ForeverMissed
Let's celebrate the memories of Eric!
We will remember the laughter and joy that he brought to our lives.  This site is a place to share your stories, pictures, music and videos of your fondest "ERIC" moments.  
Bring it on - but let's also keep it PG13 :)
Celebration of Life
June 12, 2021 at 6pm
Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg OR

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the
Eric Truitt Music Scholarship Fund administrated by the Clackamas Sunrise Rotary.  Checks can be made out to the Sunrise Rotary Foundation and mailed to PO Box 394, Clackamas, OR 97015.
Posted by Diane Diamond on April 8, 2021
Happy Heavenly Birthday my sweet angel. You are loved and missed so much. Ma ma.
Posted by Rachel Done on March 12, 2021
I'll never forget just how much of light he was as a person, right from just meeting him.

I'll admit I was nervous because everyone had hyped up I was going to get grilled by him because my husband Alex Cubillas, his nephew, had a special place in his heart. And he did for a little bit, but ultimately, he made me so welcomed. I always made sure to talk to him at family gatherings.

His heart was so generous though. Even at my wedding, when my mother was feeling down, he made her feel belonged and smile. And that for me was priceless, since he didn't need to do that, and didn't really know her prior. (He also very impressively opened a wine bottle with a screwdriver, which I feel like only he could do.)
Posted by Renee Taylor on March 8, 2021
Eric and I had so much fun at Rotary. Joking was how he greated me every morning at 6:30am when he arrived to help Dave set up the room. But Eric was so much more than a jokester. He was kind and thoughtful and giving. He was generous with his time and always there to support the club and the community he lived in. He and Elaine raised a wonderful family in love with JOY in their hearts. I feel truly blessed that he drove over to my house to deliver his famous carrot cake as a gift to me even though he had started dealing with his illness daily. I was so honored by this gesture. Thank you Eric for being in my life.
Posted by Fred Bachofner on March 6, 2021
Will miss our times talking baseball at a Rotary meeting and wondering how a guy from LA rooted for the Mets and not the Dodgers (but he was kind enough to be the first one to reach out when my Dodgers won the World Series, he just loved baseball), sharing a bottle his favorite Petit Verdot, visiting Zerba and Argyle in Dundee and Oregon Lavender Garden with he and Elaine, having them over to enjoy a glass of wine and look at the blooms, but what will most miss is his kind heart and humor. No matter how Eric felt, he would always put a smile on your face. Will miss you buddy! Love Diane & Fred Bachofner
Posted by Kathy Harrison on March 5, 2021
Eric blessed my life with his involvement in Rotary. He always made our meetings fun, was a friend to all, and made me feel welcome. Putting together a brief slideshow for the Rotary Club really blessed me to celebrate the time I had to get to know him. Thanks to his faith, I look forward to the day we meet again.
Posted by Charles Coe on March 2, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Karen and I had such a wonderful time in late 2019 being taken on a wine tour of Oregon, only to fall in love with the beautiful Oregon scenery and wines Eric introduced us to. Both he and Elaine also introduced us to KillerBurger and the Peanut Butter Burger - another great suggestion and memory. We have many things at home to remind us of you Eric - wine, wine glasses from Potters Vineyard, a spinning barrel end that sits proudly on our kitchen island and was transported home in your suitcase.

It's with great sadness that we did not get to reciprocate the hospitality with the hoped for visit by you both to New Orleans and Jazz Fest. You and your family are in our prayers.

Karen and Charles Coe
Posted by Dale Hegler on March 2, 2021
I'm so sorry for your loss. I got to know Elaine more formally and Eric during my two trips to OR. It was a pleasure to spend the days with you guys and much appreciated hospitality and kindness. You guys opened your hearts to me. I admire Eric's taste in wines and knowledge. We had such a good time on the wine trails and I will never forgot that and him.

My thoughts and prayers go to the entire family.
Posted by Melissa Dahl on March 1, 2021
I was so privleged to meet Eric in Copenhagen in sep '19 and act as tour guide for a day. I enjoyed immensely the day a highlight was Erics enthusiasm of being able to buy a local beer at 10am and walk with it without a paper bag, around cph. It was fun to experience giving a danish lunch with smørbrød and danish snaps, tourist attractions and trip thru our famous free community Christiania. We had a day full of laughter and I am so thankful to have met him. We met again briefly this past november while I was in Gresham and even though quite ill, we got quite a few laughs in the short hour we were together! Heaven has attained a great guy!
Posted by Ron Diamond on February 28, 2021
My favorite Eric quotes that will never be forgotten:
“Niiiiice” and “Good Game”
Posted by Nick Amoroso on February 26, 2021
I have a vivid memory of Eric and I in the Burbank Foursquare youth group meeting room. We both have guitars in our hands. He’s trying to impart music theory upon me, and I’m just not getting it. He’s patiently trying, anyway. Over, and over. Because of him, I grew to understand music.

