The family of Eric L. Wilson sadly announces his passing on Thursday, April 6, 2023, at the age of 50.
Eric was born Wednesday, May 17, 1972 in Las Vegas, NV to Jimmy D. and Mary Lynn Wilson, who moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1974 to raise their family of which Eric was the middle child, with an older brother, Marc, and a younger sister, Christina.
With two beautiful children, a son Gabriel and a daughter Jillian, Eric married Tiffany and gained two additional sons, Joseph and Ethan. As a father of four, Eric passionately loved his wife and children as a shining example of a good person and true leader.
Eric had a passion for life, and his smile lit up a room. As a child, Eric was fascinated with Indiana Jones, Star Wars, and the consumption of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. In 1990, Eric graduated from Eldorado High School. Inspired by the hit movie Top Gun, Eric enlisted in the US Navy and received his leather flight jacket.
Eric went on to earn naval accolades, awards, and honors as a true national hero who moved up in rank to become a Chief Petty Officer. Eric's 22-year career in the Navy shaped his keen perspective on the things in life that were most valuable-loved ones and possessing "just enough" for contentment. However, the quickest way to a beaming smile on Eric's face was through sharing his memorable experiences with his naval "brothers and sisters."
When Eric retired as a chief from the Navy, he enjoyed a slower pace with small pleasures in life. One day, Eric would operate his drone, remote control airplane, and 3D printer. On the next day, Eric would fish, hike, or binge-watch a favorite show. Eric had numerous hobbies, and he loved learning new things. Several times during his final months, Eric expressed contentment and happiness with his station in life.
Eric will be genuinely missed by all who knew him. He was a loyal person who offered support, guidance, and a listening ear at any time to those in need, even at personal cost to himself.
There will be a gathering to celebrate Eric's Life on Friday, June 23, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. at FRENCH- Westside in Albuquerque, which will be followed with an honorable military burial in Arlington National Cemetery sometime in 2024. We welcome all who have loved Eric and his family to be present at these services. The chapel service will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to https://stopsoldiersuicide.org/ or Wounded Warrior Project.
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