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Eric Eli Mitchell

02/06/1968 - 01/03/2020

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Eric Mitchell passed away unexpectedly in his home on January 3, 2020. Originally from southern California, Eric had lived in Utah for over 30 years. Following graduation from Weber State University, Eric followed his passion of working to support gender and LGBTQ equality, those with disabilities and non-profit organizations who worked to better the world. Eric was a long-time employee of the Disability Law Center of Utah. He also ran a small business, Fifth Ocean Consulting, for several years, providing leadership and visioning coaching for numerous non-profit organizations around Utah and the country. As an ardent supporter of Art Access in Salt Lake City, Eric was able to combine his passion for social justice with his passion for art. He readily admitted that he purchased too much art, not just for the art itself, but to support disabled artists and those who needed recognition for their talents. Eric’s generosity and love to everyone he encountered is well known by many in Salt Lake City and Utah. Eric’s sudden passing has grieved his many friends and family and left a hole in the lives of all who knew him. Eric is survived by his mother, Judy Richell, father, Don (Leslie) Mitchell, and brothers Don (Jen) and Tony Mitchell. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Please view an article featured in the Daily Harold about Eric’s work and contributions to the Disabled Community in Salt Lake City:

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  • Eric was a great friend. Kind, compassionate, and an excellent listener. He was there for me through some hard times and was always happy to help in any way he could. He will be deeply missed. Deepest condolences to his family. We lost a good one.

    — Robert M Zamora
  • I was so sorry to hear about Eric’s passing this week. He was on the board of Wasatch Community Gardens when I started working there several years ago, and helped us develop our strategic plan that is now coming to fruition, after many years, of establishing a central campus to teach and demonstrate urban gardening. Aside from providing visionary leadership, Eric was a deeply kind and empathetic presence at all of our meetings. He freely shared of his time with staff, and taught a community organizing class for me. He left a lasting impression, and his example of compassion and principled leadership will stay with me my whole life. I’m so grateful for the times I got to spend with Eric, and so sad that those times were cut short. Sending much love to Eric’s family and friends.

    — Susan Finlayson
  • So saddened to hear of Eric’s passing. His genuine caring and boldness positively impacted so many individuals at Art Access and throughout the SLC community. His brightness continues to shine in the hearts of many.

    — Jean LaSarre Gardner

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