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“Every Halloween we'd always end up together even if we hadn't talked for the longest time, it's been a couple months now.. I really miss you man, I...Read More »
1 of 41 | Posted by: RJ - Surprise, AZ

“I am so, so sorry to hear of your loss. Jonathan played with our son, Theo, and I can recall a time when Theo fell off his bike and was hurt and...Read More »
2 of 41 | Posted by: Kristine Poterbin - Surprise, AZ

“sense sixth grade we knew each other, in reading me, you, and frank found a way to entertain each other. We had great times together and you where...Read More »
3 of 41 | Posted by: Colton Hunt - Anthem, AZ

“To the family of Jonathan Erekson; Hello, my name is Kylie Will and I attend Shadow Ridge High School and will be going into my senior year in August...Read More »
4 of 41 | Posted by: Kylie Will - Surprise, AZ

“Jonathan ~ I'm so sorry you were hurting so badly and I wish more then anything that I had known and was there for you. Austin and I love you very...Read More »
5 of 41 | Posted by: Jenna - Surprise, AZ - Aunt

“Jonathan, may you be at peace in God's hands. I'll miss you. Have you seen our ancestors that have passed on before you? Please look for Grandma Anna...Read More »
6 of 41 | Posted by: Darlene Giglio - San Diego, CA

“Your smile stays with me... As I remember... We ran fast as the wind, through corn fields and in the neighborhood. We drove to places, just to get...Read More »
7 of 41 | Posted by: Lydia - Surprise, AZ

“Jonathan was my best friend in elementary school since 4th grade I was always jokeing with him in class playing football at recess. Thise where the...Read More »
8 of 41 | Posted by: jaime cervantez - surprise, AZ

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. ”
9 of 41 | Posted by: Nanette Ramirez - Goodyear, AZ

“I didn't know Jonathan but when I heard and saw everyone around me break down, it was very sad. My prayers go out to Jonathan and his family. You...Read More »
10 of 41 | Posted by: Emilee Bush - Waddell, AZ

“JAE you were my one and only brother and with you gone our family's dysfunction can only continue to grow until it crashes down on its own weight of...Read More »
11 of 41 | Posted by: Nicholas Giglio - surrise, AZ

“Johnny was such an amazing person, one of my best friends actually. I didn't know him as long as a lot of you but he became a close friend in such a...Read More »
12 of 41 | Posted by: Cassidy Jo Ziegler - suprise, AZ

“I did not know Johnathan, but he sounds like he was a wonderful young man. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and know that one day you...Read More »
13 of 41 | Posted by: Angela - SRHS ASSISTANT TEACHER

“I didn't know Jonathan but I felt my heart drop when I heard about the tragedy that occurred. Family and friends, you are in my prayers<3 ”
14 of 41 | Posted by: Alison Cooksey - Fellow Stallion

“He was always such a lively classmate always made me smile and he will be dearly missed. Wish I got to know him just a little better. ”
15 of 41 | Posted by: Cheyenne Woody - surprise, AZ

“R.I.P Johnny I wish I could of gotten to know you better we'll miss you ”
16 of 41 | Posted by: Alexis Hughey - surprise, AZ

“I'm so very sorry. He always seemed happy at school and he was a great kid ”
17 of 41 | Posted by: Jordan - friend

“I'm sorry. ”
18 of 41 | Posted by: Savannah - AZ - none

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of Jonathan's family and friends during this difficult time. Jared, know that we all love you, are thinking...Read More »
19 of 41 | Posted by: Misty

“He will be missed! McDonald family is praying for peace to enter all the hearts of those that are mourning. R.I.P. <3 ”
20 of 41 | Posted by: Grace McDonald - Surprise, AZ

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family! ”
21 of 41 | Posted by: Gallego Family - Surprise, AZ

“GMy thoughts and prays go to everyone who knew this outstanding person . Eventhrough I didn't know you I wish I could have had a chance to know you....Read More »
22 of 41 | Posted by: Sara Roush - Surprise, AZ

“I may not of known you that well but I do know that you were an outstanding person and you'll be missed... You've helped so many people and you left...Read More »
23 of 41 | Posted by: Jayda And Crystal - Surprise, AZ

“Johnny, will forever be our hearts. You were such an amazing , hilarious guy. He had this smile on his face, that could light up anyone's day. I'm...Read More »
24 of 41 | Posted by: Savannah p. - Surprise, AZ

