"The guy was a funny guy, he was a comic and just wonderful to be around," said Carvel Anderson speaking about his son Eric. In the family room of his West Jordan home, surrounded by his wife and children, he took time to reflect.
"He belonged to everybody and everybody loved him," he said. "He would console people, he would talk to people."
That included the family dog.
Eric Anderson was a music major at Utah State University, a trumpet player in the marching band. He often accompanied his sister's dog Toby who often sang along.
In fact, Toby howled instantly when Eric's brother Wayne played a few notes from the family trumpet, filling the room with smiles.
"He loved that dog," Eric's mom Gayle said. "Even when he was on his mission he would have Toby sing to him over the phone."
It was a happy moment at a difficult time for the family.
Just days ago, Eric was riding his bike on Old Main Hill near Utah State's campus. Then he hit a slack line, a rope tied between trees used by climbers for balance exercises. Eric later died from his injuries sending a shock wave through his childhood home.
"When he told me there was no pulse I just, no," cried Eric's dad. "No it can't be, it can't happen to our family."
However, despite their devastation, the Andersons came together relying on their faith.
"I've told the Lord okay, I know you know better than I do, I know you have plans," he said.
"That's what we hold onto," said Eric's younger sister Emily. "That's what comforts us. I mean he was so happy here on earth, but to know how much happier he is there."
The Andersons told ABC4 Utah their belief in a better place and their love for one another has been a saving grace.
"The thing that has kept us together the most is doing everything together as a family," Eric's Dad said.
His mom agreed. "That's such a blessing that we have such a tight knit family and Eric is a part of it."
Funeral services for Eric will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Welby 2nd Ward Chapel at 9376 South 4000 West at noon. A viewing will be held prior to the service starting at ten o'clock. There will be another viewing on Friday evening from 7:00-9:00 at the same church building.
The family is accepting donations at America First Credit Union under the Eric S. Anderson Memorial Fund or at P.O. Box 9199 in Ogden, UT 94409. The proceeds will go to help the family cover burial costs.