June 17, 2019
8:30 - 9:30 AM
June 17, 2019
- 9:30 AM
Mark Bradley Erickson passed away in his home on June 11, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
Mark was born on December 25, 1961, in Grand Forks, ND to Donn & Jeanne (Herman) Erickson.
He graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1980, where he excelled in wrestling. He went on to attend and graduate from the University of North Dakota in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Mark began his nursing career at United Hospital in Grand Forks and loved all of his roles in healthcare before his failing health forced him to retire in 2017. He positively impacted many lives with his compassion, humor and devotion to helping others.
Mark married Jennifer Backstrom on January 12, 1996, and they made their home first in Fargo, then Grand Forks, and back to Fargo in 2014.
Mark and Jen were avid bike riders, moviegoers, and loved to visit family members around the country. They also enjoyed spending time together on Sanibel Island.
Mark was diagnosed with ALS in January of 2017. In the past 2 ½ years, he met many wonderful people associated with the local ALS support group and was blessed with fantastic caretakers (Tara from Griswold Respite and Allison, Lily, Kait, Sheryl, and Pastor Brett from Ethos Hospice). Thank you so much for the care and compassion those organizations provided us!
Mark was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents and his parents – Donn & Jeanne.
He is survived by his wife Jennifer (West Fargo); his children Nicholas (Minneapolis) and Rebecca (Fargo); his brother Scot (Tricia) and their children Barrett and Jack (Fargo); his sons Matthew Miller and Benjamin (Christy) Miller of Lavernia, TX; his grandchildren Derek, Dawson, Dean, Jessica, Samantha, and Tommy (Lavernia, TX).The family would ask that any memorials be directed to Griswold Respite or Ethos Hospice.