We take a break in format from our normal Weekly Current to pay our respects to the founders of Pacific; J.D. Erwin. I have had the privilege for almost six decades to call him “Dad”. Yes, the cover picture is Dad looking like Elvis and sitting on a #7 sectional with me in my mom’s arms wearing the jumper. (How embarrassing!)
(AZDC Showroom 2005)
Dad spent his last moments on earth yesterday after declining with Alzheimer’s for the last four years. Even to the end his playful sparkle still glimmered through the disease. He is at peace now and so are we. He loved Jesus so we know he is by His side.
Dad started Pacific with my grandfather in 1958. Many of my childhood memories are wrapped around times down at the factory hanging out and learning from him. Dad showed me by example to work hard, have fun and treat everyone with respect. Most of what I know, I owe to him and will forever be grateful for his example and the manner that he treated his customers and friends. He was the most lighthearted and generous person I ever knew and he will be missed by many who called him Papa J and friend… like me.
Pacific Factory 2016
Those who knew J.D. and wish to share a story or learn more can go here:
J.D. Erwin Tribute and Celebration of Life Service.