J. Wayne Erickson


Posted: Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Former Juneau resident J. Wayne Erickson died Aug. 9, 2007, in Montana. He was 79.

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Born July 19, 1928, he was the son of Helga Johnson Erickson and Jalmer Erickson. He grew up near Fruitdale, S.D., and graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1946.

He attended the University of Nebraska for two years, then was co-owner of a farm equipment business in Belle Fourche, S.D. He was in the ROTC during college and served in the National Guard. In 1960, he went to the University of Wyoming and received a Bachelor of Business Administration.

In the late 1960s, he moved to Arizona and went into business computer systems with his brother, Jim. He also took guests on wilderness expeditions and float trips into Mexico.

He moved to Jackson, Wyo., where he worked in the mining industry. In 1985, he moved to Alaska as a mine safety engineer.

While in Juneau and Anchorage, he studied the additive monosodium glutamate and was very active in curtailing the use of MSG.

Among his other accomplishments was the publication of "The Mountain's Hostage" in 1981.

He later moved to Montana, where he lived with his daughter at Emigrant Mountain.

He was preceded in death by his brother, George Erickson; and sister, Norma Charpentier.

He is survived by his children, Destyne Erickson, of Emigrant Mountain, Mont., Tamara Erickson, of Reno, Nev., Michael Erickson and his wife, Cheryl, of Sparks, Nev., and Dana Erickson, of Anchorage; the mothers of his children, Edith Farris Nystrom, of Reno, and Barbara Hedge, of Anchorage; a brother, Jim Erickson, of Palo Alto, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.

A South Dakota memorial service is being planned for the spring 2008.

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