Ernest "Ernie" Morris
1927 - 2021
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Ernest "Ernie" Morris
May 5, 2021
Templeton, California - Ernest Morris "Vaquero Artist" 1927 - 2021
Ernest "Ernie" (Albert) Morris died peacefully in his sleep on May 5, 2021 at his ranch near Templeton, California. He was 93 years old. He was born in 1927 in Fellows in Kern County, California.
Ernie was preceded in death by his father Donald Morris, his mother Jessie Simmons, his sister Clara Garett, his wife Blanche Morris, and his step-daughter Linda Smith. He is survived by his step-son Ralph Pavey (Diane), four grandchildren Dawn Smith (John Elwood) Brian Pavey (Janelle), Kenny Pavey (Shannon), Jeff Smith (Gina), seven great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild.
Ernie's final resting place is the Paso Robles District Cemetery beside his wife Blanche. Because of Covid restrictions services will be private. For more information on Ernie's life or Find Obituaries (

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Published in & from May 15 to May 16, 2021.
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May 17, 2021
Now you can ride that beautiful palomino into the sunset forever.
May 16, 2021
Ernie was always a delight to talk with. He liked to share his vast knowledge & experience of early CA ranches & reined cow horses. His family were vaqueros.
He once told me that every night he fell asleep thinking of riding a two-reined horse.
Carole Wangenheim
May 15, 2021
I knew of Mr Morris, Ernie, before arriving in SLO to attend Cal Poly in 1970. Eventually our passed crossed and what an adventure it was. Time spent with both Ernie and Blance was priceless for me. Visits to the house, time spent in his studio, talking art, discussing his books, making hair ropes. He loved sharing his knowledge of all things Vaquero. A talented man.
Sharon Gripp
May 15, 2021
Ernie was a true vaquero legend. I loved seeing him at the Paso Fair stock horse show. Ernie would also go to the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity. In 1988 I commissioned him to do a painting of my futurity entry Flashinic who eventually became a Supreme Reined Cow Horse. He added our branding irons and a riata to that painting. The Parade Of Colors print is also a favorite among our friends.
Debby Sanguinetti
May 13, 2021
Via con Dios Vaquero
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