Ernest Abraham "Ernie" Garcia
1980 - 2020
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Ernest "Ernie" Abraham Garcia was brought into this world on 09-20-1980 by his mother Elba Lucero and his father Joe Garcia, and raised with the love and support of his step parents Jerry Ulibarri and Jaddis Martin. And since that day, he has been nothing less than a ball of joy, light, love, and laughter to all those around him. Ernest passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends at MRMC hospice house on 08-20-2020 as a result of COVID complications.

Throughout his life, he discovered and developed his love for life, art, the outdoors, exercise, nursing, and caring for others. Ernest found his callings as both an avid ultra-marathon runner, running a total of 35 full marathons in his life, and as a psychiatric nurse caring for those living with a severe mental health disorder.

Those who knew Ernie, said that he had a light about him, and made every single person he met to feel loved, safe, and as if they were his best friend, because to Ernie everyone was truly his best friend.

Ernest is survived but his father, Joe Garcia, his stepmother Jaddis Martin, his sisters: Nora "cookie" Garcia, Maryann Lucero, Josie Tackett, Ernestine "Tinnie" Faulks, his brother Joe Garcia Jr., his siblings-in-law: Russel Tackett, David Lucero, Juan Valencia, Mandi Garcia, his stepsister: Bobbie Jo Martin, his nieces and nephews who were his world: Lena Bramwell, Russel "Adam/Grim" Tackett, Lance Tackett, Riley Lucero, Tyler Lucero, and Jacob Lucero, Kent Kerrigan, JD Garcia, Jonathan Garcia, and Justin Garcia, his great-nieces and great-nephew Bella Rose Bramwell, Zayne Tackett, and Kassie Tackett, and his fiance Scott Johnson.

His family and the community will forever be touched and changed by the love and life he outpoured without reserve into it. And we will carry his love, light, and laughter with us forever in his memory.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Aug. 24, 2020.
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September 4, 2020
23 years ago I met Ernie we became instant friends. Very very good friends. I gave him a job at Pizza Hut about 1 year after we met. He wanted me to show him how to wait tables. There are so many funny stories Ernie was the greatest. I am and always will be proud of him and so grateful to God for letting me a part of his life. I now have 2 holes in my ❤. First one is from loosing my husband. Ernie I will never forget you I love you and say hello to Art. My prayers are with your family.
Mary Carroll
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September 1, 2020
My deepest condolences to Ernie's Family and to all who loved him. I'm so sorry.
Karen Torres
August 29, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Ernie's family. Rest in peace. God bless you.
Acosta Family
August 29, 2020
I met Ernie years ago at the Durango Sports Club. I admired his dedication to fitness and that he prioritized his workouts making them a way of life. More than that, he exuded an unparalleled warmth and compassion. Ernie just had this way of elevating one's mood with his demeanor and unforgettable smile. I miss him terribly.
Chris Bauer
August 26, 2020
Scott and family,

My heart is heavy hearing this news of Ernie’s passing. I first met Ernie in Moab as I sat next to him on the bus to the start line of a half marathon. It was my first and, well, his thousandth. He made me feel at ease and less nervous. Then, come to find out we were both from Durango. RIP Ernie. I will miss our mutual cheers in Strava when we have completed a run.
Earl McGee
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