Brandon Erickson was born January 4, 1977, in Bozeman, Montana. He graduated from West Jefferson High School in Terreton, Idaho. He and his wife, Bonni, were married September 17, 2005.
A gentle giant of quiet strength, deep compassion, and generous love, Brandon was a treasured son and brother, doting husband, remarkable father, and unwavering friend. Those who met him were intuitively drawn to his integrity and compassion. Brandon’s life was defined by giving, family life, community service, overseas mission work, and a life of faith lived with a transparent heart. Brandon loved adventure, was an avid hunter, and enjoyed life thoroughly. Anyone who hung out with him could expect silly antics, teasing, and his boisterous belly laugh.
Brandon felt his life’s calling was to be a firefighter. He began his career in 1997 as a volunteer with the Star Fire Department and went on to work as a wildland firefighter with the Idaho Department of Lands. He continued as a volunteer firefighter in Eagle and Star while working for Micron Technology.
Though Brandon loved being a volunteer, his deepest desire was to become a full-time firefighter. He took a leap of faith and quit his job at Micron to pursue his paramedic license. He was hired first as a paramedic with Ada County and soon after as a firefighter/paramedic with the Meridian Fire Department in February 2008. He was promoted to the position of EMS training captain with the Eagle Fire Department in April 2013.
Brandon was an inspiring EMS instructor; the impact on those he trained will be seen for years to come. Brandon was a lifelong learner and a quiet man of action. His ability to share God’s grace with tenderness and candid sincerity were just part of what helped light any room he entered and make each person he met feel deeply valued. His humble strength and unflagging generosity made him an excellent paramedic and fireman.
Brandon went home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on November 21, 2013, due to complications following back surgery. It was his second procedure since June 2012, when he was injured on a call while working with the Meridian Fire Department.
Brandon is missed by many, including his wife, Bonni Erickson; daughter, Meghan Jacobsen; son, Jack Erickson; mother, Linda Cope; stepmother, Peggy Erickson; brother and sister-in-law, Shawn and Erlonna Erickson (Taten, Ali, Tike); and stepbrother, CJ (Presley). Brandon was preceded in death by his father, Bob Erickson.