Eric planted a seed that would grow to encompass my professional career. I’ll never forget his patience, his musicality, and his kindness.

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Posted by Diane Diamond on April 8, 2021
Happy Heavenly Birthday my sweet angel. You are loved and missed so much. Ma ma.
Posted by Rachel Done on March 12, 2021
I'll never forget just how much of light he was as a person, right from just meeting him.

I'll admit I was nervous because everyone had hyped up I was going to get grilled by him because my husband Alex Cubillas, his nephew, had a special place in his heart. And he did for a little bit, but ultimately, he made me so welcomed. I always made sure to talk to him at family gatherings.

His heart was so generous though. Even at my wedding, when my mother was feeling down, he made her feel belonged and smile. And that for me was priceless, since he didn't need to do that, and didn't really know her prior. (He also very impressively opened a wine bottle with a screwdriver, which I feel like only he could do.)
Posted by Renee Taylor on March 8, 2021
Eric and I had so much fun at Rotary. Joking was how he greated me every morning at 6:30am when he arrived to help Dave set up the room. But Eric was so much more than a jokester. He was kind and thoughtful and giving. He was generous with his time and always there to support the club and the community he lived in. He and Elaine raised a wonderful family in love with JOY in their hearts. I feel truly blessed that he drove over to my house to deliver his famous carrot cake as a gift to me even though he had started dealing with his illness daily. I was so honored by this gesture. Thank you Eric for being in my life.
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Eric's Story

Eric Shawn Bones Truitt
April 8, 1970 - February 7, 2021

Eric was born on April 8, 1970 in Canoga Park, California to Diane Diamond and Dennis Truitt and passed on February 7, 2021 in Milwaukie, Oregon at age 50 surrounded by his family at home.

Without question, what Eric loved most was his family. He is survived by his wife, his daughters, his parents, his brother, his uncle, many “married-ins,” a host of nieces and nephews, and his dog, Luca. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made by making a donation to the Eric Truitt Music Scholarship Fund through the Clackamas Sunrise Rotary Club. Eric greatly enjoyed his time as a Rotarian, living out the motto of “Service Above Self” and especially his time as Sheriff of the club roasting his many Rotarian friends. Donations will continue to keep the music legacy of Eric alive.

Eric was fortunate to live beyond his first year of life. He suffered from a rare choledochal cyst in his GI tract that was removed at six months old. This left him with serious scar tissue throughout his abdomen that would later complicate his life and contribute to the Cholangiocarcinoma diagnosis in 2020.

Eric grew up in the California San Fernando Valley. He began learning guitar at 10 years old, encouraged by his Uncle Chris who taught him his first chords. He was inspired by David Gilmour and Pink Floyd and through mostly teaching himself, became an avid guitar player. He graduated from John Burroughs High School in Burbank and went on to attend Glendale Community College. He spent his high school years working at the Peggy Woods Pet Store just down the street from the movie studios where he gained a love for animals, reptiles and fish.

Eric came to faith at 20 years old while at Burbank Foursquare Church. He volunteered in the youth group playing worship with the band and shared with many students his love of God and music. Faith was a very important aspect of his life. He never pushed his faith onto anyone but rather preferred to let his life speak for itself yet made himself available to answer questions if you asked. He truly believed that our bodies here are only temporary and when our time on Earth is over, those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior will spend eternity in heaven.

Eric married Elaine Easter, the love of his life, on October 16, 1993, and together they had two daughters, Kayleigh and Taylor. To support his family Eric took an electrician apprenticeship with the IBEW Union in 1997. In 2003, they relocated from California to Milwaukie, Oregon to raise their family. Eric left the union work behind and began a career at The Standard Insurance Company as a Building Operating Engineer, being the Journeyman Electrician on the team.

Eric was a talented musician who brought joy to many lives by sharing his passion for music. Eric participated in worship teams at Burbank Foursquare, Stevenson Ranch Community Church, and Portland Foursquare Church. Over the years he gave guitar lessons to many people of all ages. Always an encourager, Eric would downplay his abilities which would often lift others up as inspiration. Listening to him strum the chords of different songs or even create his own sound was always very soothing to all those who were blessed to hear him play. And there was always a guitar pick in his wallet!

