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June 2, 1930 - July 5, 2013

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Ernie began his career in law enforcement with the San Diego Harbor Police. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant, he decided he would take his career to a higher level and become an investigator. After a short stint with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, he was accepted as a Special Agent by the California Department of Justice. In the course of his career from 1959 to 1986, Ernie became a well known investigator, assigned to many major cases throughout the state.
Eventually promoted to the rank of Supervisory Special Agent, he became the Commander of a multi-agency narcotics task force in the Imperial Valley area of Southern California. After retiring from the DOJ, from 1986 to 1996, Ernie was appointed a special assistant to then District Attorney Ed Miller, and served as international liasion for the next ten years. An avid supporter of current DA Bonnie Dumanis, Ernie briefly came out of retirement to assist her in her initial successful campaign.
Ernie is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Socorro; three sons, Ernie Jr., Marc, and Michael; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and legions of devoted friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the cancer or heart charity of
your choice.
Services will be held on July 25, 2013 at 11 a.m., St. Therese Church, 6016 Camino Rico, San Diego, 92120. Reception to follow.
Please sign the guest book online at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ivpressonline

Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from July 19 to July 21, 2013
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