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Eric and his family moved to Ritzville in late 1975 when his father took a job with the local utility. His parents soon thereafter bought a home East Broadway where Eric spent his childhood.
In June of 1994, Eric along with 12 other who all started kindergarten together, graduated from RHS. Following graduation he spent some time in Colorado Springs, CO attending the United States Air Force Academy and playing one season of football. In late ’94 Eric determined he and the USAFA where not the fit that he had hoped and came back to Eastern Washington where he began attending local community colleges.
In the spring of 1995 he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and began pursuing a career in the electrical industry. Over the next 3 years Eric lived and worked primarily in Western Washington where he completed an apprenticeship through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and became a Journeyman Line Clearance Tree Trimmer. In March of 1999, Eric began working for Grant County Public Utility District as an Apprentice Lineman where he became a Journeyman in 2002. Soon after Eric left Grant County for the Spokane Area where he has lived and worked since.
After working for two other area utilities, Eric went to work for Avista Utilities in December of 2003. Eric worked as Journeyman Lineman and Foreman for four years before he crossed over into a management position. The following eight years were spent helping lead the Electric Operations team through normal business and storms alike across the greater Spokane and Eastern Washington area. In January of 2016 Eric transitioned from Operations to Human Resources where he is currently the Director of Safety, Craft Training and Labor Relations for Avista.
At 35 Eric began attending Whitworth University where three years later he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. Achieving this milestone is something that he could not have done without the support of his amazing wife and family.
As a part of his role with Avista, Eric works with many Spokane middle and high schools to talk to students about the importance of education but also potential career opportunities outside the traditional “college” path.
Away from work Eric enjoys spending time with his wife Heather and family at their home in Millwood, Washington. Eric and Heather, an Electrical Engineer by trade, share four children (ages 11, 13, 17, and 23) along with one grandson (age 1), all of whom keep them busy with school activities and athletics.
In addition, Eric has served on the Board of Directors for the HUB Athletic Center in the Spokane Valley and the West Valley Education Foundation. Heather, currently on the Board of Directors for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, also helps Eric find a variety of activities where they both get to support this wonderful organization.
Class of 1954: The Class of 1954 will meet at the Legion Hall at 2:30 and then will attend the alumni banquet. They will return to the Legion Hall after the banquet.
Class of 1959: The Class of 1959 will meet at 1:30 at the Bronco Inn and then attend the alumni banquet and return to the Bronco Inn afterwards.
Class of 1967: The Class of 1967 will be meeting at Mi Jalisco, May 25, at 1:00-5:30 pm. They will have lunch together and also celebrate their 70th birthdays.
Class of 1969: Friday night the class of 1969 will be meeting at the home of Bruce and Vicki Benzel. On Saturday they will meet at 2:00 at the Bronco Inn and then attend the alumni banquet.
Class of 1974: The Class of 1974 will meet at the Grade School for pictures on Saturday and then will go to the Bowling Alley.
Class of 1979: Friday night the class of 1979 will get together at the Pastime. On Saturday at 10:00 a.m. there will be golfing for those that are interested. At 4:30 they will get together at the bowling alley and then those that want to attend the banquet can at 6:00 p.m. On Sunday they will have a brunch at the home of Brad and Debbie Gering.
Class of 1989: Friday evening the class will meet at the Pastime, there will be a band. Saturday evening will be meeting at the bowling alley, there will be a band with a cover charge. Sunday morning will meet at Jakes for a no-host breakfast, around 10-11 A.M.
Class of 1994: The Class of 1994 will meet at the Pastime on Friday night. On Saturday they will attend the Alumni Banquet and then gather at the Legion Hall following the banquet.
Class of 1999: The Class of 1999 will meet at the Pastime on Friday night and then on Saturday they will gather at the Wheat Growers Building. On Sunday they will have a brunch at the home of Morgane and Damon Roth.