Erik W. Bartleson

Erik W. Bartleson, 49 of Lewisville, Texas, passed away on Sept. 9, 2012.

Erik was born in St. Paul, Minn. to Warner and Mary Lou Bartleson and grew up in Crystal Lake, Ill. He was an entrepreneur as well as a highly skilled programmer. Erik loved the Colorado mountains with their skiing and snow sports. He enjoyed a complicated challenge and an involved discussion of abstract ideas such as “string theory” and “black holes.” He was an extremely knowledgeable and highly skilled technician, known for his kindness, loyalty, competence, gentleness and huge smile. Erik had lived in Tonasket with his parents for various periods of time. Everywhere he went, he became close friends with many groups, co-workers and others. Erik loved the mountain retreat home of his father and new mom Sara in Oroville.

He is survived by his father, Warner Bartleson (formerly of Grand Coulee and Tonasket); and step-mom, Sara Struble Bartleson (formerly of Indianapolis, Ind.); as well as three sisters: Laurie Barrett and family of Burlington, Wis., Beth Zarian and family of Superior, Colo., and Amy Balcam and family of Bloomington, Ind,; three step-brothers: Scott Cook and family of Jamestown, Ind., Nathan Cook and family of Indianapolis, Ind., and Corey Cook Sr. and family of Indianapolis, Ind.; uncles: Rod Bartleson of Cut Bank, Mont., and Vance Bartleson of Shoreline, Wash.; and great aunt, Clarmae Piegat of Minneapolis, Minn.. He also has 13 nieces and nephews and two grand-nieces as well as many cousins.

Erik was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lou (nee Moe) Bartleson.

A memorial service was held in Lewisville, Texas. To sign an online register or convey condolences, please visit