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Marvin Royal Erickson

April 9, 1942 December 29, 2018
Marvin Royal Erickson
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Obituary for Marvin Royal Erickson

Marvin Royal Erickson, 76, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho returned to the loving embrace of our Father in Heaven on December 29th, 2018. He spent his final moments on earth surrounded by family and his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved him.
Marvin arrived on earth April 9th, 1942. He was the ninth child born to Joseph Alvin Erickson and Althea Haws Erickson. From a very young age, Marvin learned the value of hard work. He grew up in the farming and timber industries and as a young boy his family moved between residences in Magee and Dalton Gardens, Idaho.
Later, as a teenager Marvin moved to southern Idaho where he lived with his Uncle Stanley in Archer. Stanley provided a safe and stable home to young Marvin and was a father to him during a difficult time in his life. In 1960 Marvin graduated from Madison High School in Rexburg.
In the Spring of 1962 Marvin met Sharon Nadine Patzer and they fell in love. They married on Oct 1, 1962 and were together for 56 loving years. Marvin and Sharon were blessed with seven children; Wendy Rae Erickson, Julie Ann (Douglas) Wehrli, Lori Lin (Douglas) Rogers, Linda Gay (Ted) Lantzy, Royal Mike (Nicole) Erickson, Marva Kay (Nathan) Jones, and Douglas Marvin (Regina) Erickson.
For 36 years Marvin had a successful career working in the timber industry as a Reforestation Contractor and as a Logger. Forests of northern Idaho, eastern Washington and western Montana are thriving today because of his unwavering dedication to the timber industry. He was a tough but fair boss and many young college students paid their way through school working for him over the years. His children grew up surrounded by tree-planters which made for an entertaining childhood. As his kids grew old enough to help, Marvin put them to work and instilled within them a work ethic that each of them carries to this day. In his later years, Marvin started the Erickson Insulation and Roofing Company. He worked installing doors, windows, and insulation in new and existing homes throughout northeastern Washington and northern Idaho. He ran the insulation business for 15 years before turning it over to his son-in-law. Marvin also bought and sold real estate throughout his life and enjoyed making deals. He had an uncanny eye for seeing opportunities that others might have overlooked. One of his final endeavors was the development Canfield Mountain. And while Canfield is still a work in progress, it has become a part of his legacy with a road that bears the Erickson name.
Marvin was always industrious and creative when it came to making money but he had some interesting pass times as well. He enjoyed gemstones and was particularly fond of Idaho Star Garnets. Not only did he enjoy digging garnets at St. Maries, Idaho, but cutting and polishing them as well. He was very artistic in his ability to bring out the best star qualities in a gemstone.
Another hobby he enjoyed was collecting coins. Pennies were his favorite. Marvin was a charter member of the Coeur d’Alene Coin Club and a frequent attendee at coin shows. One of his favorite pastimes was finding rare and unusual die marks, a hobby he called ‘cherry picking.’ It was not uncommon to find him sitting amongst his pennies with a jeweler’s loupe in his hand when family came to visit.
Marvin liked unusual things. His home was full of trinkets and each one had a story. Like the ‘Goliath Stone,’ the polished brass boat propeller and his six-point star garnet. Outside you could find his larger creative creations; the home-made houseboat with the oil drum pontoons and Astro-Turf roofing, the remote-controlled submarine and the barge. Even his home-made insulation blower was uniquely Marvinesque. Marvin was always working on something. His imagination had no limits and if you told him it wasn’t possible… well that was just a challenge that needed to be met. Marvin didn’t take no for an answer.
A series of health-related issues frustrated Marvin during his golden years. It was his indomitable spirit and his faith in Christ that kept him going. Marvin had a deep and personal relationship with Christ and during his later years he became an avid student of the bible. He enjoyed theoretical discussions and as his health declined his mind turned more to contemplations of the afterlife. The final blow to his health, the gradual loss of his mental acuity, was particularly painful for his family to witness and must have been devastating for him to endure. Marvin did endure for as long as he could. He fought a good fight right up to the end.
Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Maureen Smith, his brothers Vernon, Bruce and Kerry Erickson and by his daughter Wendy Rae Erickson.
He is survived and deeply missed by his wife; Sharon, six remaining children; Julie, Lori, Linda, Royal, Marva and Douglas; his 17 grandchildren; Tyler, Ryan, Kaitlyn and Bryce Wehrli, Josiah, Amie and Arin Zitterkob, Kyle and Evan Lantzy, Porter, Morgan, Canyon and Gunner Jones, and Abbey, Landon, Layne and Tripp Erickson; and his great grandchildren; Brooke, Hunter, Lynzee, Murphy and Bentley.
Marvin was peacefully laid to rest surrounded by his immediate family on January 4th, 2019 at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens.
We invite you to join with us as we remember and celebrate Marvin’s life on April 20th, 2019 at 10am at the Yates Funeral Home 373 E. Hayden Ave. Hayden, Idaho 83835. Marvin’s service will be followed by a luncheon and an opportunity for friends and family to reunite and reminisce.

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10:00 AM 4/20/2019 10:00:00 AM
Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Hayden Chapel

373 E. Hayden Avenue
Hayden Lake, ID 83835

Yates Funeral Homes & Cremation - Hayden Chapel
373 E. Hayden Avenue Hayden Lake 83835 ID
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