A bright light and true gentleman, Dale Eric Ensign, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 26, surrounded by his wife and children.

He had fought a heroic 19-month battle against esophageal cancer. Eric was a man who was full of faith and fully trusted in his Heavenly Father’s plan for him. He once said, “My life has been so richly blessed and there are so many who have lived hard and difficult lives. If I can take this for one of them, I am happy to do it.”

Eric Ensign was described as a man who was “blessed with an unusually kind and sensitive heart and a loving spirit of gentleness that endowed him with a gift to be able to connect with people almost instantaneously.” All who knew him felt of his love. He will be sorely missed.

The son of Joyce Murdock and Milton Dale Ensign, Eric was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 28, 1953. Although born in Utah, he was raised in San Francisco, CA, and later in Cody, Wyoming. Though opposites, San Francisco and Cody provided Eric with joyous memories and experiences that forever shaped his life. Eric described San Francisco in the 60’s as a magical place filled with exploration. His family moved to Cody, WY for his middle and high school years, and it was in Cody that Eric developed a love for basketball, golf, pheasant hunting, and Yellowstone National Park. He played on the Cody High basketball and golf teams.

As an adult, Eric returned often to San Francisco taking family members to a Giants Baseball game, or to have Wonton Soup at his favorite restaurant in Chinatown, or even to visit his childhood home in the marina. Additionally, whenever he needed to describe to his children how to do something, he always said, “Let me show how we do things in Cody.” Eric’s parents instilled in him a strong work ethic, a sense of independence, and a desire to follow the Savior Jesus Christ.

Eric was a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ throughout his life. As a young man, he served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Australia and was quickly identified as one with leadership skills. Heavy responsibilities in Australia later prepared him for a lifetime of steadfast church service.

Eric met the love of his life and eternal companion, Lisa MacCabe, on a blind date, in Rockville Maryland during the summer of 1975. After a courtship at BYU, they were sealed for time and all eternity on June 18, 1976, in the Washington DC Temple. Their 47 years of marriage were filled with joy and were tender and sweet. They welcomed seven children and raised them with patience, love, unity, and a focus on the discipleship of Christ. Their children often heard their father say, “I don’t want there to be any doubt that I love your mother.” He proved that with his every word and action. Family was his love. Just two days before his passing, Eric said to Lisa, “I may not have given you everything, but I am leaving you with 7 magnificent children.” Eric and Lisa have 18 grandchildren.

After graduating from BYU his professional career was comprised of managing commercial real estate. He was an accomplished negotiator and after every business meeting, all involved left feeling they had gotten the better end of the deal. He was hardworking and trustworthy.

Eric served in a variety of church callings and assignments including Sunday School President, Young Men’s President, Bishopric Counselor, Bishop, Member of the Stake High Council, Stake Presidency Counselor, and along with Lisa, President of the Ohio Cincinnati Mission. He wrote in his journal that having Lisa as his missionary companion was a dream come true. He loved serving and seemed most comfortable in a suit and tie. A cancer diagnosis shortened his service in Ohio, but when asked what he loved the most about his mission, he replied, “The missionaries.”

Eric was a man without guile. Even as he fought cancer, he remained positive, optimistic, and cheerful. He often downplayed his pain and continued to focus his attention and service on others. His example of compassion and discipleship impacted all who had the privilege to know him.

Eric is survived by his wife Lisa, and their seven children: Amy (Taft), Mckay (Molly), Taylor (Alisa), Grant (Jill), Tanner (Michelle), Camille, Hunter (Bailey), his father Milton Dale Ensign (Elaine), siblings Erlynn Lansing (Chris), Clint (Cindy), Jonathan (Tracy), his half-sister Heather Gordon (Corbin) as well as step-siblings Robert Pusey (Cari), Lisa Howe, Lynne Johnston (Mark), and Lance Ensign (Lisa). Eric is preceded in death by his mother, Joyce Murdock (Sidney), and his half-sister Celeste Ensign.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Vaia Florou and all those at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Huntsman at Home, and CNS Hospice for their professionalism and compassionate care. We emphasize appreciation to family, friends, and neighbors for expressions of love and support. Though our hearts are broken, our faith in the Savior provides us comfort in knowing that we will all be reunited with ‘The Man from Cody’ once again.

Viewing and Funeral Services will be held at the Stake Center located at 9880 South 3100 East. Sandy, UT 84092

Viewing: Thursday, April 6, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 pm

Viewing: Friday, April 7, 2023, from 9:30-10:45 am.

Funeral Services: Friday, April 7, 2023, at 11:00 am.

Internment to follow at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery: 10600 South 1700 East. Sandy, Utah 84092

Services

Viewing

Thursday, Apr. 06, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Granite View Stake Center
9880 South 3100 East
Sandy, UT 84092

Viewing

Friday, Apr. 07, 2023 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Granite View Stake Center
9880 South 3100 East
Sandy, UT 84092

Funeral Service

Friday, Apr. 07, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Granite View Stake Center
9880 South 3100 East
Sandy, UT 84092

Burial

Friday, Apr. 07, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery
1950 East Dimple Dell Road
Sandy, UT 84092

