DARBY — Erik Rolf Jorgensen, known as "Moose," 70, of Darby, passed away on Nov. 15, 2017, from cardiac complications at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
He was born on March 19, 1947, in Grangeville, Idaho, to Rolf and Dorothy Jorgensen. He grew up in Riggins and Grangeville, Idaho, and Butte. In 1965, Erik graduated from Butte High. After serving in the Navy from 1967 to 1972, he returned to Butte, working as a machinist and had an ice making business. In the early 1990s, Erik moved to the Bitterroot Valley, happily living in his cabin on the ridge with a view of Trapper Peak.
Moose was a man with many skills and talents. He was a machinist, welder, heavy-duty equipment operator, ranch hand, carpenter, house builder and car mechanic. He could solve problems and repair most types of equipment. He was always willing to help his family and friends with their projects.
Being an outdoor person, Moose was an avid skier and white-water rafter, making numerous rafting trips on Montana and Idaho rivers and several long floats on the Colorado River. He enjoyed snowmobiling, back country hiking, mountain biking and being in nature. Moose also took great pleasure in the comradery of his "family of friends" and all their festive activities.
Erik is survived by two sisters, Christine Jorgensen of Missoula and Karen Harwood and her husband Denny of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho; one nephew, four nieces, and several great-nephews and nieces.
Moose will be missed by his family and many friends. A celebration of his life will be planned in the summer in the Bitterroot Valley.