A Man for Others
While on Eye Street, Erik was a scholar, a football player, a lacrosse player, and a trumpet player in the band. While in the band, Erik achieved the ranks of First Chair, Section Leader, and Co-Concert Master. A gentle giant with a kind soul and unique sense of humor, he also earned the rank of Eagle Scout and poured himself into all of the activities in which he participated.
After graduation from Gonzaga, Erik attended one year of prep school at Andover before attending the United States Naval Academy. Erik earned his varsity letter in heavyweight crew at Navy before graduating with an English major and French minor in 1995.
After several years of service, Erik knew he wanted to be a Navy SEAL but was told that he was too old and would not be able to make it.
Instead of listening to those who told him he could not, he chose instead to work to achieve his future.