Obituary for Jaremy Jess Erickson - East Idaho News
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Jaremy Jess Erickson

July 12th, 1976 - June 5th, 2024

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Jaremy Jess Erickson, 47, of Victor, Idaho, passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident on June 5, 2024, near Palisades Reservoir. His passing has saddened hundreds of friends, family, and community members of the Teton Valley, where he was a beloved husband, wonderful father, exceptional family man, renowned musician, and owner and operator of Summit Peak Tile.

Jaremy’s story began July 12, 1976, in Newcastle, Wyoming when he and his twin brother Josh were born to Suzanne and Wayne Erickson. Jaremy and Josh joined siblings Jason and Afton as the third and fourth children of the Erickson family and would soon be joined by younger brothers Adam and Aaron. Growing up in Newcastle, Jaremy enjoyed skateboarding and adventures in the woods. He 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 school in Newcastle, Wyoming, and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1994. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Los Angeles, California.

Soon after his return from his mission, Jaremy moved to Star Valley, Wyoming, and started a tile company that would quickly make him into one of the most talented and in-demand contractors in Teton Valley, Idaho, and Jackson, Wyoming, areas. In 2000 Jaremy moved to Victor, Idaho, where he met his songwriting partner, Kole Moulton. The two of them formed the duo Moulton Jess, writing original music and performing throughout Teton Valley, Idaho, and beyond.

In 2004, Jaremy met the love of his life, Hilary Schmidt, in Bozeman, Montana. They spent the next two years traveling the west together on their Harleys, chasing each other’s dreams, and building the start of what would become a beautiful life together. The two were married June 9, 2006. Shortly thereafter, 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 their first child, Camden, to the world. After the success of Moulton Jess, Jaremy went on to perform and record music with a variety of artists, including Jake McVey, Brian Maw, Misfit Moonshiners. He also pursued various solo projects, including his debut Nashville album, Jaremy Jess. Jaremy’s passion for family life was further solidified and magnified with the birth of their daughter, Cadence in 2009. Hilary, Camden, and Cadence traveled alongside Jaremy and his various bands for the following 13 years, watching him do what he loved onstage, all while creating more family memories along the way.

As his musician life began to slow down, Jaremy’s family life became his main focus, and even more the center of his world. Jaremy’s last few years were filled with weekend camping trips, boating adventures, family vacations, backyard barbeques, and trips to support his children’s various sports activities. His wife Hilary, son Camden and daughter Cadence were his pride and joy! Jaremy loved them with everything he had. Jaremy was a beautiful soul who lived life with unmitigated passion. He brought out the best in everyone he interacted with. Jaremy may have only had 47 short years with us, but he packed in what seemed like a 150 years of life in that short time.

Many people who live longer don’t feel a fraction of the happiness he did, because he chose to live life fully, always with a smile and a laugh. Jaremy was an extremely talented songwriter and businessman. He had a passion and love for his wife and children that is simply indescribable. He was funny, caring, loving, inspiring, and 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.

A celebration of life will be held at the Bronze Buffalo Club in Victor, Idaho, on Friday, June 28th at 2:00 pm. All who knew and loved Jaremy are welcome to attend.

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