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Erik Nels Tycksen, age 35, passed away unexpectedly on August 16, 2022 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born April 6, 1987 in Provo, Utah to Steven Cecil Tycksen and Ruth Hansen Tycksen and was the youngest of eight children.
Erik graduated from Alta High School in Sandy, Utah and went on to serve his country in the Air Force in the Security Forces for six years. He faithfully fulfilled multiple deployments in Kuwait and Iraq, and was also stationed in England, and North Dakota. He became an expert marksman during his military service. Upon returning home from his military service he married Karen Hollingsworth, and they later divorced. Together they had three children, Eleanor Quinn, Jackson Alrik, and Charlotte Blake, all of which have his red hair. He loved his children dearly and was a loving and patient father.
Erik loved performing and singing for anyone who would listen. As a child, he would sing and dance regularly around the home. It wasn’t unusual to hear him belting out his favorite songs at the top of his lungs as he mowed the lawn, and he could be heard from anywhere in the chapel when singing hymns at church.
As a teenager, he performed in many community plays including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Draper Theater, the “Tin Man” in the Wizard of Oz, Pirates of Penzance with the Sandy City Amphitheater, and as “Javert” in Les Miserable at Alta High School. He was on the Alta High School Ballroom team and loved dancing as well.
Erik loved anything and everything to do with Star Wars and even had baby pictures taken of his children wearing a padawan costume with a lightsaber in their tiny hands. He was a fan of ComicCon, lengthy fantasy novels, Zelda, karaoke, and Scottish kilts. He loved spending time with his brothers and enjoyed building Minecraft worlds with his kids. His contagious smile and loving personality will be greatly missed.
Erik is survived by his children, Ellie, Jackson, and Charlotte, his parents, Steve and Ruth Tycksen, his siblings Clayton (Heather Haugen), Spencer (Emily Chipping), Kerstin (Brian Jones), Jon (Mike Bacca), Josh (McCall Miller), Katie (Aaron Bell), Jessica, (Phillip Scott Thurston), and many friends and loved ones.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 26, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1355 East 7200 South, Cottonwood Heights, Utah. A private family viewing will be held at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service with a public viewing following at 10:00 a.m. Grave dedication and interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the GoFundMe https://gofund.me/6ea0abcc to help with funeral expenses and provide a future for his children.
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So sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord bless you and your family at this difficult time. Thank goodness for our knowledge of the gospel and the. meaning of a forever family. We live in scary time and only family will get us through.
May you feel the peace of the resurrection and eternal life.
Lois Tycksen and family
Dear Steve and Ruthy,
We are send hugs and love at this time of sorrow. We are so impressed by the talents and accomplishments and service to our country that your son achieved. We are praying for your hearts to heal and hope your times with your family remembering him will be full of beautiful memories. Much love,
David and Dianne Blackham
Jon and Family,
So sorry for your loss and this difficult time. I keep you and his children in my thoughts and prayers.
Love and prayers we send your way. We all love the Tycksen family.
May the love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior surround each one of you during this difficult time. Please know of the love and admiration we have for the Tycksen family.
Steve and Ruth,
I was so sorry to read of Erik's unexpected passing. I have many fond memories of Erik as a young man in our Stake. I particularly remember watching him perform in "Pirates of Penzance" at the Sandy Amphitheater. He was so talented and so friendly to everyone. Our prayers are with you at this tender time. We miss you and pray you will feel the Savior's comfort.
Steve, Ruth and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Erik sounds like he was a wonderful and valiant man, but then he was your son. Losing a child is a heartache all it's own. Please know we love you and hope for peace in your lives.
Brad and Holly Baker
I didn’t know Erik had died until tonight. We worked together for about two weeks last spring. I didn’t know him well, but I know he genuinely cared about people and that he loved his kids very much.