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Gene McCloud Erekson 1932-2022, 89, of Springville/Provo, Utah, died May 10, 2022 of natural causes and returned to his Heavenly Father and family members who came before him, including his sweetheart 56 year old Arlene Swenson Erekson.

Gene was born on December 20, 1932 in Loka, Utah to Leslie and Grace Webb Erekson.

He spent most of his childhood in Payson, Utah but moved to Provo, Utah during high school where he graduated from Provo High in 1951. He was drafted in December 1952 to serve his country during the Korean War and was able to marry his sweetheart Arlene Swenson. Erekson on January 9, 1953 at Salt Lake Temple before being deployed to full-time active duty.

After his military service, he returned home and continued his training and education where he became a typewriter and business machine technician and went to work for Lloyd’s Typewriter and Business machines in Provo, Utah, where he worked for many years.

Through direct opportunities in the commercial machine industry and his association with IBM, he learned to program, repair, and repair computers before computer science was offered as a program or college degree. He became a pioneer in the computer industry, not just here in Utah, by creating the first data processing company (Computer Systems Service Inc.), which became the service used by many cities in Utah to automate their utility billing for the first time. They have also become the service used by most counties to automate voter registration. He also had the opportunity to work as a consultant for several computer and technology companies during their early years in the 1970s and 1980s in Silicon Valley, as they relied on his knowledge and experience.

He was an active member of the LDS Church and served faithfully in many callings, including an assignment to New Orleans, LA, and Oklahoma to microfilm public records for the genealogy department. Gene also served in the Provo Temple for years with his wife Arlene. He is survived by his four children: Dr. David (Cheri) Erekson, Leslie Erekson, Marie (Randy) Baker and Michele (Matt) Farr; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; one brother Paul (Valerie) Erekson.

Gene will always be remembered for his true love and respect for his sweetheart and his wife.

Arlene. Their love for each other will always be remembered by those who knew them as a “true love story” and a prime example of what “eternal love” can be.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday. May 25, 2022 at 11 a.m. with pre-service viewing from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for friends and family who wish to attend.

Interment will be in Pleasant Grove City Cemetery under the direction of the Olpin Family Mortuary, Pleasant Grove, Utah.

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