April 3, 1955-Jan. 3, 2018
Glenn John Erickson, of Butte, Montana, passed away in his home on the evening of Jan. 3, 2018, at the age of 62. Glenn was born in Butte to Ann Theresa McDevitt Erickson and the late Glenn (Jake) John Erickson, Sr., but spent over the first half of his life in California.
At an early age, Glenn demonstrated a passion and an innate aptitude for business and entrepreneurship. He progressed from being charged with managing and running a golf course in his late youth to co-developing, owning and operating a successful golf shop in Monterey. He was creative and innovative and loved to develop new and exciting business ideas and opportunities. This led Glenn back to his hometown of Butte, where he dreamt up, brought to life and opened the doors to Gilligan’s Tobacco Shop and Havanah’s Lounge & Casino in 1998 from the remnants of a torn down railroad building on Front Street.
Glenn was known by most when he was younger as “the kid that never stopped”, and this stuck with him throughout his life. He was avidly dedicated to growing his business and there weren’t many days he couldn’t be found running around somewhere inside the store he was so proud of. He was a savvy businessman, but Glenn also enjoyed personally teaching and mentoring the many employees who worked for him throughout the years and was wholly dedicated to his patrons, without which, there would be no Gilligan’s. He was most at ease when he got the opportunity to step away from the daily minutia of running the business and could interact and joke with the shop employees and loyal customers who made Gilligan’s what it was.
In the rare moments when Glenn wasn’t working, he liked to unwind with steak and potatoes at home or at one of the local restaurants. Glenn closely followed golf tournaments, basketball and baseball (especially his Los Angeles Dodgers) and loved classic rock — so much so that he once shut down the entire store to send all employees to see the Rolling Stones when they were on tour in Missoula. He was a loyal and generous friend who would do anything to help someone and a devoted son who deeply loved his mother.
His presence both at the store that he loved so much and in the lives of those who have been impacted by him will be profoundly missed.
Glenn was preceded in death by his father, Glenn J. Erickson Sr.
He is survived by his mother, Ann T. McDevitt Erickson (Arizona) and brother, Patrick J. Erickson (California).
A memorial service to celebrate Glenn’s life is pending and will be announced separately.