Candace Johnson Erickson
March 25, 2011
Candace Johnson Erickson was born in Rahway, New Jersey, on July 4th 1955. She died peacefully at home with her husband, Bruce, at her side on March 24th, 2011.
Candy set out for the West after high school and never looked back. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, studied marketing and took those skills to Sun Valley, Idaho, where she became the marketing director of The Elkhorn Resort. She was equally as proud of her time as hostess at The Pioneer Cafe there.
In the early ’80s she moved to Park City, Utah, where she worked in the lodging business before becoming the marketing director for Mrs. Fields Cookies, then Ski The Rockies. She worked as advertising director for Ski Magazine in the West for years.
In 1987 she married Bruce Erickson and his son, Justin. In 1989 she gave birth to their son, Brian. That same year, she became the voice of the Park City Mountain Resort with the morning snow reports on KPCW. Two years later, she began her long-running career as a top sales associate with Cole Sport.
In 1998 she began her most impactful chapter of her life when she was elected to the City Council of Park City. In her nearly three terms in office she embraced water and environmental issues, health-care issues, historic issues and recreation issues. She served as a liaison to the Park City Chamber/Bureau, Utah League of Cities and Towns, Envision Utah, and as chair of the Summit County Health Board. She served as part of the delegation that traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby for local issues. She was a longtime member of the Women’s Business Network, the Friends of the Farm and the Park City Historical Society. She donated her talents each year as one of the readers of the V-Day celebration which benefited the Peace House. She received the Leadership Award from Park City’s Leadership Program.
She loved powder days, summer evenings on her front porch, reading, cooking and traveling. She loved her family and her friends. She loved her life.
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A celebration of Candy’s life will be held on April 3 at the Eccles Center at 1750 Kearns Blvd. at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to the Candy Erickson endowment fund for the Betterment of Park City at the Park City Community Foundation.
Candy always said champagne was for when you are sad and when you are happy. The family requests, the next time you have a glass of bubbles, you think of her.