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Ernest Speckert Jr. passed away peacefully on November 6, 2014 at his home surrounded by family and friends following a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Despite Ernie's diagnosis, he continued to live life to the fullest; traveling to exotic places, spending time with those who meant most to him and developing new hobbies like guitar and disk golf.

Ernie was born in Marysville, Calif. on Aug. 27, 1949 and moved to Santa Cruz in his early 20s where he spent most of his adult life. After a short stint performing carpentry work at O'Neill Surf Shop, Ernie decided to pursue a career as a carpenter, which spoke to his artistic side.

Ernie worked as a union carpenter for many years on both commercial and residential jobs before earning his general contractors license. He later started two construction companies, Speckert Construction and then Seacor Builders after his children, Sean and Corinne, were born. He continued to work under the business name Seacor Builders until retirement.

Ernie took great pride in his work and built many beautiful homes in Santa Cruz County and Washington State, where he lived with his wife and children before moving back to Santa Cruz in 2000.

Ernie later became involved with the US Government Small Business Administration Disaster Reserve, aiding in natural-disaster relief efforts as a construction analyst. One of his most notable cases was Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where he spent months assessing damage in 2005.

Ernie was an avid sports enthusiast, sailing to Hawaii and back in his 30s and continuing to sail throughout his life. He loved fishing and belonged to fishing clubs in both California and Washington. Hunting pheasant in Marysville with his father over Thanksgiving was a long-lived tradition.

Ernie loved cooking and was always preparing new dishes to impress friends and family. Entertaining was important and Ernie was a gracious and generous host. The last weeks of Ernie's life were spent watching the San Francisco Giants win the World Series, while indulging in great food and wine, surrounded by those who love him most.

Ernie will always be remembered as a loving, caring and thoughtful friend and father.

Ernie was preceded in death by his mother Mary Ruth Jarvis, his father Ernest Speckert Sr. and his stepmother Beverly Wilson Speckert.

Ernie is survived by his many friends, as well as his siblings Robert and Trecia Speckert and Marilyn Fenn; his step-siblings Cristy and Richard Jensen; his ex-wife Joan Speckert, who had a close relationship with Ernie until the very end; and his pet parakeets. Most importantly, Ernie is survived by his son and daughter, Sean and Corinne Speckert, who were the pride and joy of his life.

We love you Ernie - you will be greatly missed.

An invitation-only memorial and life celebration will take place at The Crow's Nest January 10, 2015. For information regarding the life celebration, email [email protected]

Condolences can be sent to [email protected]
Published in Appeal Democrat on Dec. 9, 2014
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