Memorial

Memorial

Erik Blom

Erik Blom

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Died

I have stepped into the position he held in our family business. I miss him everyday as I walk in shoes that are way to big for me to fill. We would work together. He would teach me what he knew about gardening, landscaping, art, painting, creating, graphic design. I was a better person with him here. He challenged me to think outside the box. He challenged my to know why I believe what I believed. He inspired me to be original.

Tell us about your loved one.

Erik was a gifted and talented artist. He graduated with a degree as graphic design major and a minor in web design, illustration, sculpture, print making, musician. He loved to create beauty and loved to enjoy creation. He was an artist and also was a gardener, a landscaper, a luthier, a woodworker, a painter, a handy man, loved animals, and most of all a wonderful son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend. He approached life as an explorer who longed to teach about what he had discovered.

Tell us about Erik's struggle with addiction

Erik battled a severe depression/anxiety disorder from an early age. He had a traumatic birth which now they believe may have been the beginning of the disorder. His substance abuse started with using weed in the 7th grade. It didn't help that a mom would trade him her pain killers for weed. A 14 year battle with periods of hope that he would beat the addiction. It was always the anxiety and PTSD that brought him to the point where he gave up. So many years battling the legal stuff with probation violations for weed. 2 years ago he made a deal with the cops to be a confidential informant. From then on the hole just got deeper. On November 7, 2011 he used heroin for the first time. On April 30, 2014 he had been clean for 6 months. At 2:22 a.m. on May 1st Erik used. He died immediately.

What made Erik smile?

Erik smiled at his sister, Chloe's jokes and when they watch their favorite TV shows together. He smiled when he heard great music. He smiled while watching kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs play. He laughed and danced his crazy Erik dance around the house just to make others laugh. He smiled when he worked with his dad in the guitar shop. He smiled when talking to friends. He smiled when seeing little kids. He smiled when he teased people he loved.

What do you miss most about Erik?

I have stepped into the position he held in our family business. I miss him everyday as I walk in shoes that are way to big for me to fill. We would work together. He would teach me what he knew about gardening, landscaping, art, painting, creating, graphic design. I was a better person with him here. He challenged me to think outside the box. He challenged my to know why I believe what I believed. He inspired me to be original.

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