Eric Brinkerhoff

     Eric Lee Brinkerhoff, age 70, passed away on December 11, 2020 at his home in Glendale, Utah with his family at his side.  He was born May 8, 1950 in Panguitch, Utah to Leah Levanger and Mark Jones Brinkerhoff.  Eric married his eternal sweetheart, Colene Crofts on June 23, 1973 in the St. George Temple.  They were inseparable for 47 years.

     Eric graduated from Valley High School in Orderville.  He attended Dixie College and then went on an LDS mission to the Northern States Mission which included helping start the restoration of Nauvoo. After his mission he attended Salt Lake Technical College. He returned back to Glendale to work on the Kaibab as a skidder. He moved his young family to Elsinore, Utah to attend Sevier Valley Tech in Richfield for a year then returned back home to Glendale. He was then employed by South Central Communications for 26 years and helped everyone with phone and internet troubles. Eric formed many lasting relationships through his work.

     Eric and Colene were called on 3 LDS service missions: 1) Cascade Park in the Everett Washington Mission 2) Camp Ho-Nok in Soda Springs, Idaho. 3) Bishop’s Storehouse in Cedar City, Utah. They were also called to be ordinance workers in the St. George Temple. Eric served in 4 bishoprics and was scoutmaster many times. He faithfully served in several callings. 

     In Glendale, he was known to walk through town stopping to visit or help anyone and everyone. He served on the town board and was Mayor of Glendale. He was constantly calling, texting, and streaming his grandkids and their activities. Eric loved each and every one of his children and grandchildren.

     Survivors include wife Colene Brinkerhoff of Glendale; children Tanya (Ricky) Rose of Milford, Marcus (Patty) Brinkerhoff of Cedar City, Marilyn (Mark) Stewart of Richfield, Laura (Jason) Sherwood of Kanab, Raymond (Amanda) Brinkerhoff of Glendale, and Natalie Church of Kanab; siblings Kurt (Ina Mae) Brinkerhoff of Kanab, Dale (Suzanne) Brinkerhoff of Cedar City, Christine Tait of Tropic, and Annette Cornia of Riverton, Utah; and eighteen grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

    A viewing will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM Sunday evening, December 20, 2020 at the Glendale Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  A graveside service will follow the next day, Monday, December 21, 2020 at 11:00 AM in the Glendale Cemetery.  Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary of Kanab.

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  1. Carlos and Angelita Bulletts December 14, 2020 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad and brother. It’s hard to remember the good times now but they eventually come back and it’ll bring happiness to your hearts again. The Carlos Bulletts family

  2. Berlinda Rider December 15, 2020 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Thinking of you and your family, sending prayers and hugs your way. Dennis and Berlinda Rider and family.

  3. Darrell Callison December 15, 2020 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Eric has always been concerned with the welfare of others. I was his classmate in high school and remember when he saved another classmates life by preventing him from bleeding to death using the skills he learned in scouts. He will be missed.

    • Quim Roundy December 20, 2020 at 2:18 am - Reply

      A great man, one of my closest friends in high school. As 24 caret as you can get. So sad for the family and all of his friends and neighbors. He will be missed but we shall meet some time and somewhere over the horizon.

  4. Maxcine Jensen December 16, 2020 at 12:52 am - Reply

    I send my love and prayers to you and your family. Eric will be sorely missed. I’ll never forget the two of you and your generous loving gifts of self. Love you.
    Maxcine Jensen

  5. Aurelia Lunceford December 16, 2020 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    My prayers are with your family ❤️

  6. Gary & Sandy Johnson December 20, 2020 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    We loved Eric and his enthusiasm for life! He was always so friendly and outgoing! He definitely loved everyone!! Our loss, heaven’s gain! Prayers still coming your way!
    Great coworker! Reliable, trustworthy and best of all great sense of humor and all around good guy!

  7. Janalee Bernarfo December 23, 2020 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Raymond and family, so sorry to hear about your dad. I knew him from when he worked at SCC. He used to come in the gas station for a treat. He was always the kindest nicest man. He truly was one in a million. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time!

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