Eric Donald Jeanes

April 23, 1968February 15, 2021

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Eric Jeanes, unexpectedly, the morning of February 15th, after a brief illness.

Eric was a tough nut to crack, but once you did, you had a loyal friend and a committed father. Eric took a deep dive into anything that sparked his interest. Mainly fishing, baseball, his kids, and the Minnesota Vikings. His bedside bookcase has 40 books on fishing stacked up on 40 books on baseball.

Eric was an outdoorsman to the core. As a Fish Biologist and an avid sports-fisherman, he was committed to protecting, saving, and catching every kind of fish that swims in the Pacific Northwest waters. He worked at R2 Resource Consultants Environmental Firm for 26 years, creating lifelong connections and several fishing buddies along the way. Eric held a Master of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Fish and Wildlife from Montana State University. He had integrity in his work, and he was passionate about protecting local salmon habitats. Probably so he could catch more fish.

If he wasn't on the Puget Sound fishing for Blackmouth or the Salish Sea fishing for Coho, or the Columbia River fishing for Chinook, he was on the baseball field or in the backyard batting cage with his son. He was very active in youth baseball and volunteered with the Sno-Valley North Little League. He was always game for scorekeeping, coaching, or talking strategy, and he could argue the rule book until the sun went down behind the trees of Big Rock Ballfield in Duvall, WA.

He was raised near Waverly Iowa, but he made his home near the sea. He was 52 years old and is survived by his loving wife, Becky Jeanes, and his daughter, Parker Jeanes (17), and his son, Fischer Jeanes (14) also of Carnation, WA. He is also survived by his father and mother, Larry and Teresa Jeanes, of Plainfield, Iowa, his sisters, Laurie Jeanes of Hermosa, South Dakota, and Heather Holmes of Kennewick, WA.

He threw us a curveball and we will miss him dearly. Eric wasn’t much for sentiment, so in lieu of flowers, a GOFundMe memorial donation site has been set up to help Becky, Parker, and Fischer with this incredibly difficult, unexpected, and sad time:

An outdoor summer memorial service will be planned; it would only be right to celebrate Eric’s life in the outdoors.


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Brad Wedeking

February 21, 2021

I played softball with Eric before he moved out west. He was a very good young ball player who gave it his all. I remember us losing to Frederika one night and how upset he was over losing. That's how I will remember Eric, he cared even about a game that meant nothing. He was always fun to be around and a person who cared about you. The world is going to miss him. I hope his family finds peace in his passing.

Phil Hilgert

February 20, 2021

Eric was a hard-charger who expected the best efforts out of himself and those around him. His Iowa roots were evident in his work ethic and the meticulous care he gave to his work equipment and fishing gear. Eric was fiercely proud of Becky, Parker, and Fischer and their interests and accomplishments. When he passes through the Pearly Gates, I imagine him asking St. Peter if there’s a limit on how many rods he can fish.

Eric Armstrong

February 18, 2021

Miss him, because I grew up with him.