Eric Hopkins, 32

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Eric Hopkins

Husband, father, son and brother.

Eric Stephen Hopkins, 32, passed away in a tragic accident on Jan. 21, 2019, at his home in Jerome, Idaho.

Eric is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Courtney Ryanne, of 16 years. They were married in Farmington, N.M., on Oct. 20, 2006. He leaves behind three amazing children: Haley Alexandra, age 16; Genesis Eve, age 10 and Nicholas Aaron, age 9.

Eric is lovingly remembered by his heartbroken mother, Lynn Erickson and step-father, Bob Eagle, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; his big sister and protector, Sara Hopkins of Fairfield, Idaho; the little brother he loved like a son, Kyle Matthews of Jerome; his niece, Aspyn Christine; nephew, Gabriel Jordan and Gabriel’s mother, Elizabeth Colón.

He is also survived by his loving aunts and uncles, David and Jackie (Holovka) Erickson, Bob and Susan Erickson and Paul and Sue Finney, all of Coeur d’Alene. He leaves behind many cousins that he loved to spend holidays with as a kid, and had fond memories of.

Eric was born on April 14, 1986, at Kootenai Medical Center, in Coeur d’Alene. As a child, he loved riding his BMX bike and hanging out with his dog, Bubba. He excelled at taekwondo and earned his purple belt. As a teenager, he was also an amazing goalie for an elite Sting soccer team. He graduated from Project CDA in 2005, and went to work in the oil fields of New Mexico and Colorado as a derrickman on the drill rigs. He and his family moved to Jerome in 2012, where he became an amazing tile-setter who took great pride in his craftsmanship.

Eric loved spending time with his family. He loved playing soccer with Haley, board games and brain busters with Genesis and video games with Nicholas. He was a great artist and a great friend. He loved working on his truck, snowboarding, the outdoors and eating a whole key lime pie by himself.

Most of all he loved God, his family and helping others.

Eric is predeceased by his grandparents, Arthur and Billie Erickson.

A private ceremony will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making an online donation to help his wife and family with unexpected funeral costs and household expenses.

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