Message from Amalia Wells
November 24, 2014 9:00 AM
I met several times Eric at the Columbus Temple, where I was serving as a Temple worker. I knew his brother Wayne and his family who are in the Newark Ward in Ohio.
Now I am serving with my husband at the Texas McAllen Mission. Friday, I received a call from Sister Nutall from Utah. She asked me to give some bad news to her son, Ryan Nutall, who is serving in this Mission. His uncle died in a plane crash on Nov. 18 and needed him to know. I did not understand the family name but I got the name of Eric. Because she was emotional I did not want to ask her to repeat the name and thought it was enough saying "uncle Eric" to Elder Nutall. So I called him and I made sure that his companion was there with him, then I gave him the bad news. He asked: "Are you talking about my uncle Eric Howlett?". When I heard the name Howlett I immediately realized the sad reality, he was from the Howlett family! I felt a special feeling thinking that I was the one, who knew the Howletts, who gave the news to Elder Nutall. He was sad, but he is doing OK. He knows where his uncle is now.
Please accept from my husband Ken and I our sincere condolences for this terrible loss. Our prayers go to Eric's wife, children and family. May God send comfort in such a difficult moment.
Texas McAllen Mission
Message from Mark Lucas
November 23, 2014 7:45 PM
Exactly 1 month ago day, I got to fly for the first time and I was one of the last students that Eric ever instructed. It was incredibly fun and exciting and Eric guided me along the whole way. He was an outstanding instructor, and an even better man. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, but his memory will live on forever because of all those he touched. God bless.
Message from Duck Yim
November 23, 2014 1:19 PM
As a ROTC cadet about to go to pilot training for our Air Force, Eric gave me some of the first flying lessons / hours of my future career. With him, I had many experiences which will always be my flying "firsts," notably completing my own landings, doing my own touch and goes, flying patterns, landing at Rickenbacker ANGB, and stopping on a grass field. In one of our flights, his son sat in the back. When I made flying mistakes, Eric always took over and fixed them with a calm, cool, and collected demeanor. There is no doubt that he maintained this courageous poise as he tried to solve the emergency situation. In addition to myself, Eric taught many other Air Force ROTC cadets; no matter where we go in our flying careers, we take his essence as he introduced us to our mutual love of flight. In our last text message exchange (there isn't much but they are still saved on my phone if you'd like them) he said, "Thanks for letting me teach you a little" - a great and humble instructor.
Message from Anne
November 21, 2014 4:55 PM
My deepest sympathies to all of Eric's family and friends. I've known Eric since high school when we shared a seminary class during his Senior year. Even then, he was taking flying lessons at Airport #2 in the Salt Lake Valley, and he talked about how he loved to fly. He also looked forward to serving his mission and to all that life had to offer. He was a great guy, solid in testimony and faith, outgoing, and had a vibrant love of life. May you find comfort in your memories of him and in your faith in God and a bright resurrection.
Anne (Kimball) Kirkham
A candle was lit by Joann Duff
on November 21, 2014 3:53 PM
My memory of Eric is of a kind and gentle man. He was never too busy to offer a helping hand or to listen to someone's problems. His loss will affect many people.
To me, Eric was an unassuming, humble man who I am sure was unaware of how much he touched the lives of others. May God comfort Chris, the children and all of the extended family.
Joann Duff, Lancaster, Ohio
Message from Michael Young
November 21, 2014 3:45 PM
Thank-you Eric. You always made me feel better when I was around you. Your example sustained me in so many ways. I remember seeing you as you and Chris fell in love. I remember first visiting you and Chris as your home teacher after you were married. Your hand shake and greeting at church always made me feel close to you. I enjoyed the company of your children and enjoyed seeing how much they loved you. Your sons helped me so many times. They are hard workers who are not afraid of sweat and toil. I admired the way you lived as a Priesthood holder, your ability to carry out and magnify your callings. I know that we will meet again but it is hard to have your earthly mission to end so soon. I feel strongly that your children will emulate and respect you and teach their children the precepts and values that you taught them. Your children will preserve your name and make you known to your grandchildren through pictures and memories but most importantly through their faith. in Jesus Christ and His one true church. I am very grateful to have been associated with you my firend. Michael C. Young
Message from Rick and Daphne Lorenz
November 21, 2014 11:49 AM
Eric was our home teacher for years. We always loved it when he came to visit with Karlton. His visits were always with good conversations and laughter. Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of his passing.
Our deepest sympathy
Rick and Daphne Lorenz
Message from colleen
November 20, 2014 8:25 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love, Justin and Colleen Jeffery