Ernest M. Armijo |

Ernest M. Armijo

Ernest M. Armijo, 65, of Minden, Nev., died July 4, 2007, at home with family and friends, following a motorcycle accident June 10 in Utah.

Ernie was born July 9, 1941, in Los Angeles to Rafael and Maria Armijo. He lived in Banning, Calif., Galveston, Texas, and South Lake Tahoe before moving to Minden with his wife, Anne. He owned the Town and Country Market with his ex-wife, Pat Armijo, from 1976 to 1978. In October 1983, he went to work for Bonanza Produce, where he was employed in sales for the past 23 years. He served the Tahoe area as well as customers from Bishop, Mammoth and June Lakes, Calif.

Ernie smiled from the inside and made everyone he touched feel warm and fuzzy. He loved his motorcycle and spent countless hours riding with friends and talking bikes with his friends in the “clubhouse.” He loved to tinker with mechanical things and was a fan of old black and white movies. Ernie was a large man in stature and gigantic in spirit, judging by the huge impact he had on all the lives he touched. He was extremely fond of his family. He enriched the lives of all who knew him and will be missed on this Earth.

He is survived by his wife, Anne, of Minden; daughter Rachel, son-in-law Jimmy, and grandson Tyler Whitlock of McKinney, Texas; stepchildren, Michael Toomey of Galveston, Michelle Fletcher of Oakland, Calif., Peter Morales of Reno, and Heather Morales of Minden; brother, Peter Magana of South Lake Tahoe, Raoul Magana of Cherry Valley, Calif., and Ronaldo of Monterey Park and James Ornelas of Sacramento, Calif.; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

A celebration of life will take place starting at 2 p.m. on July 14 at the TailDragger Café at the Minden Airport. The family would love to hear any stories anyone has to share about Ernie at that time.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Ernest M. Armijo Memorial account No. 847279 or to Greater Nevada Credit Union, 1545 Highway 395, Minden, NV 89423 to help defray his medical and funeral costs.

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