July 11, 1933 ~ December 16, 2021
Eric Darlo Fleckner beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on December 15, 2021, in Temecula, California. Born July 11, 1933, in Rockville, Utah to Max and Ina May DeMille Fleckner, Eric was the oldest of three children, all of whom preceded him in death. Eric spent his youth in Bell, California, attending Bell High school. He joined the ROTC club in high school. He was so enamored with military lifestyle he enlisted in the 106th division of the California National Guard at 16 years old and was sent off to Camp Cook in Northern California. When the National Guard learned he was not 18 as indicated on his enlistment papers he was promptly returned to Bell, California where he finished his schooling by passing the GED. In 1956, the United States requested him back into service, sending him draft papers into the US Army. 1956 proved to be a memorable year for Eric. He met the love of his life, Mary Johnson, and they were married on October 27, 1956, in Flagstaff, Arizona. Their honeymoon included a drive to the east coast to Fort Lee, Virginia. After a few months together Eric was deployed overseas to Korea for the remainder of his two-year assignment. Eric worked several jobs throughout his lifetime. Primarily he drove trucks working for Transport Cartage company in Los Angeles. He was part of the Teamsters Union although Eric was never a Union man. Eric tried his hand with a number of other employment opportunities including taxicab driver, milkman, barber, and real estate agent. He also realized the importance of education and went back to school earning an Associates Degree by attending at night while working during the day. Eric will always be remembered for his incredible self-control and strong will. He had a passion, maybe an obsession for eating only the foods he perceived healthy for his body. He could forgo desserts and pizza not for a week or a month but for thirty consecutive years. Maybe that’s how he remained healthy, never going in to see doctors or suffering any significant illness for the 88 years of his life. Eric was not one for staying long in any one place. In the 65 years of their marriage, he moved some fourteen times. Moving back and forth from California to Utah and back to California several times. Eric loved his roots in Southern Utah. He loved the drives through Zion National Park and cherished the times he lived in St. George and Kanab, Utah. If it was not for his love and devotion to his six children who all live in Southern California, Eric would have been happy to spend his dying days in the shadows of the red rock hills of St. George. Eric’s greatest accomplishment and legacy is found in the children he and Mary raised. His family was the source of his greatest joy. Nothing brought more happiness to Eric then the frequent visits he received from his children and grandchildren on a regular basis. He had great comfort in the knowledge that the family he loved so much is eternal. One of the most special days of Eric’s life came in 1999 when he and Mary knelt at the alter in the San Diego LDS Temple and were sealed for time and all eternity, surrounded by all six of their adult children. Eric is survived by his wife Mary, their six children Fran (Dave), Marc (Pam), Becky (Bob), Teri (Phil), Sue (Darren), and Nancy (Robert), his 23 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Eric was a devoted and faithful husband who loved his wife and children with all his heart. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he had a deep faith in God and a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and never hesitated to share that belief. Although he will be deeply missed a part of his goodness will always be present in the family he raised.