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Longtime Park City Planning Leader Bruce Erickson Dies

Leslie Thatcher/KPCW

Bruce Erickson, who was an influence in Park City planning for three decades, has died.  He was 68 years old. 

Erickson passed away on Sunday -  just a couple of months after he announced he was retiring as the city’s Planning Director.   

Earlier this month, when the city announced a new Planning Director, Gretchen Milliken, they added that Erickson would help with the transition until the end of the month.

Erickson moved to Park City in the 1970’s. He worked for several private companies.  Those included Sear Brown, Psomas, and  Jack Johnson, where he had a major role in getting the Deer Valley Master Plan approved.  While working for Snow Engineering, he spent time in Norway, where he developed an expertise in ski area development.

Erickson served 16 years on the Park City Planning Commission, ending in 2005. He was Chairman of the group for three terms during his tenure. He took on the job of Planning Director in 2015.

In a statement from Park City Municipal, City Manager Matt Dias said while Erickson had to play the heavy on occasion as the city’s top land-use regulator, he was better known for doing everything he could to develop and support his staff as they learned their way around the planning world and built a solid foundation in the next planning team. Dias added that Bruce was an inspiring leader, his contributions to Park City are immeasurable, and he will be missed.

Among other activities, Erickson headed up the Glenwood Cemetery Association, and was Board Chairman of Recycle Utah.    He was honored as Rotary’s Volunteer Citizen of the Year in 2014.

Erickson's late wife, Candy, was also well-remembered as a Park City Council Member, first elected in 1999. She died in 2011, while still serving her third term.

Erickson is survived by two sons and a grandchild.