Park City Council member Candy Erickson succumbs to cancer |

Park City Council member Candy Erickson succumbs to cancer

by Jay Hamburger, of The Record staff

Candy Erickson, a Park City Councilwoman who helped mold the community with her work in both the private and public sectors, died on Thursday, a family spokesperson said.

Erickson had been suffering from colon cancer. She died at approximately 4:30 p.m. at her home in Park Meadows. She was 55 years old.

She was in the last year of her third term on the City Council, winning campaigns in 1999, 2003 and 2007. Erickson was a well-known figure in resort, retail and government circles. She delivered Park City Mountain Resort’s snow reports, worked at Cole Sport and, through her service on the City Council, dealt with local, state and federal issues.

"I think she was infinitely happy with where she lived and the direction of the city. She certainly had a lot to be proud of over her tenure in office," Mayor Dana Williams said.

The mayor said Erickson was dedicated to the working class of Park City. She was an open-minded leader, Williams said.

"She had a very keen and firsthand knowledge of the fact that a lot of us who live in Park City struggle," he said.

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Erickson moved to Park City in 1983, when she was in her late 20s, building a career and raising a family during a period of extraordinary growth in Park City. Her political career started with her successful 1999 campaign, winning an election marked by an anti-incumbency sentiment among voters. She went on to become one of Park City’s most popular elected officials.

During her three terms, Erickson was instrumental in City Hall’s preparations for the 2002 Winter Olympics, its land-conservation program and its relations with other governments.

According to a statement from the family, Erickson died peacefully at home. Her husband Bruce was at her side.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Candy Erickson Endowment for the Betterment of Park City at the Park City Community Foundation.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m. at the Eccles Center.