Eric David Lunde |

Eric David Lunde

Eric David Lunde passed away on November 8, 2017, at the age of 47. He was a longtime resident of Olympic Valley, Calif., and is well known for the many years he worked as a bartender at Balboa Cafe and PlumpJack Cafe.

Most everyone just called him Lunde. You could still hear the Minnesota in his voice. He ground whole beans every morning for his coffee. He listened to the news every morning. He giggled like a little boy when he got excited. He loved tequila. He loved vodka martinis. He loved Italian reds. He liked Pellegrino on ice when he was hung over. He loved honey.

When he blew his nose, it sounded like a kazoo. His doctor told him he had one of the worst cases of sleep apnea he’d ever seen. He could be heard snoring down the hall with both doors shut. He dosed off sitting up in front of the TV before bed every night.

He was never afraid to dance. He always put ridiculous emojis in his text messages. He was never bored. No one was ever bored around him. He left the porch light on at night. He thought about people.

He was always up to something, going on some adventure somewhere. He made everything fun. This last summer he lived to golf, camp, go to the beach, go to concerts and games, have great meals and drinks, visit friends, hang out at PlumpJack. He saw one of Tom Petty’s last concerts. The man could party like no one’s business. He gave great hugs. He was always smiling.

For someone who’d had a terrible hand dealt to him on multiple occasions in his life, he was forever good spirited. He was the first person to offer help to anyone. He was genuinely kind. He was so incredibly loved by everyone who knew him. He loved everyone too.

The loss of him, there aren’t words. None of these things do justice to how he contributed to his experience on earth. Lunde lived, loved life, loved everybody. Nothing can express how pure goodness was embodied through the behavior and intention of one human being.

A Celebration of hisLlife will take place on Saturday, January 27th, at the PlumpJack Conference Center from 2-5pm.

A ski day in his honor will take place at Squaw Valley on Sunday, January 28. Friends are to meet in the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn lobby at 9am. Drinks to follow at the Auld Dubliner at 12pm.

Anyone who would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers may visit to support the Truckee Bike Park. Flowers may be sent to: PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, 1920 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

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