Jolette Erickson Franco passed away peacefully on January 23, 2023 at her home in Kaysville, Utah at the age of 61. At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by her loving family.
Jolette was born September 24, 1961 in South Ogden, Utah to Edward John and Dorothy Corinne Lewis Erickson. She was the oldest of six children: JeRee (Tony) Quintrequeo, Kelly (Daniel) Miller, Kristine (David) Odekirk, Robert (Stacey) Erickson, Scott (Karen) Erickson.
Jolette grew up in South Ogden, Utah and graduated from Bonneville High School. Growing up, she enjoyed all sports, but her favorite was softball and she loved to help with her little brothers’ baseball teams. She was a diehard fan of the Minnesota Vikings, and she influenced all her brothers, sisters, husband, and children to cheer SKOL Vikings!
She gained a deep love for BYU football and basketball, after attending Brigham Young University for a couple years. Nobody dared to cheer for any other team playing them while watching games with her. Besides sports, she was an avid camper and enjoyed nature and the outdoors.
Education was extremely important to Jolette. She graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology. After college, Jolette served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1983 to 1984. She was called to serve in the Costa Rica-Panama Mission as a welfare missionary and fell in love with the people she served. She always talked about the kindness and faithfulness of the people in Limon, Costa Rica or Santiago, Panama among the many other places she served.
Jolette met Erick Jose Franco in Panama during their mission and on April 16, 1986 they married in the Salt Lake Temple for time and eternity. They started their family in Salt Lake City and settled in Kaysville. They were blessed with 4 children: Rebekah (Matthew) Allen, Joslyn (Nicholas) Baker, Elizabeth (Carlos) Gutierrez, Erick (Jordon) Franco. She continued to serve by raising her children with the same standards and lessons that she taught while on her mission. She also served in multiple callings throughout her life within the church and she enjoyed teaching gospel doctrine either in English or Spanish. She valued service and made it a prominent part of her life. She always found quiet ways to serve her community, members of her church congregation, and her family.
After a few years working from home and chasing after all four small children, Jolette went on to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Utah. She worked for several companies in the medical field, developing life-saving drugs for expecting mothers and vital plasma components for the manufacturing of critical drugs that are still being used today. In the last few years, she worked for Myriad Genetics and later with Grail as Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs. She thrived in that area and was well respected in her industry.
Later in life, her grandchildren became her primary focus. Jolette adored spending time with them and getting to know their sweet personalities. She enjoyed reading, putting together puzzles and watching cartoons with the little ones.
She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Dorothy, and Edward Erickson. She is survived by her husband Erick, her mother-in-law Rosa, her four children and seven grandchildren. She will be so happy to be reunited with her parents.
“So, I bless you this day to make the gospel a living gospel, a gospel of service, a gospel of love for all mankind.”
Funeral services will be held Saturday February 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday, February 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton.
Services for Jolette will be live-streamed at www.lindquistmortuary.com by scrolling to the bottom of her obituary page.