January 23, 1971- March 28, 2015
We lost a gentle soul, loved by all who knew him. Thurston Christopher Erickson, 44, died tragically in a motor vehicle accident. He was a kind, sweet, giving man, steady and unselfish, who valued family, friendship and the simpler joys of life.
Thurston, affectionately known as Trout, was the loving and cherished son of Deborah Bixler; the supportive and beloved brother of Hiedi Erickson and Katherine (Erik) Deck; the gentle uncle of Chaz Orozco, Emily Rose and Audrey Deck; the treasured grandson of Lynn Smith; the deeply-loved stepson of Cliff (Lise) Bixler; the nephew and cousin of the many members of a large, affectionate extended family. He was predeceased by his father Timothy Erickson, his grandfather Ray Smith and his step-grandmother Janice Smith.
As a child he was sentimental, loyal, impish, and a constant joy to his family. He was a Santa Cruz native who loved sports, nature, surfing, snowboarding, fishing and shooting. He grew up to be a skilled carpenter, the heart of every crew. He led by example through hard work and excellent craftsmanship, most of that time for his grateful step-father. His quiet demeanor was balanced by a boisterous sense of humor and a jokester streak. He never outgrew his childhood passion for fireworks. He loved the art of pyrotechnics, and took pleasure in dazzling us with his explosive creations.
He excelled at friendship, giving to everyone just what they needed, including a nickname, delivered with humor and compassion. Many of his friends say "he was my best friend". His enigmatic smile belied wisdom beyond his years. He taught us acceptance; he taught us patience; he taught us honesty.
We are proud of Thurston. He gave back to the community by mentoring others, at work and in life, giving steadfast emotional support and encouragement. His caring and compassionate attitude and example fostered inward strength in others.
We wish there would have been many more years to share with Thurston and watch his life unfold. Time won't heal our loss, but neither will it lessen our bond of love for this truly good man. For now, we try to fill the void with memories and stories. A celebration of life was held on the April 18th 2015: Details
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