Age 56, born in 1957 in Cleveland, OH. Dale came to the Santa Barbara area in 1968. He lived for a time in Michigan in his youth and Los Angeles for work, but always returned to this area. He has lived in Arroyo Grande and Shell Beach for the past 4 years.
He graduated from San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara in 1976. He attended Santa Barbara City College for 3 years majoring in Theatre Production from 1978 to 1981.
He was a videographer foremost. He worked locally for KEYT for many years. Also he was instrumental in setting up the video news web site for the Santa Barbara News Press. He began his interest in this genre as a young man following a dream to become a disc jockey for local radio stations.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1976. Received commendation from the Naval Technical Training Center in Pensacola, FL; received a Good Conduct Medal and a Rifle Expert Badge. He was discharged with rank of Lance Corporal.
Dale was known for his dry humor and matter-of-fact approach to life. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially, his granddaughter, Isabella. Dale was an entrepreneur. Even when his disease left him unable to work, he sought projects to keep him relevant and engaged in society. He transformed old jeans into bags, and offered his services as a videographer and editor to help people leave a legacy by documenting their lives. He left his own family a wonderful history by converting old photos, slides, music, into digital format. He was an avid reader, mostly of the science fiction genre, possibly like most people who read he did so to escape his own "ordinary life" and to live vicariously through the characters he loved.
He said more than once that when he passed he would like his children to be a true "Speaker for the Dead", referring to one of his favorite book series' Ender's Game," where the main character became known as a great speaker for people that have passed. And what made that character so great was the fact that he did not gloss over their lives like most people are want to do, but spoke truthfully about every aspect of their lives, the good and the bad so that the anyone listening could truly know the person. And we think that was somewhat how he lived his life. He did not hide that fact that he had an addiction to alcohol, which had most certainly sealed his fate. He was truthful about most things and that is very admirable in any one person.
Survived by: Children: Jennifer Ernest Nassar (Milton) of Winnecta, CA; Dane Ernest of San Jose, CA; Bryan Ernest of Elmendorf AFB, AK. Mother: Gayle B. Leaf (Walters) of Arroyo Grande, CA. Brother: Dwight Ernest (Sarah Florreich) of Berlin, MA. Sister: Jo Ernest (Donna Verbeckmoes) of Arroyo Grande, CA. Granddaughter: Isabella Nassar of Winnecta, CA. Fiance: Denise Montanes of Shell Beach, CA. He is also survived by 2 nieces and 3 nephews. Father: David A. Ernest preceded Dale in death in 1993.
There will be a Celebration of Dale's Life in the fall of this year in the Santa Barbara area. Please contact Marshall-Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel for details at 805-489-5552.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to: Wilshire Hospice of San Luis Obispo, 277 South St., Ste. W, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
"There is an old Turkish curse, "May you live in interesting times." My life was very interesting. I saw and experienced things that most people did not. I fathered and loved three wonderful children. I loved several wonderful women. I only wish I had been more passionate, more often, about more things."
- Dale Ernest