Mark Erickson, a resident of Silver City, New Mexico died early Monday morning, September 30, 2019, at his home in Silver City. He was 73 years old.
He was born in Fullerton California to Margaret Eadington Erickson and Edwin Joseph Erickson. He grew up learning about agriculture in the family’s citrus orchards and being able to drive farm vehicles as soon as he was tall enough to reach the brake and gas pedals was a great incentive as was learning Spanish from some of the workers.
Mark had many interests and talents. A gifted musician, Mark particularly loved playing bluegrass music and was a member of a bluegrass band in the LA area. Before moving to New Mexico, Mark built custom “hot rods” and dune buggies. He was a prototype machinist and member of the team that designed and built the docking mechanisms for NASA’s Apollo space program. After completing his college degree, he became a journeyman electrician, certified master mechanic, and taught mine-mill and construction technologies at Western New Mexico University.
Published in the Grant County (New Mexico) Beat.