“Johnny was an amazing person. He was funny kind and a very smart guy. His heart was so big and full of love. He helped me in my time of need and I...Read More »
25 of 41 | Posted by: Shannon Harlock - surprise, AZ

“Our prayers are with you and your family. We are so very sorry for the loss of Johnny. ”
26 of 41 | Posted by: Deana, Dereck, Jesse and Harley Toribio - AZ

“My favorite amigo is gone, unfortunately. I've known him since 2nd grade and to see that he could go beyond any limit and nothing was taboo for him...Read More »
27 of 41 | Posted by: Luke Caparas - Surprise, AZ

“My heart breaks for you and your family. He has left you with so many happy memories and the challenge will be to focus on those when the sorrow is...Read More »
28 of 41 | Posted by: Nichole Grosser - Glendale, AZ

“I always remember Johnny as the funny, caring guy. His jokes always made me laugh like crazy, and I will never forget that. He always had a smile on...Read More »
29 of 41 | Posted by: Brianna Bolton - surprise, AZ

“My sincere condolences to you Jared, Dara, Nick and all of Johnny's family. I had the pleasure to know your young man and I will have lasting...Read More »
30 of 41 | Posted by: Eric Konrad - Surprise, AZ

“Dearest Jared, I can't find the words to express the deep sadness I feel about the loss of your son Jonathan. I still remember when you use to bring...Read More »
31 of 41 | Posted by: Christina Valenzuela - Avondale, AZ

“Jonathan was my best friend he gave me a adventure that i will never forget a life that i will always be in indebted to him. Johnny always had my...Read More »
32 of 41 | Posted by: Grayson Merrit - Surprise, AZ

“My deepest condolences. Many people wonder why God allows such things to happen. You can all be sure that God did not cause you all this grief. And...Read More »
33 of 41 | Posted by: May R.

“When God calls our children to dwell with Him above, We mortals sometimes question the wisdon of His love. For no heartache compares with, the...Read More »
34 of 41 | Posted by: Margie Bahm - Peoria, AZ - Friend

“My thoughts of Jonathan will always bring a smile to my face as he was happy when he came into the Bookstore. May God be with you in your time of...Read More »
35 of 41 | Posted by: Mrs. Landis - Bookstore Manager

“Bless you and yours... Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free to follow the path God made for me I took His hand when I heard Him call. I turned my...Read More »
36 of 41 | Posted by: Pat - Litchifeld Park, AZ

“Jonathan was a great kid. He was full of joy and his jokes brought laughter to the class. He was loved and will be missed. I hope that his pain...Read More »
37 of 41 | Posted by: Patricia Christopher - AZ

“Jared, "Think of your child, then, not as dead, but as living; not as a flower that has withered, but as one that is transplanted, and touched by a...Read More »
38 of 41 | Posted by: Joni and ValenBurd - Phoenix, AZ

“May the fondest memories carry all through the loss of such a young man. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the friends and family. May your...Read More »
39 of 41 | Posted by: Connie Davenny - Peoria, AZ

“May God light your way and provide you with peace. One day your family will reconnect with you and you all shall live forever with our almighty...Read More »
40 of 41 | Posted by: Scott - Surprise, AZ

“Know that your family and friends love you. Godspeed young man. ”
41 of 41 | Posted by: Hope Pramuk - SRHS teacher


JONATHAN ANDREW EREKSON, beloved son and brother, passed from this life Tuesday, April 8th, 2014. He was born June 25th, 1999 in Glendale, Arizona. He was fourteen years old. There were so many wonderful things about him that to list them all would require many, many pages. Growing up he was involved in many sporting events, including: basketball, football, soccer, and baseball. He was gifted athletically and there was an inherent grace to him. He loved to cook and prepared many dishes for his family. But best of all he had a kind and tender heart. Many a stray dog or cat or injured bird found help and solace in his hands. He was funny, intelligent, and simply the best part of his parent's lives. It cannot be overstated how much he was loved and will be missed. His beautiful smile could touch anyone's heart. Jonathan lived in Surprise, Arizona and attended Shadow Ridge High School as a freshman. Jonathan is survived by his mother Dara Giglio, his father Jared Erekson, his brother Nicholas Giglio, his grandparents Thomas and Valerie Giglio, his grandmother Louise Erekson, and also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at Arrowhead Funeral Center at 7545 W. Rose Garden Ln. Glendale, AZ 85308 from 5 to 8pm. The phone number is 623-362-3255. Service will be Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 10am with burial to follow (same location).