Erik K. Anderson was born on Oct. 14, 1971, in Normal, Illinois. He passed away on Dec. 25, 2023, in Goodyear, Arizona due to complications following a stroke. He married Audra on May 1, 1999, and lived life to the fullest for nearly 25 years of wedded bliss. Their three children, Evan, Elizabeth, and Patrick, will best remember their father for telling “Dad” jokes, being a great listener and sharing long-winded, encouraging talks. He loved each of them for their individuality and bright potential.
Having never met a stranger, Erik could talk to anyone. He always had a story to share, a joke to pass on and a patient and attentive ear for whomever needed it. Of the many activities he enjoyed, playing tennis topped his list; he played regularly and with gusto. His extensive tennis family includes friends spanning from Illinois to Arizona. He worked at State Farm Insurance Company for almost 12 years, where he considered every day an opportunity for improvement. His most recent role was as a technology analyst in the Enterprise Technology Department. While at work, Erik collected friends and mentors as easily as he did on the tennis court.
Relocating the family from Illinois to Arizona at the beginning of the pandemic, he embraced his new home state. He spent hours arranging trips for the family to see Antelope Canyon, Imperial Sand Dunes, and all points in between. Many Sunday afternoon adventures involved hiking county and state parks while getting lost and discovering new trails. Erik loved live music and he was always looking forward to the next great concert. At home, he created a wall full of framed concert posters highlighting all the venues and bands he had taken the family to see.
Erik is survived by his wife, Audra, and their children, Evan, Elizabeth and Patrick; his mother, Holly Anderson; parents-in-law, Tom and Meredith Lovelass; brother-in-law, Justin Nix; brother-in-law John Lovelass, his wife Jennifer, and their children Henry, Jack and Oliver; sister-in-law Stefanie Davis, her husband John, and their daughter Eva; parents-in-law, Terry and Marsha Anderson; brother-in-law, Matthew, his wife Mary, and their children Grace, James and Abigail; sister-in-law Molly Walls, her partner Jason and their daughters, Addison and Hadley, as well as numerous friends. He is preceded in death by his son, Sean; sister-in-law, Kate Nix; and father, Gary. Erik was unconditionally loved and will be deeply missed. Our memories of him will be cherished forever.
A memorial service for friends and family will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Gilbert Memorial Park. A livestream link will be available at the funeral home website. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to an educational fund for the Anderson children.
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