ERNEST EUGENE HARTMAN August 23, 1932 - March 12, 2013 Ernest Eugene Hartman passed away peacefully early in the morning on March 12, 2013. Ernie was born in Hebron, Nebraska on August 23, 1932 to Alice and Ernest J. Hartman. His parents pulled up stakes and moved their family to San Fernando, California when Ernie was still quite young. The family eventually moved to the Coachella Valley where Ernie attended Coachella Valley High School, there he met JoAnn LaBar, who became his high school sweetheart, and they were married in 1951.Upon getting married Ernie and his wife moved to Puyallup, Washington to work in his mother's photography business and it was here they started their family. Ernie preferred sunny California to rainy Washington and he moved his family back to California in 1959. Never one to stay in one place too long Ernie moved his family many times but California remained his home for the rest of his life. Ernie followed in the footsteps of both his father and mother becoming a professional photographer. He took photos of everything but his specialty was portraits. Ernie enjoyed taking pictures of family, friends and events. He leaves behind many fine pictures that make people smile! Ernie loved the outdoors. He loved taking family and friends out camping, backpacking and fishing every chance he got. He enjoyed sharing the outdoors with others and gave many people their first experience camping and fishing. He instilled this passion in his family who all continue to be outdoors as often as possible. Ernie is survived by Joann and their children; daughter Debbie and her husband Jim Chakarun, son Troy Hartman, son Tary Hartman and his wife Cindi and son Ernie Hartman and his wife Christine. Grandchildren Todd Hartman, Stacie Bell and her husband Robert, John Hartman, Russell and Randy Martinelli, Sara Tracey and Amelia Golden. Great-grandchildren Adreana, Robert, and Angelisa Bell, Logan Tracey and Johnny Martinelli. He is also survived by his sister Ruth and her husband Don Smith, his sister Shirley and her husband Ken Goodin and his brother Jim Hartman. Ernie touched the lives of many and leaves behind many family & friends who will miss him dearly. The family gives heartfelt thanks to Dr. Wickenheiser and St. Elizabeth Home Health and Hospice for their assistance, support and kindness.

Published in Daily News on Mar. 20, 2013