Erik Randall Jorgensen passed away in Logan, Utah on Dec. 24, 2008, as a result of a tragic snowmobile accident. He was born June 24, 1986, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the eldest son of Randall E. and Rosemarie Obray Jorgensen of Paradise, Utah.
He attended elementary and middle schools in Cache Valley graduating from Mountain Crest High School in 2004. He was active in baseball and golf where he was awarded Academic All-State in both the sports (an award given to the top 10 high school seniors in the state).
Erik was active in scouting and earned his Eagle Scout Award. He was an active member of the LDS Church having served in various callings, his most enjoyable calling being the coach of the priests' basketball team.
Erik was currently a senior at Utah State University pursuing a career in pharmacy. Recently, he received an invitation to join the USU Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society representing the top 15 percent of his class.
It was while attending USU he met the love of his life, Casey Leigh Murray. They were married in the Logan LDS Temple on Aug. 9, 2008, for time and all eternity. Together, they both were working hard to finish their degrees.
Being outdoors was where Erik most enjoyed being. His motto was "Gone fishing, be back for deer hunting." One of his most enjoyable summers was spent in Alaska working at a fish cannery with his best friend, Jesse Johnson, who was also tragically taken in the same accident.
He also had the opportunity to spend a weeks vacation at Brook's Camp, Alaska, with his father and uncle fishing and bear watching. Erik was always the last one to cast his line or take the shot making sure his younger brother or cousins got the first chance at the big ones. Hunting in the fall was something Erik looked forward to every year; it didn't matter if Erik had the tag or not, he was always happy for the invite and excited to go along.
Family was the most important part of Erik's life, and he made sure that Casey was as much a part of his family as he was. Everyone loved being around him and Casey. He was always the person who lit up any room he walked into. Erik touched the lives of many and was a great role model for all he came in contact with. He was willing to help out whoever needed a hand--from mowing lawns and moving pipe in the summer to putting up Christmas lights and shoveling snow in the winter; Erik was always there with a smile!
Erik left this life with no regrets. There is no doubt how much he loved and was loved. Our memories of him will forever fill the emptiness of his passing.
Erik is survived by his wife, Casey; his parents; sister, Alexa; brother, Gregory; in-laws, Kirk and Mitzi Murray, and sisters-in-law, Nicole and Jessica Murray of Castle Dale, Utah. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Howard E. Jorgensen and Wayne J. Obray.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the members of the Cache County Search and Rescue and sincere thanks to the many other fellow snowmobilers who helped on the mountain with the rescue operations. They also extend a special thank you to all the families who have been so generous with their love and support during this difficult time.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at the Paradise First Ward Chapel, 155 East 9400 South. Friends and family called from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, at the Allen-Hall Mortuary and at the church Monday morning from 10:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at the Paradise Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.