our community has sustained.
Eric is survived by his wife Sarah Whitney of Soldotna; children Liam, Kennedy, Heath, and Myah; his father Paul Whitney, sister Kimberly (Brian) Powell, Grandmother Gwen Thomas; several uncles, aunts, and cousins; mother-in-law Rose Kimbrell and children Caleb (Ana) Kimbrell, Shalom (Al) Wingster, and Stephen Kimbrell.
He was preceded in death by his mother Jeanne Whitney, grandfather Will A. Thomas, grandparents Lucille and Paul D. Whitney; father-in-law Rodger Kimbrell.
A memorial to honor Eric's life will be held on Saturday, August 21st, 2021 at 6:00pm at the Cannery Beach in Kenai.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Way Out Women, Eric's charity of choice
Published by Peninsula Clarion on Aug. 18, 2021.