As a man who enjoyed the natural beauty around us, Eric liked to garden and enjoyed the uniqueness of the plants and flowers he could grow. Knowing how much his wife enjoyed cut flowers, it was common to be at the Truitt’s and see a fresh cut bouquet in a vase, he even shared with the neighbors. Annually, Eric would instigate a “snowball fight” with blooms from the Eastern Snowball bush that grew in the front yard, spreading a flurry of tiny flowers inside and outside of the house, a fond memory of his daughters.

One of Eric’s favorite places to be was in North Lake Tahoe. He grew up visiting the family home in Dollar Point and continued the tradition of vacationing there with his wife and daughters, family members and amazing best friends.

A fan of sports, many social activities were planned around football or baseball games. Eric would represent his favorite teams, the Denver Broncos and New York Mets, and had the fan gear to show it. Super Bowl parties were a big thing and always included the half-time trip to 7-Eleven for slurpees on skateboards, bikes, scooters, or by foot. Another fond memory for his girls, their friends and many of the nieces and nephews.

Because Eric was a jokester and had a playful nature, he enjoyed playing practical jokes on people. Most of us know his favorite picture pose and were kept on our toes wondering when “the” moment would happen. A great voice impersonator, he would get into full character when telling funny stories. He had some classics and because his storytelling ability was so animated, many would request to “hear that joke again.” He was a fun guy who liked to play games and he liked to have fun with people around him! Who else would tell his wife that he wanted a comedian at his Celebration of Life?

Since Halloween was a favored holiday for Eric, kids would flock to their home to hang out since he made it so much fun to be there. When the girls were still trick-or-treating, he would join them and walk the neighborhoods encouraging them to get all the candy they could. At the end of the evening, all the kids were invited to participate in the GREAT candy trade. He had even gone to the store to buy candy for his own participation. Images of candy sprawled across the floor was a common sight during this time.

Eric enjoyed red wine and would have “wine phone dates” on a regular basis with his best friend in California. No detail was spared in analyzing the different nuances of a vintage; he even kept a written description in a notebook about the bottles he tried. He became very knowledgeable and appreciated the wine-making process that he made friends with many winemakers during his visits to wineries. Being so close to wine country in Oregon, if you were to inquire what he might be doing on a weekend afternoon, you would not be surprised to hear him respond “wine tasting, wanna go too?”

The humble, kind, and accepting man he was, it is easy to understand that the phrase “everyone loves Eric!” was a common description. He genuinely cared about you and what was happening in your life. Many of his days were spent in pain from the lifelong health challenges from scar tissue, but you would never know it since his concern about you and how you were doing were real. He was interested in what made you happy or what hurt your heart. He was known to sporadically reach out with words of loving encouragement at the perfect time or anticipate how he could help without being asked.  He will forever be missed.


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Birthday Pranks

Shared by Dan Warner on April 7, 2021
I miss Eric in so many ways.  With the start of baseball season it reminds me of how I miss watching games together.  I miss our banter about which NY team was better ... and then telling him he was a closet Yankees fan.  Ultimately we would both agree on a for sure fact, “Dodgers suck!”

I recall a time Eric swapped my Yankees license plate frame for a Mets version.  I’m not sure how long it was there before a coworker said to me, “I thought you were a Yankees fan.  What’s up with the Met’s license frame on your car?” 

Not too long afterward the same prank was played on Rika.  Those of you that know her probably also know she doesn’t like people messing with her car.  She let Eric know that clearly she didn’t think that was a very funny prank!   ;-)

For your birthday, I’m taking the risk for you,brother.  Wish me luck!  

Egg fights

Shared by Rika Warner on April 5, 2021
A tradition I grew up with in my family was to have "egg fights" with our colored eggs on Easter. I recently found a picture slide of my parents performing this tradition from 1973! Many years ago we introduced this game to the Truitts who happily joined the fun.

The goal is to be beat all other players by cracking their egg and walking away with at least one end intact on your own egg. Both players hold their eggs in "fighting" position. One player holds their egg still while the other aims and hits the end. If your end cracks, switch to the other end. Now players swap who holds still and who hits. The pair of players keeps playing until one is eliminated by having both ends cracked. The player who has at least one end unscathed proceeds to another player/challenger. The final player to make it through to the end wins the highly coveted EGG CHAMPION rights!! :D

A silly little game that has been around for decades and still brings out the kid in all of us which is probably why Eric enjoyed playing it so much. Missing you forever, Eric! 

Truitt family picture

Shared by Rika Warner on March 24, 2021
Just a short video that made me chuckle. I would imagine most families have experienced similarly when trying to get a group photo taken together.

You are forever missed, Eric!