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Erickson remembered for kindness, compassion, humor

Posted: Thursday, Sep 27th, 2012

Long time local doctor Burt Erickson passed away on Sept.6.

Erickson was born in Clinton, Iowa, and in 1942 he joined the Army at the age of 21. He served in World War II with the 38th Bomb Group known as “The Sun Setters.”

Afterward, Erickson pursued his life-long dream of becoming a medical doctor, graduating from the University of Colorado in 1957 at age 37 with degrees in chemistry and physiology.

Soon he was licensed to practice medicine in 20 states but he chose Alamosa, Colo. for 22 years, a town he called “the coldest place on Earth.”

In 1984, Dr. Erickson joined Lake Powell Medical Center in Page, where he completed thousands of successful surgeries and delivered well over 3,000 babies.

In honor of his dedicated service the Page Medical Center named the Primary Care Wing after him.

People in Page appreciated the doctor’s humor, cheeriness and willingness to help.

“Even if a patient came to the door after hours, he would see him,” said Sarah Allen, executive director of Lake Powell Medical Center.

“He always went our of his way to do what needed to be done. He had such a kindness and compassion and sense of humor. He would be doing C-sections in the middle of the night and would come in bright and cheery the next day. Nothing ever phased him.”

Erickson belonged to the Masonic Lodge, Lake Powell Shriner’s Club and the Page Rotary Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, target shooting, photography and going four-wheeling with wife Emma in his new flame-red Hummer.

After traveling across most of the world, Erickson said he and Emma decided northern Arizona is where they would spend their retirement years.

Erickson once said that he attributed his long career to a thorough love of his job and his belief that the patient’s interest always comes first. “You have to enjoy what you are doing. I like it all. I like taking care of sick people,” he said.

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