E. Michael Ervin December 21, 1942 – March 23, 2012 E. Michael Ervin of Grand Junction died on March 23, at St. Mary's Hospital. Born December 21, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Gil and Cathy Ervin, he is survived by a brother, Henry N. "Nick" Ervin of San Diego, CA, and sister, Lisa Ervin Magill of Walnut Creek, CA. He was preceded in death by his sister, Frances (Ervin) Hawton of Colorado Springs, and his parents. After attending high school in Dallas, Texas, Michael attended the University of Colorado at Boulder; he graduated with a BA degree in 1968. During the Viet Nam war he served as a U. S. Marine Corps reservist. After a career as an advertising account manager for several companies, Michael retired and moved to Grand Junction in 1999. According to his brother Nick, "He LOVED living in Grand Junction, and connected with a community for the first time in his life." Michael was known in Grand Junction as a liberal activist who crusaded against displaying the Ten Commandments on the Courthouse lawn and sectarian prayers at meetings of the City Council and County Commissioners, among other issues. "E. Michael Ervin" became a familiar voice as a frequent contributor of editorial letters to the Daily Sentinel, and for the column he wrote for many months for the Grand Junction Free Press. It may surprise some of Michael's friends to learn he was a confirmed conservative Republican for most of his life. Michael had been serving on the Board of Directors of Marillac Clinic. As there will be no formal funeral service, those wishing to make a memorial contribution for Michael may direct contributions to Marillac Clinic, 2333 N. 6th Street, Grand Junction 81501.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Apr. 1, 2012