Eric Andrew Sjolund passed away peacefully in his sleep, at home in Olympia, Washington, early Wednesday morning, November 2, 2022. Lucky son of a gun, you might be thinking. Yes, yes he was. He was the type who could show up to the fairgrounds last minute, hop in the saddle and take the blue ribbon. Or sight read his way to first chair French Horn.
Eric will be remembered for his many talents, positive outlook on life, sense of humor, and love of his family. Not only was he a son, brother, husband and ex-husband, father, and grandfather, he was a friend to everyone he met. If you knew him, you know he could get along with anyone, and had a way of making every moment special, like the strawberry sauce on his Swedish pancake Christmas breakfast tradition.
He loved riding horses, fishing, and every pet he ever had. And there were many--dogs and cats, horses, pot-bellied pigs, chickens, and ducks. Even a few hamsters and a parrot. He enjoyed caring for them all.
Among his proudest achievements was coaching both his daughters’ softball teams, traveling the entire West Coast (and Canada) for tournaments, and scouting all the good camping and fishing spots to be found along the way. Born October 2, 1958, in Seattle, Washington, as the middle son of three children, he went to Olympia and then Capital High School, where he participated in music and the arts, curated a killer record collection with all the classic ‘70s rock hits, and starred in his own cowboy films on Super 8 before going on to establish a career in sales. Cars, furniture--you name it, and he’d get you a deal.
After raising his two daughters, Jennifer Sjolund and Sarah Sundberg, he spent his golden years enjoying the beautiful sandy beaches of Tampa, Florida, where it was Tiki Time All The Time. He was not above sending grains of perfect white sand in a holiday card to convince you to come visit.
Returning to Olympia in his final years, he loved watching his three grandchildren play and grow, and participate in all their activities. Rest in peace dad, we know you’re up there catching the big fish, at the best fishing hole in the sky.
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