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Gene McCloud Erekson

December 20, 1932 ~ May 10, 2022 (age 89)

Obituary

Gene McCloud Erekson, 89, of Springville/Provo, Utah passed away May 10, 2022 from natural causes and returned to his Father in Heaven and family members who preceded him in death including his sweetheart of 56 years Arlene Swenson Erekson.

Gene was born December 20, 1932 in Loka, Utah to Leslie and Grace Webb Erekson.  He spent most of his childhood in Payson, Utah but moved to Provo, Utah during High School graduating from Provo High in 1951.  He was drafted in December 1952 to serve his country during the Korean War and was able to marry his sweetheart Arlene Swenson Erekson on January 9 ,1953 in the Salt Lake Temple before being deployed to full time active duty.

After his service in the Army, he returned home and continued his training and education where he became a typewriter and business machine technician and went to work for Lloyd’s Typewriter and Business Machines in Provo, Utah where he worked for many years.

Through direct opportunities in the business machine industry and his association with IBM, he learned how to program, fix and repair computers before computer science was offered as a college program or degree.  He became a pioneer in the computer science industry not only here in Utah by starting the first data processing company, (Computer Systems Services Inc.) which became the service many of the cities in Utah used to automate their utility billing for the first time.  They also became the service that most counties used to automate voter registration.  Gene also had opportunity to work as a consultant for several computer and technology companies in their early years during the 1970’s and 80’s in Silicon Valley as they relied on his knowledge and experience.

He was an active member of the LDS church and served faithfully in many callings including  a mission to New Orleans, LA and Oklahoma to do public record microfilming for the genealogy department.  Gene also served in the Provo Temple for years with his wife Arlene.

He is survived by his four children: Dr. David (Cheri) Erekson, Leslie Erekson, Marie (Randy) Baker and Michelle (Matt) Farr; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; one brother Paul (Valerie) Erekson.

Gene will always be remembered for his true love and respect for his sweetheart and wife Arlene, their love for one another will always be remembered by those that knew them as a “True Love Story” and great example of what “Eternal Love” can be.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 11:00 am in the Provo Pioneer First Ward Chapel, 700 West 400 North, Provo where family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:30 – 10:45 am prior to services.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.

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Services

Viewing
Wednesday
May 25, 2022

9:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Provo Pioneer First Ward
700 West 400 North
Provo, UT 84601

Funeral Service
Wednesday
May 25, 2022

11:00 AM
Provo Pioneer First Ward
700 West 400 North
Provo, UT 84601

Interment
Wednesday
May 25, 2022

12:30 PM
Pleasant Grove City Cemetery
550 North 100 West
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

Military Honors
Wednesday
May 25, 2022

12:30 PM
Pleasant Grove City Cemetery
550 North 100 West
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

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