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July 12, 1976–June 5, 2024

Jaremy Jess Erickson, 47, of Victor, Idaho, passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident on June 5, 2024, near Palisades Reservoir near the western border of Wyoming. His passing has saddened hundreds of friends, family, and community members of both the Teton Valley where he lived, and his hometown of Newcastle, Wyoming, where many of his friends and family still live, as well as many eastern Canada aunties and cousins who loved him dearly. He had a very special, close relationship with his mother, Suzanne, and always used the endearing term of “Momma” when talking to or referring to her.

Jaremy’s story began July 12, 1976, in Newcastle, when he and his twin brother Joshua were born to Suzanne and Wayne Erickson. Jaremy and Joshua joined siblings Jason and Afton as the third and fourth members of the Erickson children, and would soon be joined by younger brothers Adam and Aaron.

Growing up in Newcastle, Jaremy enjoyed bike riding, skateboarding, four-wheeling, fishing and adventures in the rural areas around Newcastle.

He was in the Newcastle High School Band as a percussionist. He eventually picked up his first guitar at age 11. Music came naturally to him, and Jaremy began what would become his most passionate work, writing and performing music.

Jaremy attended grade school in the family’s hometown of Newcastle and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1994. He served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Los Angeles, California.

Soon after his return, Jaremy moved to Star Valley, Wyoming. He started a very successful company called Summit Peak Tile, which he operated 28 years until his passing. He would soon become one of the most in-demand tile contractors in
the Teton Valley and Jackson Hole areas. It was during this time that he met his songwriting partner, Kole Moulton, and the two of them formed the duo Moulton Jess, writing original music and performing throughout the Teton Valley.

Jaremy met Hilary Schmidt, fell in love and the two were married June 9, 2006. That same year, Jaremy and Kole finished assembling a full-touring band and released the first of two critically acclaimed albums that would eventually land them a management contract with a major Nashville producer.

In September of 2006, Jaremy and Hilary welcomed a son, Camden, to their family and later a daughter, Cadence, in 2009. With the growing family responsibilities he sacrificed his commitment to music even though it was always on his mind. He went on to perform and record music with a variety of artists including Jake Mc Vey, Brian Maw as well as many solo projects.

Jaremy’s last few years were filled with weekend camping trips, boating adventures, family vacations and trips to support his children’s various academic and school sports activities. His wife Hilary, and children, Camden and Cadence, were his pride and joy! Jaremy loved them with every ounce of his heart.

Jaremy was a beautiful soul who lived life with passion and brought out the best in everyone he interacted with. Extremely talented, funny, caring, loving, inspiring, patient and kind, and very forgiving, he was the best friend anyone could hope to have. To know Jaremy was to love him! He could charm anyone — and often did. His laugh was absolutely infectious. He truly was one-of-a-kind and will forever be missed. He was an exceptional son, wonderful family man, a loving husband and father, a renowned musician, a hard worker and a very good person.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bronze Buffalo Club in Victor, on Friday, June 28, at 2 p.m. — all who knew and loved Jaremy are welcome to attend.


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