Services Handled By

Larkin Sunset Gardens
1950 E 10600 S
Sandy, UT

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Mar 29, 2023

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We loved the time we worshipped together in West Jordan with your young family. We were all starting out with visions of greater tomorrows. Many people felt the genuine love Eric had for them. His service was his mission. We knew he had so much potential, and it is especially reassuring to find that he has accomplished many endeavors. But, we know that his family was his top priority. Dear Lisa, and family, we offer our sincere condolences at this time of sorrow in his early passing. May the Spirit envelop you with all the sweet memories and with comfort in the days to come. Love, Gregg and Joanne Sainsbury

Joanne Sainsbury , West Jordan, UT, US Apr 25, 2023

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful faithful priesthood leader, father, husband, grandfather, cousin and just an all-around friend. We are all so stunned and saddened at the loss of Eric. But so very grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. Just knowing we will be together in the eternities. This is only but a short separation. (Although very tough) for us to go through. Eric Ensign is my cousin. (My mother was Patricia Ensign, M. Dale Ensign’s sister) A wonderful cousin Eric was! We didn’t see much of each other growing up, it was always off and on. We did meet up at several Ensign or Larsen reunions, occasional holidays or short vacations to Cody Wyoming were always a big hit. Eric had a way of making you feel welcome, warm and wonderful. You would leave his presence always wanting for more. Eric made you feel special, he had a very special “that something” inside of him which can only be described as a “gift from God.” He was given gifts of the spirit, special talents and abilities from our Father in Heaven. You would know that in an instant as soon as he shook your hand, gave you a very spirited “Hello” or a Big Hug from this man. At all times and at all places you were the only one he cared about. Eric would always put others ahead of himself. He was selfless, courageous, kind and always positive. I am just one of the many cousins would always emulate him. He was so talented! Matter of fact we would emulate the entire Ensign Family. They are all such good examples of what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is. There is a special place in heaven for Eric. I like others will be looking forward to seeing him again. I am so grateful to have had the privilege of being his cousin. My love to all of you! Steve

Steven Richards , Long Beach, CA, US Apr 25, 2023

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful faithful priesthood leader, father, husband, grandfather, cousin and just an all-around friend. So very grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. Just knowing we will be together in the eternities. This is only but a short separation. (Although very tough) for us to go through. Eric Ensign is my cousin. (My mother was Patricia Ensign, M. Dale Ensign’s sister) A wonderful cousin Eric was! We didn’t see much of each other growing up, it was always off and on. We did meet up at several Ensign or Larsen reunions, occasional holidays or short vacations to Cody Wyoming were always a big hit. Eric had a way of making you feel welcome, warm and wonderful. You would leave his presence always wanting for more. Eric made you feel special, he had a very special “that something” inside of him which can only be described as a “gift from God.” He was given gifts of the spirit, special talents and abilities from our Father in Heaven. You would know that in an instant as soon as he shook your hand, gave you a very spirited “Hello” or a Big Hug from this man. At all times and at all places you were the only one he cared about. Eric would always put others ahead of himself. He was selfless, courageous, kind and always positive. I am just one of the many cousins would always emulate him. He was so talented! Matter of fact we would emulate the entire Ensign Family. They are all such good examples of what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is. There is a special place in heaven for Eric. I like others will be looking forward to seeing him again. I am so grateful to have had the privilege of being his cousin. My love to all of you! Steve

Steven Richards , Long Beach, CA, US Apr 25, 2023

Katherine and I are deeply saddened, and truly sorry for your loss. We've known Eric to be an

Angelic son of our Heavenly Father who always lifted up those who were in his presence. We

never heard him utter an unkind word. He truly was without Guile. God Bless your family.

Dee Grimm Apr 06, 2023

Katherine and I are deeply saddened, and truly sorry for your loss. We've known Eric to be an

Angelic son of our Heavenly Father who always lifted up those who were in his presence. We

never heard him utter an unkind word. He truly was without Guile. God Bless your family.

Dee Grimm Apr 06, 2023

Eric was my sons mission president in Cincinnati, OH. He was a wonderful man! He and Lisa could not have been kinder, harder working people. He made my son feel so loved and created an amazing experince for he and so many other missionaries. All our condolences and love to Lisa and family.

Love,

Amy, Justin and Caden Woods

Amy Woods Mar 31, 2023

Eric was my sons mission president in Cincinnati, OH. He was a wonderful man! He and Lisa could not have been kinder, harder working people. He made my son feel so loved and created an amazing experince for he and so many other missionaries. All our condolences and love to Lisa and family.

Love,

Amy, Justin and Caden Woods

Amy Woods Mar 31, 2023

Eric was my sons mission president in Cincinnati, OH. He was a wonderful man! He and Lisa could not have been kinder, harder working people. He made my son feel so loved and created an amazing experince for he and so many other missionaries. All our condolences and love to Lisa and family.

Love,

Amy, Justin and Caden Woods

Amy Woods Mar 31, 2023

Eric was my sons mission president in Cincinnati, OH. He was a wonderful man! He and Lisa could not have been kinder, harder working people. He made my son feel so loved and created an amazing experince for he and so many other missionaries. All our condolences and love to Lisa and family.

Love,

Amy, Justin and Caden Woods

Amy Woods Mar 31, 2023

I did not know Eric well, but he was always such a kind man. May he rest with the angels. My condolences to the entire Ensign family and his friends.

Anna Mar 29, 2023

I did not know Eric well, but he was always such a kind man. May he rest with the angels. My condolences to the entire Ensign family and his friends.

Anna Mar 29, 2023

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