Erin, an adored youngest child of Lorraine and Don Kimball, shared the attention of her parents with her big brother, Jeff, and her sisters, Susan, Jana and Cindy. She was the white-blonde child who tagged along and worked hard to belong. School was difficult for her and she lived outside the circle of the “in crowd.” Erin grew to be an attractive, tall, gentle young woman who loved all things yellow, crafted poetry, and who continued to struggle with school and fitting in. Erin married young and had two children by the time she was 21. When her marriage turned destructive, Erin lacked the education, resources and skills to support herself and 5 month old Joey and Brittany who had just turned 3. Jana welcomed Erin and the children into her home while her family searched for resources that could help her stabilize, build her esteem and assist her with the skills to become self-sustaining, resources that were non-existent in 1983.
When Joey became critically ill, and Erin did not have transportation to get him to the emergency room, Erin called her husband, Joe, who picked them up but didn’t drive them to the hospital. A short time later they were found near the Salt Lake Airport, all dead in an act of insanity, a triple homicide and suicide.
Although Erin and the children are no longer with us, they have inspired the work of the Erin Kimball Foundation. We love and miss you, Erin, Brittany and Joey.